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, 7 February 2016

Thermal Instinct F5J Wing Rebuild

Friday evening saw me removing all the old, damaged ribs and cleaning the carbon LE and spar ready to glue in the new ribs.

This turned out to be a very easy and very quick job to do, so much so that I had completed the tip section and still felt I had enough time to complete the middle section too in that evening.

Saturday morning and there was only a little damage to the starboard wing, which was completed in a couple of hours. I did have to cut out some damage to the wash out fin tip and fabricate a new piece. It just needs a little more sanding to shape.

So here are both of the repaired middle and tip sections completed and ready for covering.

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