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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Friday 24 February 2017

Weekend flying forecast 25th/26th February

It's the last weekend in February, storm Doris has passed leaving a wake of destruction behind it, the days are getting longer, (there's actually light in the sky when I leave home for work in the mornings), and the temperatures should begin to rise now.

My diary is filling up with camping trips away, PSS meets, other flying events, and running races too, (the Newport half marathon a week on Sunday), and I need to think about making the trip to the south east to fly with Paul Hampshire and his boys.

As for this weekend? The wind looks great, unfortunately the rest is looking pants.

Saturday - South West winds of 15 - 19 mph but with rain forecast for the afternoon.

Sunday - South West winds of 16 - 21 mph but cloudy with rain coming in towards the end of the day. However, I suspect that the cloud will be low so some slope may not be flyable.

So if you do find yourself on a slope, I'd head for Mickey's at the Bwlch or Meio Common. Because of the cloud, Meio may be your better bet as it is much lower above sea level than Mickey's.

I won't be flying this weekend as I have too many other things on the go, but I hope you have fun if you do manage to hit the slopes.


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