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 21 April 2017

Weekend flying forecast 22nd/23rd April

So after a short week in the office due to the Easter break, we'd be expecting the temperature to be increasing. However, the forecast is for colder weather next week. Brrrrrr.

I had to take Tuesday as a days leave also as my boiler needed a service in the morning. The engineer had left by midday so I headed down to my local field for an hours thermal soaring.

The thermals were few and far between, with hardly anything at low level, but I did manage a couple of rises with the Climaxx Compact E.

But back to this weekend and conditions are not looking good if you are intending to head to a slope in S Wales.

The wind is forecast to be predominantly from the south west for both days, but at only 5 - 8 mph it may not be worth the effort, just to cruise back and forth slowly along the slope.

So if you do fancy trying the slopes, your best bet would probably be Mickeys at the Bwlch. You could also give Meio a try also.

Whatever you end up doing, have a great weekend all.

Happy flying

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