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.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Sunday at the Bwlch

Hi all.

Mark, Phil, Josh, Wayne and myself met up on Back of Wrecker yesterday for some flying. The weather was sunny and warm but the wind was south easterly, so it was a little off the face but as it happened, not by much. However, for the first few hours it was very hit and miss with the lift coming and going until around 2 PM.

Once it did improve we had a good hours flying before the wind became a bit turbulent and hit and miss again.

Mark was flying his new RCRCM Schwing, and what a quick machine that is. Josh, Phil and Wayne were flying there foamies and Phil and I flew the correx Mig 3 and Impala.

It was the first time I'd flown the Impala at the Bwlch and it absolutely loved the big lift.

Anyway, here are a few pictures to put you on until I get a chance to sort out the video.


                                                    Me about to launch the Impala

Phil launching his Mig 3

Phil & Josh waiting for the lift to pick up

                                Phil & his Mig 3                                         Me and my Impala

                                Marks Schwing


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