About A470 Soaring

This is the blog for a few guys who spend their time flying radio controlled gliders, or slope soarer's, from the many and varied slopes around SE Wales.

This usually begins at the northern end of Cardiff, driving north up the A470 up to the Heads of the Valley's and the southern fringe of the Brecon Beacons. But the A470 road continues its windy way all the way to N Wales.

There are many slopes available for most wind directions, the most famous being the area between Nant-y-Moel and Treorchi known as The Bwlch, which has some of the best slopes and flying in Europe with many F3F competitions being held there each year and visited by many fliers from Europe and around the world. At 1500 feet (450m) above sea level, there is usually more wind than not, and certainly more than at sea level.

If you require any further information, are new to slope soaring or are visiting the area, please contact Steve at steve.houghton59@gmail.com . I look forward to hearing from you.

Take a look at Page 2 (look below and to the left here) for Google maps of our most popular Flying Sites.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Phil maidens his Spirit 100

So today's action was on Fochriw, with a light, (10 mph ish) breeze blowing. We had to share the slope with a load of para gliders, unfortunately, but we expect that when the wind is light.
Phil had brought along his latest acquisition, a Great Planes Spirit 100 thermal soarer. He hadn't had time to fully programme his transmitter, then discovered that a newly fitted flap servo didn't want to work but, he taped up the flaps and we headed into the rise to the rear of the slope for a few test glides before committing it to the slope. 

As for the rest of the day? We did manage to have some foamy fun but we were constantly having to dodge the para gliders. 

Here is the video, taken using my iPhone.

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