Balloon Repair Station

Welcome 22.11.2020

Now well into the new lockdown and yup we are working. Got stuff to get done and more stuff that should have been done ages ago. Thankfully we have got through everything unscathed and managed to maintain a modicum of normality, as far as it usually goes! Our Pete has completed his final batch of a years’ Chemo and is about to face a month or two of withdrawal I expect. That’ll be our excuse. After a couple of shaky moments, which were put down to stubbornness and fatigue, Jane’s dad is still intent of establishing himself as a 101 year old in April 2021 and dismissing cold callers with a fair degree of flair. [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»

The Great BBAC Licence Swindle – Head above the parapet

The Great BBAC Licence Swindle – Head above the parapet Having largely failed to get any meaningful discussion or response from the British Balloon and Airship Club (BBAC) Flying Committee’s commitment to remaining fully aligned with EASA and without any clear intention to prepare for the departure from EASA on 31st December this year, after […]

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 22.11.2020

Now well into the new lockdown and yup we are working. Got stuff to get done and more stuff that should have been done ages ago. Thankfully we have got through everything unscathed and managed to maintain a modicum of normality, as far as it usually goes! Our Pete has completed his final batch of a years’ Chemo and is about to face a month or two of withdrawal I expect. That’ll be our excuse. After a couple of shaky moments, which were put down to stubbornness and fatigue, Jane’s dad is still intent of establishing himself as a 101 year old in April 2021 and dismissing cold callers with a fair degree of flair. [more…]

General»

Easy Balloons COVID-19 Inspection Procedures

Overview Although at present (June 6th 2020) we are ourselves not carrying out any inspections or repairs we are hoping to re-open in July or August depending on the situation then. When we do re-open these requirements will apply. Having said that some of our inspectors are now inspecting again and others planning to do […]

News»

News 27.07.2020

~ Graham Hallett
~ COVID and workshop re-opening
~ Kubicek-TCDS sorted
~ Ride Operators Covid requirements eased (a bit)
~ 2020 Bristol Balloon Fiesta Update
~ Kubicek launch online parts catalogue.
~ Airbus 340 and 380 do cargo
~ Whizz Bang – Abingdon Summer Fireworks Festival
~ Trevor’s Glastonbury
~ John wings it again
~ Next News shock horror

Old & Rusty»

It’s called “work in progress” by Steve Roake.

Bikes have always been my freedom. Right from the word go and my 1977 Puch Maxi “S”, they have allowed me to go places and do things. The Puch propelled me to British Aerospace in Weybridge where I did my apprenticeship in aeronautical engineering. Following on with a 1975 “N” reg Honda C90 step through. […]

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 […]