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.

Monday, 20 March 2017

L213 A built and ready for maiden flight

My Valenta L213 A, 2.77m 1/5 scale is finally complete and awaiting some decent weather to chuck it off a big hill.

Unfortunately I couldn't fly on Saturday as I had other things I needed to do, and yesterday's weather wasn't good with low cloud and drizzle, but also Cardiff Airport was showing gusts of 35 mph, so on the top of the hill it would have been well in excess of 40 mph, and I'm looking for something between 17 - 25 mph ideally for its first flight.

Here are some pictures.

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