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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Monday, 14 September 2015

PSSA Fly for Fun Event

Hi all

Well, we are on the final countdown to the Fly for Fun event at the Bwlch this weekend, and I hope to see a good few people there on both Saturday and Sunday.

Please remember that the Rugby World Cup begins this weekend with games at the Millennium Stadium, or should I now call it the Principality Stadium, on both days. This means that the roads, particularly the M4 in Wales, will be chokka.

My advice to anyone travelling along the M4 into Wales from J20 (M4/M5 Almondsbury Interchange at Bristol), is to take the M48 old Severn Bridge, heading towards Chepstow, as this should be less busy than the M4 Second Severn Crossing. Remember that this is a toll bridge and it will cost you £6.50 per car or £13.00 per van and you can pay by cash or card. This also applies to the Second Severn Crossing also.

For those travelling south down the M5, I would come off just after Strensham Services, onto the M50 and A40, then onto the A465 Heads of the Valleys road towards Abergavenny, then onto Hirwaun where you take the A4061, which takes you past the old Tower Colliery and onto the Rhigos Mountain Road, through Treherbert and into Treorchy.

We will be meeting at 10am on both mornings at the Ice Cream Slope lay-by where there will be a short briefing. For any late comers, I will try to post a notice somewhere prominent there so you know which slope to go to, and we will also try to post on the modelflying.co.uk forum, 3G signal permitting.

And all we need now are the weather Gods to be in our favour.

See you there.

Happy flying

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