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 4 November 2016

Your Flying Forecast - Weekend 5th/6th November

Hi all

Another weekend is upon us, and they seem to be coming around very quickly these days. Maybe it's my age?

Saturday - It's looking like a bright, dry day with sunny intervals. The winds look to be northerly 15 mph rising to 20 mph. So your slope choices will be the VR98 at the Bwlch or the fabulous slope at Hirwaun Common.

Sunday - It's looking to be much the same as Saturday, however there could be a little touch of west in that northerly wind, although it probably won't make much difference and I would stick to the same slopes as on Saturday.

Martin, (aka Slippery Sloper) is visiting on Saturday from N Devon and I know he is excited about finally getting a chance to fly at the Bwlch. Hopefully he will leave with a good impression. I've flown with Martin a couple of times now when I've made the trip down to Cornwall to fly at St Agnes Head.

So wherever you are flying this weekend, happy flying to you.


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