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.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Great flying on the Wrecker

Saturday turned out to be a bright, sunny day as Mark, Phil and myself met up at the Wrecker.

The wind was probably only blowing about 15 mph but the Wrecker showed it's pedigree as one of the countries top slopes by giving us awesome lift.

Also on the slope was Graham Mahoney from the south of Bristol flying his brand new Space Lift F3F, and in fact he was flying this bird for the first time that day. A pretty slick piece of kit it is too.

Phil had his usual array of models plus his new correx built Impala. I'm amazed at how well it flies for a lump of plastic.

Anyway, video speaks louder than words, so here are a couple for your viewing pleasure.

Happy flying

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