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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Thursday, 28 April 2016

May Day Holiday Weekend

Another holiday weekend is almost upon us but the weather prospects don't look to great, unless you're prepared to put up with showers.

Saturday is looking the best day with the forecast at Cardiff Airport being WNW up to 14 mph with a bright day, so I guess this would be a case of sucking it and seeing on the day as to whether it is better to fly the Ice Cream slope or the furthest, westerly Mickey's slope. I would prefer it to be on the Ice Cream slope as I want to fly the Typhoon and get in some bombing practice ready for the next PSSA  meet, but it's a very long way to carry that lump to Mickey's West. Otherwise I'll just take the two glass models and a foamy.

Sunday is looking like being a wet day with SW 15 mph winds, and the holiday Monday sunshine & showers, 18 mph westerly.

But we all know that the forecast can change over a 24 hour period, so keep an eye on that forecast and we'll make up the plans as we go.

Whatever happens, I will definitely be flying on Saturday and playing the rest by ear, so I hope to see some of you guys on the slopes.

Happy flying


  1. I think I've plumped for Saturday only, I'll bring the Flanker for a maiden.

  2. Saturday will probably be my only flying day too. Don't launch that Flanker till I get there with the video camera eh.