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.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

The Mighty Crest

Hi all

So the forecast today was for sunshine, warm temperatures, and an 11 mph easterly.

EASTERLY! That means flying the Crest! Woohooooo!

I do love flying this huge, crescent shaped cliff, however, the rotor can be just as huge as the lift, and today was no exception.

The wind speed on the lip was showing 23 mph but the lift was like double that and when I launched the FVK Signal, I had to add about 6 clicks of down elevator trim, just to stop the plane from continuing upwards forever.

When it came to landing, I had to walk back at least 100m before the wind stopped blowing on the back of my head and onto my face instead.

Anyway, take a look at the video and you'll see what I mean about the rotor when you see the grass blowing towards the slope, instead of away from it.


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