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, 1 February 2015

A smashing time on Meio

I could only manage a short time flying on Meio so I took the Traceur and the Polecat with me. 

The wind was about 25mph N to NW and I launched the Traceur. This plane loves stronger winds and she was flying fabulously until I pulled out of a manoeuvre a bit low, clipped the wing tip on the ground, and I bent the wing joiner. 

So I launched the Polecat, but after a few quick passes, I took the plane to far left, where the slope turns to westerly, lost the lift and she plummeted out of the sky. Oooops. 

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