Balloon Repair Station

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Welcome 12.11.16

So much for the good intentions of getting back to updating the site monthly again then. Clearly been too nice to be stuck indoors and the daily trogging over hill and down dale with Polly the Collie is proving most theraputin unlike ride-on mowers. Anyway a most warm welcome and thanks for checking us out. We took a whizz over to Ireland to visit Aidan Murphy and partake of the black stuff with Leo Forde and more recently to Bremen which is a truly lovely place, a bit of a miniature York but with trams. Bazzer and I eventually met up in Oxford to partake of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a write up will follow. [more…]

Balloon Meets»

From Warstein to Ferrara – by van!!!!

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Having toughed it out in Warstein Neil Iveson filled his rucksack with beer and set off to march over the Alps to Ferrara from where he wired us this report. Ferrara Balloon Festival in Northern Italy ran from 10th to 18th September. Due to the first weekend clashing with the German Warstein Meet Team Khaos, […]

Ballooning»

Beginners Guide Part 1- How to become a balloon pilot

There are all sorts of training manuals, guides and official syllabus sort of stuff to help, or maybe hinder and confuse, those that want to take up the sport of ballooning, especially if you want to became a pilot. Forgetting all that stuff, Andy Austin, now an Examiner and who has probably trained up more […]

Cloudhoppers»

Hopping with dinosaurs

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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 12.11.16

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So much for the good intentions of getting back to updating the site monthly again then. Clearly been too nice to be stuck indoors and the daily trogging over hill and down dale with Polly the Collie is proving most theraputin unlike ride-on mowers. Anyway a most warm welcome and thanks for checking us out. We took a whizz over to Ireland to visit Aidan Murphy and partake of the black stuff with Leo Forde and more recently to Bremen which is a truly lovely place, a bit of a miniature York but with trams. Bazzer and I eventually met up in Oxford to partake of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a write up will follow. [more…]

General»

One in the eye – Disown Dis-Ability and Fly

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Getting through life with all your attributes intact is tricky enough especially if you then go and do something out of the ordinary but to do it with what is rather awkwardly labelled a ‘disability’ is something rather different. Aidan Murphy has one eye. Does he reckon he is disabled? Not likely. Here’s what he […]

News»

News 12.11.16

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~ Cameron Special Shape TCDS BA.012 goes to Issue 30
~ African Accident
~ Icicle Re-Frozen 2017
~ Airlander bounces
~ Been Jumping!!!
~ CAP1430 – Brilliant read rave reviews.
~ EASA AD Workshop
~ Weather slows downs meets
~ The amazing feat of swans
~ Full house for the One Man Meet 2016
~ Pregnant Pig update

Old & Rusty»

A Tram back in time – Steve Roake

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It’s a Friday in early October, and that means the annual pilgrimage to the One Man Meet, hosted for the second year in a row at Tissington Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The iconic countryside with Dales and Valleys coupled with stone walled fields and picture book pretty villages appeal to hopper pilots who love to bob […]

Projects»

Re-kindling the Flames – a ripping yarn

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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»

Keeping your Hippy Hop Tippity Top – Lindstrand hopper burners

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Having inspected and maintained Lindstrand hoppers ever since they first came out in the mid-90s it is actually not really surprising that we reckon we may have come across most of their foibles, not that they have many, and how a few minutes devoted to them, now’n again, will keep them in tippity top condition. […]