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, 14 December 2020

D-Power Streamline 350 - Part 2

 A week ago I headed up to the top of Meio with the Streamline 350 and a Bird of Time. The weather was cloudy and grey with a light breeze which I estimated to be 10 - 15 mph, ideal conditions to try flying the Streamline from the slope for the 1st time. And that was why I bought it, to fly from the slope when the wind was marginal and up to about 15 mph when a conventional slope model would be more comfortable flying. 

Fortunately all went well on the 1st flight with flying buddy Clive doing the honours giving it a chuck off the slope. The streamline flew away nicely and didn't need any assistance from the motor at all. I had a 2nd flight where I launched it myself also and once again all was well. I will make another video after I've flown it more to give a more comprehensive review of this model.

I also took along a Dynaflite Bird of Time ARF which I'd bought a couple of years ago 2nd hand and had been mostly completed but never flown. Clive said that it wasn't too windy to fly it and so that's what I did. Clive told me to allow a good distance for my landing approach as this model has a tendancy to float on, but that wasn't the case in this instance and it landed way further back than I expected. 

This video is quite long at about 22 minutes so grab yourself a cuppa tea and a biscuit and enjoy. Please leave any comments on the video and subscribe to my channel.

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