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, 10 March 2017

Flying forecast for this weekend 11th/12th March

Hi guys. Don't the weeks just fly by eh. It's that time of the week again when I look at the flying prospects for the coming weekend. So here we go.

Saturday - A dry and mild day, so you can leave your thermals at home. Winds are forecast to be very light at 4 - 7 mph and south westerly. So your choices of slope will be Rhossili, Mickey's at the Bwlch, or Meio Common.

But with such a light wind, is it worth the effort? Why not break out that electric powered glider and do some thermal soaring.

Sunday - It looks like being rainy until about mid afternoon with a variable wind but coming mostly from the north west at 10 - 12 mph. If the rain does hold off, you could fly at Rhossily, the Ice Cream Slope at the Bwlch, Abertysswg, or Meio Common.

Yesterday, Sunday's forecast was showing the day to be dry, so I was going to head up to the Bwlch, but I doubt I'll bother now, but I will ensure I have a couple of models charged up on standby, just in case the forecast is wrong.

A reminder that there is rugby on in Cardiff this evening, Wales v Ireland, so the roads are likely to be choked. I shall be in Cardiff watching the game on a big screen. Come on Wales!

Have a good weekend ya'll.

Happy flying.

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