Balloon Repair Station

Welcome 03.02.17

Be amazed, nearly got this up on time. Been a bit hickledepickledly of late. Need more daylight I reckon. A very warm welcome to you and thanks for checking out the site. Hopefully there should be some fresh stuff up (see paragraph two!). We have had a short burst of busyness recently but mainly it is the still the quiet time of the year for us which means other stuff should get done. Sadly we managed not to get to the Icicle, the Black Horse AGM or the London Region meeting to see Rob Bayly’s brilliant talk and slide show on ballooning over London on account of Jane’s dad and carers but all is now pretty much sorted and we did get to the Chiltern Region social in Lavenden which was very well attended and the grub very good. [more…]

Balloon Meets»

Damp squibs? – Not likely its the Icicle Refrozen 2017

Charged with being on the organising Committee of the now nicely re-established Icicle Refrozen it came as a huge relief to Geoff Lescott and the 3-4-40 Icicle Refrozen organising crew that this year they managed to actually fly, an occurrence missing from the meet for quite a few years. Attendance was great, the atmosphere brilliant […]

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

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 03.02.17

Be amazed, nearly got this up on time. Been a bit hickledepickledly of late. Need more daylight I reckon. A very warm welcome to you and thanks for checking out the site. Hopefully there should be some fresh stuff up (see paragraph two!). We have had a short burst of busyness recently but mainly it is the still the quiet time of the year for us which means other stuff should get done. Sadly we managed not to get to the Icicle, the Black Horse AGM or the London Region meeting to see Rob Bayly’s brilliant talk and slide show on ballooning over London on account of Jane’s dad and carers but all is now pretty much sorted and we did get to the Chiltern Region social in Lavenden which was very well attended and the grub very good. [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 05.02.17

~ Cameron Manual Revisions – Including the first ever Service Letter!
~ John Davies takes the Queen’s shilling
~ BBAC Website hiccup
~ Really! – No applicants for the Royal Aero Club Burseries?
~ EASA sorting out Global Warming
~ Jobs for the boys (and girls) Cameron Balloons advertise vacancies
~ Cameron Work Experience packages 2017
~ Nic Amor Bigs balloons
~ New dates for the Dairy – sorry Diary
~ Instructor Returns and Instructor Days
~ 2017 BBAC member discount for sailings on DFDS services
~ DFDS Terms and Conditions on the Dover to France Routes updated.
~ A lesson for car makers (and burner manufacturers)
~ Wheel-Tug gets approval
~ Baby Boom Zooms into the frame.
~ You won’t believe this – We wouldn’t have!
~ Wow for the Owl
~ While we are on the subject of owls – The Hogwarts Sorting Hat
~ Proper rusty stuff – Model steam engine discovered

Old & Rusty»

HMS Starwort and the U-boat – the sinking of U-660

Monday morning bright and gay and dear old Trev popped round for a coffee. “’Ere boy found this in me dad’s house. Its HMS Starwort, a Flower Class Corvette.” “How do you know that matey?” I asked. “Its on the back. Kettle on?” No change there then. Thing is neither of us had ever heard […]

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. […]