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.

Friday 12 February 2016

Weekend flying 13/14th February

Greetings fellow slopies. Well this weekends weather forecast isn't looking the best, and as Saturday is looking likely to be very wet, (but I don't care because I'm going to the Wales v Scotland rugby game).

But Sunday looks like being mostly dry, but there could be a few snow flurries coming in from the NE on the 15 - 20 mph forecast wind. This means flying one of our favourite slopes, Fochriw.

The good thing about Fochriw is that it is a "park & fly" slope, so we park the cars about 40 meters from the ridge. So when we have cold or showery conditions, we can take easy refuge in the car to keep warm and dry. The flying is usually awesome as well!

At this time of year, I tend only to fly the foamies, because assembling glass models can be a bit of a pain with cold fingers, and I really can't be bothered going to that trouble when the -5°C wind is biting and I'm only staying for an hour or so.

So if you have nothing better to do on Valentines day, (yes, it is Valentines day on Sunday, so I hope you chaps have remembered the flowers, chocs and a card), then I hope to see you on Fochriw.

Until then

Happy flying


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