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, 28 July 2016

Flying Forecast 30th/31st July

Hi guys

I always think Thursday can be a little early to be accurately predicting the weekends weather but, I shall update this post tomorrow should the need arise.

Saturday is looking like being a bright day with a light westerly breeze of about 9 mph. Your options are Mickey's West at the Bwlch, Eglwysilan Common near Pontypridd, Meio Common or Rhossili at the Gower. I shall probably head up to Meio for around noon for some slermaling action.

Sunday is forecast as another bright day with a westerly increasing up to 14 mph. If this is the case, then I shall be heading over to Rhossili to meet up with my good friend Paul Hampshire of Slope Soaring Sussex who is holidaying in the area.

Rhossili is the only one of the three premier coastal sites I haven't flown, so I will be interested to see how it compares with the Orme and St Agnes Head, which is still currently my favourite coastal slope.

So hopefully I will see some of you out and about this weekend. Let me know if you fancy coming along to Rhossili on Sunday, either by email, SMS (if you're lucky enough to have my mobile number), or via the Facebook Slope Soaring in Wales group page or, Facebook messenger.

Until next time.

Happy flying