A very warm welcome to Easy Balloons. We are primarily an EASA Part M Subpart F & G Continuing Airworthiness Maintenance Organisation (CAMO). We aim to make life for both Commercial and Private Balloonists alike, simpler, a bit more affordable and enjoyable (as ever much as EASA legislation can be). Here you will find the normal business stuff, a rake of Airworthiness Information that all balloonists are free to access along with articles and features about some of the other things we all get up to. The site is designed to be interactive and evolve as we go along so please have a wander round and enjoy. If you want to contact us please feel free. We are here to help. You will also find information about Wendover Trailers and the Balloon Repair Station in whose premises we are based.
Easy Balloons and the Private Balloonist
At Easy Balloons we want to make life simpler, easier and more affordable for all balloonists, wherever they are. To this end we have come up with a cunning plan. We can’t beat EASA and its nonsense but we can try and make it as Easy as possible, especially if you are only interested in flying your balloon and the paperwork does nothing but confuse! If you are a private balloonist, or fly a balloon that does not need to be in a CAMO (Continued Airworthiness Maintenance Organisation), for a single fee we aim to provide a service where you come along with your balloon and a box of paperwork, we sort it all out for you, binning the unnecessary and updating the out-of-date, carry out an inspection, mend any broken bits, issue you with the required paperwork and you go away to enjoy your ballooning until we see you the following year. Easy.
There are a few things that you need to realise before you go down the route of not being in a CAMO but don’t worry it is surprisingly the same as it used to be before EASA confused things! You’ll find all that information, along with the inevitable terms and conditions, and (of course) the cost, in the Non-CAMO Section of Services.
Easy Balloons and the AOC Holder
For the embattled AOC holder we want to make sure their life is also as Easy as possible. We appreciate that they have no choice but to sign up with a CAMO. That being the case we want to make it as simple and straightforward as possible and provide all the support you need at very competitive rates. As a Part M Subpart F & G Organisation Easy Balloons can provide AOC Holders with just that.
For our terms and conditions and simple pricing structure please visit the Easy Balloons CAMO section in the Services bit.
Easy Balloons Facilities
Repairs and maintenance is normally carried out through Wendover Trailers and the Balloon Repair Station workshop in whose premises we are based. Here you will find a warm welcome, Easy parking, a forklift to assist with unloading and tea and coffee. If you are waiting then we have a comfy sofa and free Interweb connection. If it is going to be a longer job then we have some lovely countryside to wander around in and plenty of touristy places to visit locally.
Inspections normally take place just down the road in the field adjacent to The Black Horse in Great Missenden which does a fine lunch if required!
Repairs and Maintenance
Wendover Trailers and the Balloon Repair Station provide a very comprehensive repair and maintenance service in their fully equipped workshops. They carry a very large stock of parts and materials so can usually carry out smaller repairs while you wait or on the same day as your inspection. They are often able to loan equipment when repairs are protracted.
If the damage or repair is on the larger side they are happy to prepare a quote and undertake insurance work.
They are approved to carry out 10 year Flight Cylinder Proof Pressure Testing which, by arrangement can be while you wait.
Having had far too many years of experience within the world of commercial ballooning they also design and build equipment for one off special projects or events.
If your trailer requires repair or servicing Wendover Trailers stock a wide range of parts for most makes, including Westfalia, and are agents for Bradley Doublelock.
If, after all that, you want to go for a flight then we have a field outside or trot off down to the Black Horse.
With a bit of luck all that information should be in Other Stuff in the Services bit as well!
Our Inspectors and Inspections
We realise that not everybody flies south of Watford Gap so we do have a number of Easy Balloons Approved Inspectors in various parts of the country and abroad who are able to carry out the required work on our behalf. A list of Approved Inspectors can also be found in the Services section.
If you are a multi-balloon Ride Operator, Club or a group of local balloonists we can, by arrangement, come to you. Please enquire for full details and, of course, it will always be 'weather dependent!'
Easy Balloons and existing CAMOs
Although we primarily operate under our own Maintenance Organisation (CAMO), all of us including our inspectors in the field are happy to repair and inspect any balloon operating under any other CAMO.
Through Chris we can also arrange Check Flights to both PPL and CPL levels and Instructor rating check flights and the facility for you to sit your PPL written exams.
For AOC holders and CPL pilots, Base and Line Checks for Groups A&B.