Balloon Repair Station

Easy Balloon Inspectors in the Field

Updated 09.03.2021 – Dave Such contact details changed – Jeff Sommers added

Easy Balloons uses inspectors in areas other than Buckinghamshire who between them can provide our simple year on year inspections and issue Airworthiness Revue Certificates (ARC) for private, public transport and special shaped balloons. If you choose to use them they can issue both the Release to Service and the ARC such that they expire on the same day. For balloons not engaged in the carriage of passengers there is no CAMO contract involved so no reams of stuff coming through the letterbox or hidden charges. What you pay the inspector is a one-off payment. You will not be ‘in a CAMO’ but everything airworthiness will be dealt with so you can go flying and ongoing up-to-date information is always available here on the website. If you need help or advice please call the office on 01296 624725 or send an email to

Please note that if you are in another CAMO we can still inspect and issue ARCs under our Part M approval and will forward any paperwork required to your CAMO on your behalf if requested.

Pete Bish is authorised to carry out envelope repairs as a category 5 inspector and sign the repairs off under Easy Balloons Subpart F. He is based near Hungerford in Berkshire. Website is, telephone 01488 681527, Email

Tony Brown based near Guildford in sunny Surrey inspections by arrangement. Private and Public Transport Balloons. Email at or phone on 01483 233895.

Cary Crawley based in Essex but available for inspections worldwide by arrangement. Authorised to inspect private, public transport and special shapes. Contact by Email which is checked very regularily

Paul Dickinson formally of Thunder & Colt and Sky Balloons Paul now represents Ultramagic Balloons. Based in St Martins near Oswestry (not the island!) he is a Category 2 inspector inspecting Private, Special Shape and Public Transport Balloons and travels regularly to Spain. Tel 01691 770027 or mobile 07041 544160.

Chris Dunkley is mainly based at Hartley Farm, Wendover but, along with all the team, is happy to travel anywhere. If you want to arrange an Inspection Day in your area or for your Region please let us know and we will be delighted to help, along with any of our inspectors if required. Private, Public Transport and special shapes. Contact is 01296 624725 or email

Jonathan Dyer is based in Farnborough in Hampshire. He does travel overseas and is happy to carry out inspections there by arrangement. He is well-known for his input at both the BBAC Inspector Seminars and Instructor Days. He is authorised to inspect private balloons up to 120,000 cu feet. He can be contacted on 01252 519142 mobile 07889 835711 or email

Simon Forse Not currently current but still has a wealth of information inspector about everything and anything from Private through Airships, Public Transport, Special Shapes to Gas. Present contact details are email or telephone 01691 659188.

Tony Gould was at the birth of modern ballooning and is approved to inspect private balloons up to 120,000 cu ft. He is based in Rushmere, Suffolk tel. 07711 196768 or by email at

Geoff Lescott heralds from Cowley, Oxford. He has a fine sense of humour and admits a fondness for exotic locations (not necessarily exotic machinery) and prefers returning customers. Which means he will travel by arrangement. He is a Cat3 inspector and approved to inspect private balloons up to 120,000 cu feet and is generally available during the week and weekends for inspections. He can be contacted by email at, mobile 07711 638526 or home 01865 770794.

Paolo Oggioni runs Slowfly Mongolfiere in Mondovi, Italy where he is also Chairman of the Mondovi Balloon Club. In addition he has a well-equipped workshop where, apart from general balloony repairs he can carry out Proof Pressure Testing. He is also holds a BBAC Instructor rating. He is happy to travel but equally delighted to carry out inspections in Mondovi, Italy, so if your balloon resides there then he is on site. Currently he rated as a Cat3 inspector and is approved to inspect regular shapes upto 120,000 cu.ft. He can be contacted on mobile: +39 335 1045115 or by email at

Ross Powell is based on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border. He has now sadly retired, bought a Citreon 2CV called ‘Green Pea’ and lives in a yurt in the West Country. Although not inspecting if you need help and advice give him a shout. Contact by mobile 07774 241014 or e-mail:

Jeff Sommers, formally with Virgin Balloons and well respected in the commercial ballooning world, has joined Easy Balloons. Great news. He is based in Shropshire and can inspect both private and commercial balloons and issue ARCs. He is available at short notice any day of the week and can travel anywhere. Contact him on 01952 375668, 07925 877345 or email

Dave Such has been around balloons for many years and is based in Spaldwick near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. near He is approved to inspect Regular and Special Shaped Balloons and prepared to travel anywhere within reason. Dave can be contacted on 01480 890721, 07989 988082 or email

John Till operates from his farm just off the A64 near Welburn and can be contacted on his home/evening phone number 01653 619990 or daytime/work number 01653 618294. Email will also reach him. Inspections are available by appointment pretty much anytime. He can inspect all sizes of Balloon including Public Transport.

Richard Tillson has a dog like mine and is based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire and can be contacted by telephone on 07711 284146 or Email at He is generally available mid-week and weekends and can usually carry out an inspections at relatively short notice. Travelling to inspect a balloon isn’t a problem or alternatively he can usually find somewhere close to his home. He is currently rated for Private balloons.

Malcolm White is on the Emerald Isle and is approved to inspect both private and commercial balloons and issue ARCs. He also travels widely, runs a Ride Business and is an Instructor. He is at 14 Newtown Close, Abbeyview, Trim Co Meath +353 8764 00000, mob +0353 46 9483436. Email Website at

Dan Wilson Based in Norwich we are delighted to say that Dan, through sheer determination has checked back into inspecting, and life in general. We are thrilled and wish him well. He is prepared to travel. Mobile: 07710 031715, Home (evenings): 01493 700174 email:

Colin Wolstenholme is based in Somerset but will travel by arrangement pretty much anywhere. Extensive knowledge of all the balloon manufacturers equipment as he has worked for nearly all of them! He has a very well equipped workshop. Approved to inspect and issue ARCs for all types of balloons including special shapes and Passenger Transport. Approved to carry out Proof Pressure Testing to cylinders. He is also an examiner (PPL, CPL and TRE) and instructor. His contact details are address; High Croft, Scumbrum Lane, High Littleton, N.E. Somerset BS39 6YH, Tel 07802 367700 email

John Yarrow is an ARC signatory for Easy Balloons so can carry out Airworthiness Reviews and additionally can sign off repairs under Easy Balloons Subpart F. He is based at the Wendover workshop telephone 01296 624725.