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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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Flying Forecast 20th & 21st August

Hi guys

I know it's only Wednesday, but the lads are already planning their weekends flying.

Saturday is looking like it could be a south westerly of around 28 mph and showery. If you were to fly at Mickeys at the Bwlch, your wind speed is likely to be in the high 30's or even 40 mph.

** UPDATE ** Saturday is now looking like it's going to be either, constant rain or, heavy thundery showers. So I shall be staying home and preparing for going on my holiday.

Sunday is looking dryer with a 23 mph forecast at Cardiff Airport, so we'd be expecting 30 mph plus on Mickeys.

On Sunday, some of us are planning to fly PSS models as we were unable to make the trip to   N Wales last weekend for the official PSSA meet, and with a good wind forecast, it could be a cracking days flying.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join us, don't be shy.

I won't be there until midday but I expect Phil will be there from around 10 am as he'll be itching to maiden a couple of new models.

If there is any major change to the forecast, or the PSS plans for Sunday, I will post it here.

I hope to see you there.

Until next time, happy flying


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