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 5 May 2017

Weekend Flying Forecast 6th/7th May

Hello again fellow fliers, the weekend is upon us and there could be some good flying to be had on Saturday by the looks of it.

There was a PSS event planned to take place at Long Mynd on Sunday, but the slopes there only work on a westerly, and it is looking like we are going to have a northerly. As a result, this event has been CANCELLED.

So here is your forecast.

Saturday - A cloudy but dry day with a north easterly of about 13 - 15 mph. So your slope choices will be The Wrecker, Fochriw, and you may get away with trying Manmoel and Meio. So you're spoiled for choice.

Sunday - Another dry but cloudy day, but that forecast 5 mph wind looks like its going to be northerly or NNW. So your choices of slope will the VR98 or Hirwaun.

I will probably spend most of Saturday afternoon flying, and I will probably go to Fochriw. But if the para glider guys are there in force, and the wind isn't too strong for them, then I may move to the Bwlch and fly the Wrecker.

I won't be flying on Sunday as I'm racing in the Great Run Simply Health Bristol 10K. Take a look at my new running/training blog once I get it up and running.

I hope I'll see some of you on the slope on Saturday, if not, have a great weekend all.

Happy flying


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