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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Friday, 29 January 2016

Weekend Flying 30th/31st January

Hi all

Well another weekend is almost upon us and of course I have been looking at the weather forecast.

Saturday is looking the better day as showers/rain is forecast for Sunday, and I have another engagement booked for Sunday anyway, so no flying for me then.

But depending on which forecast you look at, it looks like it could be an epic day wind wise with speeds exceeding 25 mph, west or west north west at Cardiff Airport, which probably means 35 mph plus at the Bwlch, which equates to mental lift on Mickey's. Woooohoooooo!

So I hope to see a few people up there. I should be up there 11 - 11:30 ish.

Happy flying.

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