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.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Bwlchfest 2017 Update

So I've been a busy boy and done a lot of Googling to find email contact addresses for the various Slope Soaring Association club secretaries around the UK.

Quite a few of the email addresses bounced back to me, but I did get a good response from a few clubs also, who promised to add Bwlchfest to their calendar.

I've also contacted David Ashby, who is the editor of UK model aircraft magazine RCM&E. David is going to add Bwlchfest to the magazines Going Places diary page and has also added it to his own calendar with the intention of joining us on the slope, which is great news.

The event has also been added to the BMFA and BARCS calndars also.

My next job, which I will probably do tomorrow, is to contact a few model suppliers to see if they would like to attend the event, maybe bring along a model or two to fly, or maybe the new Horus TX, something like that. So it could be good for them as well as for us.

Robin Lutzenberger has also been busy designing T shirts and caps which will be available for pre order with payment by PayPal, with a small number available to purchase on the day. Here i.s an example of what might be available

I have also produced a new promotional video for the event which I have put out on all the Facebook groups I use, and there has been quite a bit  of interest, so I'm thinking that there could be quite a good turn out, which would be great news.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Weekend flying forecast 14th/15th January

Hi guys, it's that time of the week again where I look at your flying possibilities for the weekend.

Saturday - A mostly fine, dry and bright day but with a possibility of the odd wintry shower. Temperatures of 6°C but will be closer to freezing on the tops of the slopes and with the wind chill. The wind is north westerly about 10-12 mph.

So your slope options are the Ice Cream Slope at the Bwlch, Abertysswg or Meio Common.

Sunday - A cloudier day than Saturday but mostly dry with temperatures around 9°C and a north westerly wind again of 12 - 14 mph.

I may go up to the Bwlch on Sunday for an hour or two, or stay home and carry on building my new model projects.

The Bwlch in winter

Have a great weekend guys, whatever you're doing.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

This months featured post - Flippin Cold in Abertysswg

Hey guys, check out this months featured post on the left side bar.

PSSA Events 2017

The following dates are now agreed and confirmed for the 2017 PSSA Flying Season for those of you who enjoy a bit of PSS flying

8th/9th April 2017
PSSA ‘Fly for Fun’ event – The Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales

20th/21st May 2017
PSSA ‘Fly for Fun’ event – The Bwlch, Bridgend, South Wales

10th/11th June 2017
‘Bwlchfest 2017’ – The Bwlch, Bridgend, South Wales

24th/25th June 2017
PSSA ‘Fly for Fun’ event with the Lleyn MAC – Nr Abersoch, North Wales

19th/20th August 2017
PSSA ‘Fly for Fun’ event – The Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales

7th/8th October 2017
PSSA ‘Fly for Fun’ event – The Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales

For more information on any of these events, visit the PSSA Website Events Page 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Weekend flying forecast 7th/8th January

Well here we are at the beginning of a new year and the forecast for the weekend isn't looking great.

Saturday - Wind south west to west later, about 5 mph, so Meio Common or Mickey's at the Bwlch, or even Rhossili would be your slopes of choice.

Sunday - Wind south easterly at 5 mph, so Back of Wrecker at the Bwlch or Blaen Bran at Cwmbran would be your choices.

Personally, with wind speeds as low as that I think I'll stay warm at home and get on with some building.

My Vagabond is coming along nicely and I've gone as far as I can at the moment with the fuselage, so I shall make a start on the wing next.

I've had a good look at the Inteco L-213A and received the servo wiring loom for it. As it requires 8 servo's in all, I'm going to have to wait until pay day, at the end of next week, before I can order these, and a few other bits, but work on this should begin soon.

Catch you all again soon
Happy flying

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Now the festivities are over .........

Hi all, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year.

Well my Valenta Models Inteco L-213A finally arrived on the Thursday before Christmas, ans it looks like it was certainly worth the wait.

I can't wait to get on with this although I have never built a mouldy before. I need to order 8 servo's too as the wing has spoilers as well as flaps, although these probably only deflect downwards by about 45 degrees.

The other model I got was the Phoenix Models Vagabond, a 990mm span, 2 channel, balsa built aerobatic glider for those light wind days. I shall be making a start on this tomorrow.

I now need to get on and spread the word about Bwlchfest 2017 which is being held over the 10th/11th June, as I want as big a turnout as I can get. I'm also going to see if I can get any model/parts suppliers interested in coming along.

On the Wednesday between Christmas and New Year, Phil and I met up with Paul Hampshire at the Bwlch, for some very light wind flying on Back of Wrecker. (Story and video to follow). Paul was telling me that about eight of the members from Slope Soaring Sussex are hoping to attend, which is great news.

So don't forget to keep returning back here for further information on this and also the PSSA Bwlch meet over the 20th/21st May.


Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Greetings

Hello fellow slopies.

It's Christmas Eve, eve (Friday) and my last morning in work. I just have to get through the morning and then finish off doing a few chores this afternoon before heading over to Michelle's in Cardiff, where I shall be spending the whole of the Christmas holiday.

The weather forecast for the weekend, should you fancy flying, isn't great, so I should sit back at home with your favourite tipple and enjoy the festivities.

Paul from Slope Soaring Sussex will be visiting family next week here in S Wales and so Big Phil and myself will be meeting up with him at the Bwlch, probably on Wednesday 28th.

Tuesday also looks like it could be a reasonable day for flying also, so there are some opportunities to fly.

I've also booked a few extra days off immediately from New Year, so I have the possibility to fly on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so some company would be nice if anyone is available.

The Valenta models Inteco L-213A that I ordered in August was finally delivered to my work yesterday, so I shall be taking it home today and having a quick peak, and I shall look forward to putting it together after the festivities are over.

And talking of the L-213A, my friends James Clark in Cornwall, Martin in N Devon and Paul Watkins in Staffordshire, all have L-213A's so we're going to try and all get together sometime at the Bwlch for a L-213A fly in. It should be fun!

So it just remains for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.

Happy flying