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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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

PSSA Fly for Fun Weekend 20th - 21st May

I'm collecting the Mickeys gate key tomorrow evening, so I will probably be at the Bwlch on Friday at around 5:30 ish for anyone who wants to fly and doesn't want to walk up the hill, and I will be there for maybe a couple of hours.

On Saturday morning I will unlock the gate at 10 AM to let the procession of vehicles through, but then I have to lock the gate behind us, so I'm afraid that anyone arriving after this time, or needs to leave early, before the masses do, will need to walk.

On Sunday we do have to slope share with a F3F comp, however this could yet be cancelled, I will know more on Friday evening. This is not ideal I know.

The current forecast for Sunday is for a SSW wind, which makes it "off face" on the main Mickeys slope, however I need to check but I do seem to remember flying the same ridge at a spot before the cattle grid and dew pond, which I think would put us square onto the wind, and far enough away from the F3F boys so that there would be no interference.

If this is not the case, then I have made arrangements to use the Eglwsilan Model Flying Club field for car parking, (thanks to Andy Watts for this), and we can fly the SW slope of Meio Common, which is only about a 10 minute drive from Pontypridd. It's only a short walk from the field to the slope, and the slope generates good lift, little turbulence usually, and a good LZ. All the locals love this slope.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Happy flying


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