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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Monday 30 January 2017

I finally got in some flying.

Hi guys

So on Saturday I managed to get in a couple of hours flying, and I had Mark's company for an hour of that.

There were a few showers coming through, particularly over Cardiff as I could see, but they missed Meio completely, fortunately.

The wind was gusting to 16 mph but was due to veer to a westerly, so I wanted to make the most of my time before that changed.

I'd taken the L39 Albatross PSS model with me as it was the first opportunity I'd had to fly this since removing some nose weight, as I'm still trying to find the sweet spot on the CofG. As it turned out, it flew a lot better than last time but I felt it was still a little nose heavy, so I shall be moving the battery rearward a little more before its next flight.

So I managed a couple of flights with the Albatross and also the Whisper before the wind increased to 21 mph but shifted westerly. By this time I was beginning to feel the cold so I decided to call it a day.

I did take some video so I will have a look at that this week and post it here.

The KST servo for the elevator on the L-213 has been delivered today, so I shall be fitting that this evening probably. And I'm still awaiting delivery of the rudder servo mount so that I can get that fitted along with the rudder and the Bowden cable for the pull pull closed loop system. Once that is done, I only have to paint the electrics tray under the canopy and that will be the fuselage completed.

I'm also awaiting delivery from the Hobby King Europe warehouse of the two Corona servo's intended for the Vagabond, so I must chase those up. In the meantime, I decided to remove the Gening servo's from another foam model that I'm scrapping and I will use those in the Vagabond instead, so now I can at least get on building the wing on that.

Happy flying

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