Balloon Repair Station

Welcome 01.05.2020

Hi and a very warm welcome to you. Thanks for dropping by. Slight rethink on the way we present in the present clime. We will use the Welcome page to let you know exactly what we are at or not. You will find a bit of a repeat in the News but this seems to be where everyone comes first. Thank you. Currently we remain closed and are not planning to carry out any inspections or repairs for the foreseeable. At the moment, apart from the threat of infection and travel restrictions and although we would love to see all our customers again and earn some money, we will not be carrying out any inspections or maintenance until Government and CAA advice allows it.[More …]

Balloon Meets»

Strange times – The 5th Leap Meet, Feb 2020 – Peter Dowlen reports

I am writing this in strange times, we are in lockdown and, as I sit here in glorious April sunshine, I am reminiscing back to the very last balloon event, held in normal times, in the UK. I am speaking, of course, about the 2020 Leap Meet, held in Llandovery, South Wales, at the end […]

Ballooning»

Corrie Virutrolic nasty thing and the Balloon Clubs

With the lockdown having been extended into June, throughout the UK the regional balloon clubs have issued guides and notes to pilots and many planned events and get-togethers cancelled or are being revued on a rolling basis. Within the clubs, from early on, members had all agreed that flying was going on hold and, following […]

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 01.05.2020

Hi and a very warm welcome to you. Thanks for dropping by. Slight rethink on the way we present in the present clime. We will use the Welcome page to let you know exactly what we are at or not. You will find a bit of a repeat in the News but this seems to be where everyone comes first. Thank you. Currently we remain closed and are not planning to carry out any inspections or repairs for the foreseeable. At the moment, apart from the threat of infection and travel restrictions and although we would love to see all our customers again and earn some money, we will not be carrying out any inspections or maintenance until Government and CAA advice allows it.[More …]

General»

Edward does the ton – Birthday under lockdown

Jane’s dad, Edward Oates, as in my father-in-law finally, after dragging it out for what seems like years, reached the age of 100 on 15th April 2020. Now he very thoughtfully got born in 1920 making it very easy to work which year this target was reached. A lot of time and effort in recent […]

News»

News 01.05.2020

~ Easy Balloons and Covid
~ Steve Burden
~ CAP 1789 EU Drone regulation package postponed
~ Covid and Balloon Insurance
~ Regional Balloon Clubs go on Lock-Down
~ Please don’t message from the BBAC Chairman
~ Exclusive Ballooning Events Updates
~ Albuquerque leaving things open.
~ Ultramagic limited opening
~ British Balloon & Airship Club have not much of a shake-up
~ Farewell South Downs Ballooning
~ Sheep Sheared in stealth attack
~ Radiotelephony Manual – New edition out now Roger
~ Certificate of Revalidation – All you need to know!
~ Extensions to validity periods for everything
~ Even more confusion solutions stuff
~ Ultramagic Flight Manual gears up
~ The Man in the Moon – Celebrating Sunset and Moonshine
~ And Finally – No flying keeps birds happy

Old & Rusty»

A Tale of Two Cylinders – Getting the Moto Guzzi going (Part 1)

Author’s note: Oh dear. Whilst doing a little ‘website housekeeping’ I found this article languishing in the ‘drafts’ folder. And it has been “languishing” for a very very long time… On re-reading it (a few years on from the original draft) I find that it is now significantly ‘out of date’ because I went a […]

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»

Guide to CBL, T&C, LBL, Sky & Colt Fuel Gauges.

Now here’s a thing. During the Corrie meltdown Bishy of Zebedee fame decided that a Biffa out of his ram-jammed full barn would be a good starting point for something to do. His missus Elaine loved the idea as it got him out the house and Celia thought it divine as a load of old […]