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.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Weekend 1st & 2nd August's flying & other stuff

Hi all

Well another weekend is upon us and for once it looks like we may get some flying in on both days.

With light winds forecast for both days, a south westerly on Saturday, I may just head up to the Meio around about lunch time for a couple of hours and give the Impala another chuck to see if I've got the C of G right before next weekends PSSA meet in N Wales.

Sunday is looking like a light south easterly, so I think Back of Wrecker at the Bwlch is going to be the place to be, hopefully with that breeze blowing up the valley we should get something close to 20 mph on the ridge, enough to keep most models happy.

I shall be getting the PSS EE Lightning, the MB-326 Impala and maybe a couple of light wind sports models ready next week for Friday's drive up to Abersoch on the LLeyn Peninsula for the PSSA Fly for Fun weekend, 8th & 9th August. With any luck we'll get a bit more wind than the last meet in Llandudno in June where we only had between 9 - 12 mph.

Paul Hampshire and a few of the guys from Slope Soaring Sussex are visiting the Bwlch next Friday to Sunday. I think Phil is going to meet up with them on the Sunday but I'm sure they'd be happy with some local company should anyone be available to fly on Friday afternoon or Saturday also.

So that's about all for this week, have a good weekend and I hope to see some of you on the slopes.

Happy flying

1 comment:

  1. Josh & I will be flying Sunday for sure, I hope that my replacement servo for my Impala arrives tomorrow as it would be nice to get to fly it with Steve's....fingers crossed.