Welcome to the Snowdonia Sky Sports
SSS 2014 AGM
AGM: Thursday 24 April 2014 at 19:30,
Douglas Arms in Bethesda, Gwynedd.
Sites Information 06/09/13
Due to a recent incident at Moel Eilio and in the interests of keeping good relations with local landowners you are asked not to LAND or PARK anywhere in a the area bounded by:
The Snowdon Railway footpath to the north, the Clogwyn Du'r Arddu ridge to the NE, the ridge line that follows Moel Cynghorion, across to Foel Goch and Moel Eilio to the East down to the end of the Northern spur of Moel Eilio and back across in a straight line to the start of the Snowdon railway footpath where it leaves the metaled road. Click HERE for a map.
If you are going to be going cross country from Moel Eilio please go SE towards the Nantlle Ridge or ensure that you have enough height to clear the area mentioned.
If there are any cattle in view in the area stated then please refrain from flying over them at all.
If you have any queries please contact the sites officer.
Sites Information 11/05/2012
Please note that the National Trust has asked that Harlech Cliff (Llanfair) (NW & W) is not flown as of 11/05/2012.
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About The Club
We are a group of hang glider and more predominantly more paraglider pilots now who fly in North West Wales.
Formed as a club in 1990 by pioneering pilots such as John Silvester we have always been passionate about flying being free and open for all.
The area under Snowdonia Sky Sports stewardship ranges from Barmouth along the A496 to Dolgellau, via Bala on the A494 onto Druid where it meets the A5, from here it tracks WNW following the A5 to Betws y Coed, then North up the A470 to Conwy and includes all areas west including Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsula.
Where we have and take responsibility for everything related to our sport within this boundary, especially where it is relating to the Snowdonia National Park and The National Trust as these are extremely sensitive areas, including managing existing sites, negotiation of new sites, with land owners and farmers etc.
Within this we have a few shared sites, with the Mid Wales Club and the North Wales Club.
All our sites are open site and reiterate no members only sites as we believe in the original ethos of the club should continue to offer the spectacular sites and flying we have in the region.
However, over the years some visiting pilots have interpreted this as meaning open season to do anything they like and fly anywhere they like but this has never been the case. Many great sites have been found but some have also been lost by irresponsible pilots.
Flying Snowdonia Sky Sports Sites
Policy for visiting pilots:
- We welcome ALL visiting pilots but simply ask that they read our Sites
Guide and act in a responsible manner towards our sites, treating them as if they were their own.
- Much of the area we fly in is a National Park, however it is also in an area of IAA as RAF Valley fly regular sorties throughout it. The MATZ is in force 24/7. This means that any issues that arise through irresponsible flying could potentially have catastrophic consequences for the majority of if not all sites in the area.
- If you find what you believe is a flying site not in the Sites
Guide, great, all we ask is that you give us a bell, before you fly, in case there are access or airspace problems that we are aware of, as there may be a reason for it not being in the guide and we’ll let you know, Most sites will more than likely been flown at some time or another and there will probably be a good reason why it is not used now. Some sites are more sensitive than others but we try to keep them open to all. This will only continue to work if you treat our landowners, locals and your fellow pilots with respect.
If you want any advice don’t hesitate to contact us, contact numbers are on the web site.
The current sites officer is Gareth who can be contacted on 07879 477501.
We have started using Telegram to facilitate communication and retrievals. If you are a member and you wish to join the SSS group, please download the telegram app to your smartphone and send your phone number to one of the contacts on this website.
What do you get in the in the Members Area?
- Full sites guide.
- Access to the complete series of the excellent Biffa's Guides to XC flying in Snowdonia!