Balloon Repair Station

Welcome 29.12.2017

A very belated Happy Christmas and a nearly belated very best wishes for a very happy and peaceful 2018. A huge thankyou to all your custom during the past year. It has been a tricky one for us as our lease was again up for renewal with HS2 but I’m pleased and relieved that we have an agreement for another two years albeit with a six month break clause, just in case they decide they want to knock the farm down!

Apologies though as, for some strange reason, I have managed to neglect the news, views and interviews bit of the website. [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 29.12.2017

A very belated Happy Christmas and a nearly belated very best wishes for a very happy and peaceful 2018. A huge thankyou to all your custom during the past year. It has been a tricky one for us as our lease was again up for renewal with HS2 but I’m pleased and relieved that we have an agreement for another two years albeit with a six month break clause, just in case they decide they want to knock the farm down!

Apologies though as, for some strange reason, I have managed to neglect the news, views and interviews bit of the website. [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 29.12.17

~ News on the News
~ HS2. Another two years?
~ Fire & First Aid Course in Bristol 06 Feb 2018
~ A very proper send off for Ray Hunt
~ Ray Hunt 10.5.1950 to 12.10.2017
~ More sad news on the Doorstep – Norman Apsey
~ What’s your Vector, Victor? – Conversion to 8.33 kHz Channel Spacing
~ The Great British Long Jump Results published
~ GASCO Safety Evenings 2018
~ Kidde Hand-Held Fire Extinguisher recall
~ Bless him – Birdman tethers inside Liverpool Cathedral
~ The Great Lindstrand T30 debacle – SB25-3 and SB-26 issued
~ Cameron TCDSs updated
~ Safety Information Bulletin 2017/13 Issued – Suspected Unapproved Parts
~ Ultramagic Service Bulletins SB 01/07 and SB 02/17
~ And…more news on the TCDS front
~ And………more updates from Camerons
~ Met Office Ballooning Forecasts feedback requested
~ The Capital Balloon Club Lindstrand G-BUWI sold off
~ CAP 747 gets an update to Issue3 Amendment 2017/01
~ CAP 1590 Cost Sharing Flights explained – Guidance and Information
~ Pilatus PC-24 about to enter service
~ EASA Ballooning Air Operations Regulations finalised
~ Self declared medicals – Clarification Clarence
~ New Skyway Code – CAA online guide launched
~ Inspection Schedules go west
~ Passport renewal made easy
~ Best year for mushrooms for a long time
~ Happiness is a sunny day and a fine wobble
~ Talking of wobbling

Old & Rusty»

“I’m on a train dear” – Two go there and back

I’m sitting having a cuppa and reading the small print on one of the free Chiltern Rail Weekend tickets we were given as a reward for being on the first Oxford to Marylebone train as reported in ‘Two go by train – Celebrating the new Oxford to London Line’ when the words ‘Expires on’ caught […]

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»

The Great Ridgeway Amble Part1 – Avebury or Bust

The Ridgeway is arguably the oldest road in Britain, well, being  local, we reckon the Icknield Way is more likely! I have lived with both all me life as they run through Wendover. They are one of the same (nearly). Step out the Swan’s front door and you are walking on them. Ancient history underfoot. […]

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 […]