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, 15 March 2015

An English Dragon in Wales

Today I met up with Paul from Slope Soaring Sussex in Merthyr Tidfil and we headed off to the NW facing slope at Fochriw.

We were the first to arrive but Mark was following up at the rear amd we pulled off the road and onto the grass.

It was a cloudy day with probably a good 15 - 18 mph blowing, but it was only 3*C so bitterly cold as we began to assemble models.

Mark began the days action flying his Race M but closely followed by Paul flying his M60, which was going great guns, even though the wind was a little off the face.

Paul had a couple of flights also with his Valenta Dragon but was struggling to get it down on the ground again due to the shallow deflection of the flaps. A couple of useful hints given and down it came to a lovely landing.

Phil and Josh also joined us with a variety of foamy models and had their usual fun with those.

Next Saturday is the final day of the Six Nations rugby championships, so I shall be in the pub all day watching that. On Sunday I really need to get on with covering my PSS Lightning in readiness for a day out at Easter flying on the Great Orme, Llandudno in N Wales with Phil, who is collecting his new PSS Vulcan bomber.

Anyway, here is a short video of Paul's Dragon.

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