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, 26 April 2015

Cornwall Safari

Hi all

Well I'm back from my week away in Cornwall, and what a sunny week it was, mostly. However, the wind was coming from the north east and east, which are not the best directions for flying in Cornwall.

I got up to St. Agnes on a couple of days, but the wind strength wasn't great and I only had enough confidence to launch the Wildthing over the ocean, and I even found that a butt clenching experience. I am so much happier having land to crash my models onto, because at least then it is retrievable to enable repair. But over water? Nawwww.

I headed off to St. Ives on one, beautiful day, then when leaving and driving along a coastal road, I became surrounded by moor land and spotted an ideal location to fly the Libelle DLG, and what fun that was too.

Having moved down to The Lizard, James Clark, aka Slopeflyer, recommended a slope at Porthallow near St. Kevern, and I was supposed to meet up with James but other events occurred which stopped James from meeting up with me. But James gave me directions and as I walked along the coastal path from Porthallow beach, I kept my eyes peeled for a suitable flying location.

I came across a pasture, complete with cows, with a nice slope, short grass and no brambles or gorse and flew the Wildthing there.

The flying was, OK. The air was a little turbulent and I had to keep on my toes as the model would dip a wing unexpectedly.

Anyway, enjoy the video's guys.

Happy flying


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