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.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Bwlchfest 2017 Update

Well I never thought I'd be writing an update so soon, but my hand was sort of forced by my German friend Robin who wanted to book his accommodation, and also his friend from Slovenia. So I've had to confirm the date, which is the 10th & 11th June.

 I've been notified by others from across the UK of their intentions to attend this event, and there has also been interest by others from Scandinavia and even the USA.

 Now I know that people always have the best intentions of attending events, but life sometimes gets in the way and you can usually reckon on losing 25 - 30% of those that have intended on coming. So I'd appreciate it if you would spread the word around your own model flying groups and direct them to this blog or to the Facebook group page, Slope Soaring in Wales, where there is already a very lengthy thread going on.

 Now I've tried to post this event on the BARCS calender, but for some reason it didn't like it, but I'll keep trying. I'll also be posting wherever I can to sread the word. So watch this space as I'll be updating along the way.

 Until next time.
 Happy flying

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