Balloon Repair Station

Welcome 09.02.2020

Belated greetings to 2020. This morning is mainly very windy and a tad different to last week. Despite that snowdrops, crocuses and primroses and out here and bringing joy. Always fancied producing saffron but a tad intensive I fear and not good for the back! A fair few years back I unwittingly landed in The Crocus field at Inkpen. It is an SSSI and is famous for the show of lilac crocuses in March. Fortunately it was January and we’d flown from the Icicle. The local warden of the site was most helpful but asked if we wouldn’t land there again until after flowering and die off had finished. Not a problem we said. [more …]

Balloon Meets»

The No Ice Re-frozen Icicle 2020

The Icicle has been part of balloonings’ heritage since it first started and over the years has become the national institution that reminds us that better is yet to come as the evenings draw out and the sun shines warmer. It’s a chance to meet up with friends old and new, check out the latest […]

Ballooning»

Vortex Burner

It has always puzzled me that the manufacturers, and it does seem to include all of them to one degree or another, seldom promote their new, or existing come to that, products in a meaningful way. Ballooning I grant you is a pretty close-knit community so perhaps they feel there is no need, word of […]

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 09.02.2020

Belated greetings to 2020. This morning is mainly very windy and a tad different to last week. Despite that snowdrops, crocuses and primroses and out here and bringing joy. Always fancied producing saffron but a tad intensive I fear and not good for the back! A fair few years back I unwittingly landed in The Crocus field at Inkpen. It is an SSSI and is famous for the show of lilac crocuses in March. Fortunately it was January and we’d flown from the Icicle. The local warden of the site was most helpful but asked if we wouldn’t land there again until after flowering and die off had finished. Not a problem we said. [more …]

General»

Airships, Balloons, Rockets and Dan Dare – Making space in the bookcase (Pt 1)

Every so often we elect, well I elect, to have a Biffa-out. Quite often this transpires to be a de-clutter and rearrangement rather than full blown lob out but, whatever occurs, it does involve some rather prolonged involuntary pauses and distractions when lost or forgotten about treasures emerge. Jane gave me a book on Vinyl […]

News»

News 09.02.2020

~ Camerons take top slots (except Bishy’s)
~ Sky and Lindstrand amalgamated TCDS shock horror – SB29 issued
~ Interlude – Inkpen Crocus Field
~ Cameron Confusion SB (not mandatory)
~ BBML Inflation Day goes O&R
~ Cameron SB28 Stratus Burner hanger issued 31/12/2020
~ Lindstrand Jetstream Pilot Light Regulator Repairs
~ HS2, Rumour Control and Hartley Farm
~ Balloon Events on the up, up and away
~ Ladies Day Big Hat Special Date tbc
~ Lights out at the Black Horse
~ Short Notice-The Old & Rusty Heathrow ATC Club Meeting
~ Cheery Horsey Christmas
~ Home-builds and equipment
~ Just when you’ve seen it all numero uno
~ Part 66 and the Inspector malarkey
~ While we are here – EASA Pilot Licensing
~ When’s a Championship not a Championship?

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»

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 […]