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, 3 March 2017

Flying forecast 4th/5th February

I'm just going to get straight into the forecast this week, no messing about.

Saturday - This is looking to be the best day of the weekend. A cloudy day with some light showers possible in SE Wales. Wind about 10 mph and southerly but veering very slowly during the afternoon to south westerly.

For a southerly, Back of Wrecker is probably your best slope although you could give Southerndown a try whilst the wind is coming from the south, then if you are at Back of Wrecker, take the long walk over to Mickeys when the wind turns south westerly.

Sunday - is looking like being a rainy day with a mostly westerly wind of up to 17 mph. If you do fancy trying your luck, Mickey's is the place to go, but the cloud base will probably be very low up there, or you could try Eglwysilan Common or Rhossili.

As for me, I have some chores to do on Saturday before I can do some more work fitting servo's into the other wing on the L213. Then I have an early start on Sunday as I'm running in the Newport Half Marathon.

And that's your forecast. Have a good weekend all.


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