Balloon Repair Station

Welcome 26.06.2017

Greetings to you all. In case you forget we are really a continuing airworthiness organisation looking after hot air balloons and balloon ride operators but get involved in all sorts of other stuff. Now that’s out the way its quite extraordinary in that we seem to have missed out putting anything up, apart from a couple of updates of an airworthiness nature one of which, Cameron Service Bulletin SB25, affects owners of Lindstrand Titanium Cylinders and has already caused a bit of a furore, more in the latest News 26.06.2017. The last time we scribbled was during Amazing April which, as it happened, was. Sadly we leap-frogged Magical May and now are just catching the end of Jolly June which has been full of stuff including John going away for nigh-on four weeks but he is back now and we are pretty busy to be honest. [more …]

Balloon Meets»

Keith and Jeff’s Big Adventure – the Channel Crossing

Probably one of the greatest adventures you can have in ballooning is to leave this fair isle using the wind currents and arrive on foreign soil. The Channel isn’t that wide and thus France not that far but crossing it requires a lot of careful planning and preparation. To run an event that looks to […]

Ballooning»

The Ups and Downs of Thermals

Weather is a strange science, there is no denying that. There are so many variables that it is a wonder that forecasting is as accurate as it is, well, at ground level anyway. You can, in the main, see weather but what you can’t see are thermals. Well, you can sometimes see their effects but […]

Cloudhoppers»

Hopping with dinosaurs

Spurred on by a desire to discover when I first flew a Cloudhopper I have found a couple of my missing logbooks whilst sorting out old OS maps and, co-incidently, following a visit to the re-opening of the Oxford University Natural History Museum talk swung to a rather magical and, on the face of it, […]

Easy Balloons»

Welcome 26.06.2017

Greetings to you all. In case you forget we are really a continuing airworthiness organisation looking after hot air balloons and balloon ride operators but get involved in all sorts of other stuff. Now that’s out the way its quite extraordinary in that we seem to have missed out putting anything up, apart from a couple of updates of an airworthiness nature one of which, Cameron Service Bulletin SB25, affects owners of Lindstrand Titanium Cylinders and has already caused a bit of a furore, more in the latest News 26.06.2017. The last time we scribbled was during Amazing April which, as it happened, was. Sadly we leap-frogged Magical May and now are just catching the end of Jolly June which has been full of stuff including John going away for nigh-on four weeks but he is back now and we are pretty busy to be honest. [more …]

General»

News Update 25.09.17 – Ultramagic Service Bulletins

Ultramagic Service Bulletins SB 01/07 and SB 02/17 The latest batch of Flight Manual Supplement updates from Ultramagic also includes two Service Bulletins. SB01/17 and SB02/17, both were issued on 19 September 2017. SB01/07 concerns Vincke liquid fuel hoses in both three eighth (marked 1106 on the hose) and half inch (marked 1108 on the […]

News»

News Update 10.07.17 – Metz

Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons [LMAB] – UK Pilots with Sub-ICAO Medicals If you are off to Metz and don’t hold a Class 2 medical then please read this and act immediately. It isn’t bad news but needs swift action. The French DGAC held a meeting last week to consider the matter of UK balloon pilots […]

Old & Rusty»

Is it an age thing? – Steve Roake chomps the bit over classic Jap bikes

I don’t know about you, but for me the more I look at Modern Plastic Urban Motorcycles, the more they look generically all the same. I’m sure regulations have had their say in why everything now looks and goes in a similar vein, but for me all the current crop of modern bikes are soulless […]

Projects»

Re-kindling the Flames – a ripping yarn

Now before you go thinking that this should have come out before the article on the Joe Philp Fun Day, it should, but couldn’t as the whole thing was top secret. Visitors to the workshop were sworn to secrecy if they twigged what was being mended. Now the event is over we can finally release […]

Random»

“Tranquillity” by Steve Roake

‘Tranquillity’, the word conjures up various differing ideas for people based upon their ideal definition of what is peaceful utopia. It tends to be a unique position where you find yourself in a place unexpectedly where the surroundings leave you in broad agreement with life in general. It manifests itself as differing things to different […]

Technical»

News Update 14.03.16

Lindstrand Jetstream Burner: Service Bulletin SB23, Revision 2. Following on from the issue of Cameron Service Bulletin SB23, and the results of the report on wear to the affected parts, EASA have deemed it a textbook “potential for an unsafe condition” and an EASA Airworthiness Directive may possibly follow. Cameron SB23 Revision 2 is split […]