Balloon Repair Station

Welcome 02.03.19

Well, what a February. Cracking month but too short. It always seems that it is a week short but of course it isn’t, just isn’t long enough. Now we’re into Hopping Hare Muddy March. The weather has been kind and we have managed to get a fair amount
done including some early morning flying. We did have a crack at midday take off but it was just a tad gusty with the upper wind stationary. Never mind, made up for it by having a great flight across the village the following morning and waving to all those poor people on their way to work stuck in traffic. Great sport that. We even managed to land on our friendly Bierton farmer making it three times in the past month or two. Excellent. The HS2 archaeological mob swept across the back fields digging trenches and finding nothing… [more …]

Balloon Meets»

2019 Icicle Warms up nicely

What a way to start the year. An Icicle that flies all the slots. The benchmark for 2019 is now set high. We had actually got a couple of flights in with the trusty ’56 on the Thursday and Friday before the Icicle stole the weather for the weekend. Despite rumours to the contrary I […]

Ballooning»

John’s Balloon – Building the Dream

It all started a long time ago. Needles has been after building his own balloon for ever. Thing was, “Love to do it, but what is the point?” he oft asked. Fair comment, he doesn’t have a licence and, over the years, if you add up all the panels, patches and rebuilds he has done […]

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 02.03.19

Well, what a February. Cracking month but too short. It always seems that it is a week short but of course it isn’t, just isn’t long enough. Now we’re into Hopping Hare Muddy March. The weather has been kind and we have managed to get a fair amount
done including some early morning flying. We did have a crack at midday take off but it was just a tad gusty with the upper wind stationary. Never mind, made up for it by having a great flight across the village the following morning and waving to all those poor people on their way to work stuck in traffic. Great sport that. We even managed to land on our friendly Bierton farmer making it three times in the past month or two. Excellent. The HS2 archaeological mob swept across the back fields digging trenches and finding nothing… [more …]

General»

We wobble here, we wobble there – January Wobbling

We had only just slipped into January 2019 and we managed a couple of flights on the trot in good old George, now with its C3 burner and comfy T&C swept top basket jobby that we have put together. The old crinkly fabric ’56 is still a trooper. Son Peter is busy now trying to […]

News»

News 04.03.19

~ Sorry, tad late Carruthers
~ BOPPY BAS and boogie book
~ David Barker retires but not quite!
~ New Head of CAA’s General Aviation Unit announced
~ Heads up – The Transatlantic Challenge or Transatlantic Tales Conference.
~ While you’re at it…..
~ Farewell The Oxford Balloon Company
~ Do you really know where you are?
~ Great news from DFDS
~ Old & Rusty balloonist takes to the road – how appropriate
~ Here’s a trailery thing
~ Are you feeling lucky? – Its only the GPS Week Rollover
~ First for us – Ultramagic Mk 32 burner in for inspection
~ Just to be clear Roger – Ballooning Frequency now 122.480kHz
~ Here’s a thing not to miss
~ Cameron burner coil supplier revealed
~ Exploding door syndrome
~ UK Ladies Meet celebrates 10th year – details now out
~ Flying Scholarships launched
~ Then there were this trees…
~ Super duper CAA ATZ Policy Statement issued
~ The Bicester Beech 18

Old & Rusty»

Life in the fast lane – Concorde’s record breaking flight

Quite a few years ago I stood on the eye of the Uffington White Horse on an overcast day with daughter Alice. We heard Concorde a way off, doing her best not to go supersonic before she cleared Cornwall. That sound was unmistakable. The powerful rumble got louder, the clouds parted and that dagger of […]

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 Ridgeway – Finishing the Job

There were four of us did the Ridgeway. Stuart, Nick, Polly and myself along with Simon the Telly on the first day. Now a few days before we started Polly tore a claw out, skylarking in the woods, and was put on R&R so missed the first day. Gutted? We all were apart from Simon […]

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 […]