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.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Weekend Flying - May 28th/29th

Well guys, I'm not going to be around to fly our lovely, big Welsh slopes this weekend as I'm off to W Sussex to join Paul Hampshire and the boys of Slope Soaring Sussex flying on the South Downs.

Conditions look light for you guys with a predominately NE breeze of about 8 mph. Of course there will be a bit more on the slopes, and if you decide to fly at Fochriw, there will also be a lot of para gliders I expect.

Your alternative choices will be the Wrecker at the Bwlch or Hirwaun Common, but Hirwaun is a good 25 minute walk from the car park.

For me the weather looks like sunshine and showers on Saturday with an 8 mph NE breeze, turning drier with a northerly 14 mph breeze on Sunday.

Whatever you decide to do, have a good holiday weekend.

Happy flying

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