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.

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

The correx Impala flies!

Well, I finally have some video of the the Impala in flight.

The wind was light at an estimated 12 - 16mph, so only just enough air as my correx guru Phil stated to me.

I had removed 30 grams of nose weight after the maiden flight as it was pulling out quickly from a dive test. This time it still pulled out, but only gently. I will remove another 10 grams which will hopefully make the C of G spot on then.

So here it is, the Impala flying on Meio Common.

Happy flying



  1. Looking very good there Steve, very stable.

  2. I need to try it on somewhere like Mickey's, where there's bags of lift.
    I've noticed that if it lands away from the slope lift, it'll tip stall badly and land with a thump, but bringing it in with slope lift, it doesn't want to come down and needs a fair bit of down elevator. So I'm going to program in spoilerons to help kill the lift for landing.