Balloon Repair Station

Welcome 03.04.17

March was truly Marvellous and now we are in Amazing April and its sunny, the leaves are all a-bursting from the buds and the Yellow Brimstones are a-flitting about. Love it. Apologies if you have been telephoning or emailing and haven’t had a response last week only we were walking, like you do. Yes we are all back safe and sound from our epic (for me!) walk to Avebury. It nearly didn’t happen for Polly as she managed to lose a back claw on the Friday which we didn’t discover until Saturday! Come Monday she clearly wasn’t up to it but did come and see us off. She did join us on Tuesday and went from Cadsden to Avebury and was truly fantastic. We reckon we did 90 miles and she probably did 150![more …]

Balloon Meets»

Debbie’s Great British Dash – Long Jump 2016

The Long Jump is one of the last great personal challenges. Forget your altitude records, round the world flights and competition flying, all very challenging to different degrees I’m sure, but The Great British Long Jump is truly a personal challenge and one that has seen some pretty courageous flying over the years. Last year […]

Ballooning»

The Ups and Downs of Thermals

Weather is a strange science, there is no denying that. There are so many variables that it is a wonder that forecasting is as accurate as it is, well, at ground level anyway. You can, in the main, see weather but what you can’t see are thermals. Well, you can sometimes see their effects but […]

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 03.04.17

March was truly Marvellous and now we are in Amazing April and its sunny, the leaves are all a-bursting from the buds and the Yellow Brimstones are a-flitting about. Love it. Apologies if you have been telephoning or emailing and haven’t had a response last week only we were walking, like you do. Yes we are all back safe and sound from our epic (for me!) walk to Avebury. It nearly didn’t happen for Polly as she managed to lose a back claw on the Friday which we didn’t discover until Saturday! Come Monday she clearly wasn’t up to it but did come and see us off. She did join us on Tuesday and went from Cadsden to Avebury and was truly fantastic. We reckon we did 90 miles and she probably did 150![more …]

General»

Tess’s Trafalgar Day (plus one)

Why Trafalgar Day plus one? Well we missed celebrating it this year on account that we were too busy. As luck would have it though, it was Tessa Tennant’s birthday on 22nd October, the next day, and, as it turned out, a bit of a victory against the odds. Obvious then. Who is Tessa Tennant? […]

News»

News update 10.04.17

Cameron Manuals – Updates published The following documents have been issued or revised and are available on the Cameron Balloons website. If you are an Inspector then you may have already got this from Mr Graham but, in case you aren’t or haven’t, here we go…… Hot Air Balloon Flight Manual, Issue 10 has gone […]

Old & Rusty»

Is it an age thing? – Steve Roake chomps the bit over classic Jap bikes

I don’t know about you, but for me the more I look at Modern Plastic Urban Motorcycles, the more they look generically all the same. I’m sure regulations have had their say in why everything now looks and goes in a similar vein, but for me all the current crop of modern bikes are soulless […]

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»

“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

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. […]