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Steve Houghton 108/05/2019 14:07:14
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Martin - if the road were to be blocked, I'm sure we could find an alternative slope to fly at somewhere other than the Bwlch. Meio, Manmoel, Abertwssyg, Hirwaun etc are all good slopes within an easy drive.

Martin Gay08/05/2019 16:09:04
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I've flown the Meio and Hiwaun and Garth many times. Nice slopes, but didn't like the parking risk at the Garth!

Peter Garsden09/05/2019 08:20:49
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I will hopefully be arriving around midday tomorrow and going up to the slopes. Looks like a Westerly so presumably we can't get the gate open to avoid the 8 mile walk?

3 years ago Harry and I hunted round for hours for somewhere to eat without much success for the Friday so -

Just looked - the Italian Trattoria looks OK and close to our accommodation so maybe try that one?

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Steve Houghton 109/05/2019 09:33:43
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Hi Peter - unfortunately no key will be available on Friday as we won't be collecting it until the evening, but it's not looking like we will require it anyway looking at the forecast currently.

For food, Bridgend will offer more options and is approximately a 20 minute drive from the Bwlch, or Pontypridd where you are staying. However, the chippy A Fish Called Rhondda in Ton Pentra (CF41 7ED) is close and very good.

The weather forecast currently shows a sun bathing weekend with a decent north westerly, so a short walk only to the Ice Cream Slope. Sunday is a different kettle of fish with the morning showing NE but swinging to east at 6 mph. This would mean a 15 min hike over to the Crest, which offers amazing lift but equally amazing rotor. However, in such a light breeze the rotor shouldn't be an issue. But if the forecast remains unchanged then I may consider a move to flying the slope at Manmoel Common near Ebbw Vale instead. I shall take advice from the other locals regarding this. Check out my flying sites page on my blog for details.

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Peter Garsden10/05/2019 05:05:18
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Today is SSW Steve. I can't work out if Meio Common will work at that wind or not because your excellent blog says just SW. I have put the journey into Google Maps and if I go straight there it cuts about half an hour off the trip, as I don't have to wander through Merthyr Tydfil.

If, however I go to the Bwlch does SSW mean Back of Wrecker or Mickey's?

Steve Houghton 110/05/2019 11:08:32
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So currently it is looking like Saturday's flying will be on the Ice Cream slope, a short walk from the parking lay-by.

The forecast for Sunday is still showing mostly an easterly, and if it were just me and my mates then we would head over to the Crest with our models in large rucksacks or snowboard bags and as with such low wind speeds (8 mph) there would be lift and little rotor. However for you guys, the 15 min ish walk is quite arduous along a very narrow track, and I feel that may be too much for some but also there is the risk of balsa breakage on landing if there is any rotor. So our intention currently is for me to meet you at the Ice Cream Slope lay-by and then we can follow each other in convoy up to the top of the Rhigos mountain and along the Heads of the Valleys road to Tredegar where we will turn off for Manmoel Common, roughly a 50 minute drive. The road on the common is rough and pot holey so we will have to take it slow and parking will be on the grassy verge anywhere you can find a safe spot. The slope is then just 300m ish to the east. If there isn't enough wind to fly slope then the common has plenty of open space for flying powered thermal soarers or even Hi Start bungee launching.

Here is a video of the last time I flew there just a few weeks ago.

Martin Gay12/05/2019 11:50:55
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I enjoyed the gathering on Saturday, despite my Alpha Jet being involved in a mid-air collision.

Andy's Sea Hawk looked great in the air, as did the DH108 belonging to Jez.

I am also very happy to report that my 1:10 Sabre had a successful second flight after correcting the forward CG position. A few more tweaks of the control throws are needed and then I will really hope to put it through it's paces. With luck it will be fully finished with markings and panel lines etc for the next meeting at the end of June.

Many thanks to Steve and Phil for organising the event.

Andy Meade13/05/2019 09:54:09
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Thanks for the kind words Martin, she just seemed to fly so well straight off the board really, but thanks for the test launches Chris Barlow - gave me confidence that the tail was somewhere near when it came to incidence!

Thanks again to Phil and Steve for the organisation and putting up with lots of moaning fliers. See you all at Weston then the fabulous Lleyn!

Special thanks again to Phil for the photos - from losing flying time to be on the camera, to editing them at night so quickly yes

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Chris Barlow14/05/2019 14:10:54
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Good weekend even with the varying lift on Saturday morning. Impressive to watch several models flying in good lift then suddenly landing/landing out when that lift was switched off!

Came good later in the day and some lovely models maidenhead including Andy's SeaHawk and Martin's Sabre.

Many thanks to our Host Steve and Phil for organising👍

Phil Cooke14/05/2019 20:21:15
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Yes big thanks to Steve Houghton and the SWSA lads for hosting our PSSA event - Saturday proved to be a memorable afternoons flying on the Ice Cream slope after a slow start with light thermal type lift - odd at times, but by 3pm we were well away with 20-25mph NW winds and glorious light! Fantastic!!

Big thanks to all who travelled and made the most of the conditions when they could! I've edited some photos from Saturday which can be viewed here;

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Congrats to Andy for his superb little O/D Sea Hawk, and to Martin Gay (and Gordon Studley - not in attendance) who after many months of toil have now ably demonstrated their new NA F-86 Sabre model - our chosen subject for the 2020 Mass Build. More on that a little later in the year!

Alan Gorham_14/05/2019 20:30:03
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Patience was rewarded on Saturday with some great conditions and lift later in the day.

It was thrilling to see the flights of the DH108, F86 and my personal favourite the Hawker Sea Hawk. Well done all.

We certainly had ample time to reflect on Saturdays flying over dinner and one or two late drinks. Thanks to the SWSA for access to your slopes and some good company and to Mr Cooke for the organisation and pics.

Onwards to the Llyn event!

Andy Meade14/05/2019 20:34:47
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Wow, a great set of pics there chief!

Alan Gorham_14/05/2019 21:08:37
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Thanks also to Harry Twist for organising our menu choices and booking at the Bunch of Grapes in Pontypridd on Saturday. I promise I won't mention a certain slope soaring lawyer's near meltdown on learning there was no French dressing for his salad.....devil

Chris Barlow14/05/2019 22:08:11
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Harry and Alan prepare to launch their micro Alpha Jets into Sundays "thermals"!

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Andy Meade15/05/2019 09:51:29
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PSS - Mad Max style surprise

Bob Jennings 115/05/2019 16:18:06
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I've always said slope soaring, especially PSS, is hardcore!

Phil Cooke19/05/2019 06:54:44
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Full report and embedded photos link now added to the PSSA website - many thanks to our 'roving reporter' Andy Meade for the words capturing all the action on Saturday! Volunteers for our next event at the Lleyn in June gratefully accepted!!

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Andy Meade20/05/2019 09:29:50
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I don't mind covering the Lleyn too - I'll get Shona on note taking yes

Chris Barlow21/05/2019 00:43:39
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Good write up Andy. yes

No mention of Pete's bust up over the salad dressing though? surprise

Callsign Tarnish21/05/2019 06:04:07
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Salad dressing?

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