Balloon Repair Station

Welcome 01.01.2019

Well it’s with a fair mixture of embarrassment and joy that I wish you all a very Happy New Year and a Jolly January, trusting that you enjoyed a loud, raucous, hectic, peaceful Christmas, depending. We had all of those especially when the tree fell down revealing two small people one of which declared, “It wasn’t just me you know!”. It is a disgraceful eight months since we last posted up stuff however the ‘Pages’ bit has been kept updated, unless I missed something. So a very belated  huge thankyou to all our friends who kept us employed last year and to all of you that have continued to visit the site. This year things will head back to the old style of nonsense and we’ll endeavour to try and stay more current. As for 2018’s flying we could have done more[ more…]

Balloon Meets»

Keith and Jeff’s Big Adventure – the Channel Crossing

Probably one of the greatest adventures you can have in ballooning is to leave this fair isle using the wind currents and arrive on foreign soil. The Channel isn’t that wide and thus France not that far but crossing it requires a lot of careful planning and preparation. To run an event that looks to […]

Ballooning»

The Day I Flew inside Liverpool Cathedral – Robin Batchelor

In our very late December News we reported on the trial inflation of a balloon inside Liverpool Cathedral. The inception and instigation of this wonderful happening was all due to the efforts of dear old Birdman Batchelor and here is his story of what happened come the day the event proper took place. Images courtesy […]

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 01.01.2019

Well it’s with a fair mixture of embarrassment and joy that I wish you all a very Happy New Year and a Jolly January, trusting that you enjoyed a loud, raucous, hectic, peaceful Christmas, depending. We had all of those especially when the tree fell down revealing two small people one of which declared, “It wasn’t just me you know!”. It is a disgraceful eight months since we last posted up stuff however the ‘Pages’ bit has been kept updated, unless I missed something. So a very belated  huge thankyou to all our friends who kept us employed last year and to all of you that have continued to visit the site. This year things will head back to the old style of nonsense and we’ll endeavour to try and stay more current. As for 2018’s flying we could have done more[ more…]

General»

News Update 25.09.17 – Ultramagic Service Bulletins

Ultramagic Service Bulletins SB 01/07 and SB 02/17 The latest batch of Flight Manual Supplement updates from Ultramagic also includes two Service Bulletins. SB01/17 and SB02/17, both were issued on 19 September 2017. SB01/07 concerns Vincke liquid fuel hoses in both three eighth (marked 1106 on the hose) and half inch (marked 1108 on the […]

News»

News 03.01.19

~ Content and readability
~ Turning the Pages bit
~ Cameron Balloons Hose Life – Service Bulletin 27 issued
~ End of an era – Grass Roots Founder retires
~ And another… Folly Dog Leg is no more
~ To the Swan – The Christmas Ride
~ Balls and valves- EASA SIB No 2018-14 issued
~ CAA Survey on Maintenance Programmes and the SDMP
~ The nothing to do with Lindstrands Meet – well maybe a little bit
~ Air Navigation Order 2016 updated
~ David Liddiard Obituary – Pete Bish
~ UK AOC renewals reviewed
~ Interval – Just Back
~ Best bogwash notes from EASA 2018
~ It’s Metz year again
~ Government support for airfields announced
~ Access to Government Aerodromes Aeronautical Information
~ Lost your personal logbook? – New procedures
~ Sagrantino Cup dates confirmed
~ Third time lucky? – BBAC Annual General Meeting No 54c
~ Cameron update boogie news
~ Don’t drink and fly – Safety Information Bulletin 2018-07 issued
~ 2018 – Year of the Balloon Meet
~ Be Safe Fly Safe – Tiredness
~ Occurrence Reporting and what to do
~ Schroeder Flight Cylinders – possible problem to watch
~ Grade 2 well listed – The Chateau retires

Old & Rusty»

Toffs on bikes – The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

These days I’m not one for going on bike rides for the sake of it, or riding in groups come to that. You need a purpose I reckon, even if you just make it up, to brave the pot-holed roads of Merry England, and I’ve got a dog that gets humpy if she is left […]

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»

“Silence” by Steve Roake

You know us balloonists are a funny lot. We share a common denominator but we vary by so many ways. From Time to time I think about things, with nothing in particular in mind and then suddenly something will enter my head and I’ll study it at length to fully understand all of its virtues. […]

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 […]