Who we are
Easy Balloons Ltd is the latest off-shoot of Wendover Trailers and the Balloon Repair Station. Trading since 1982 Wendover Trailers manufactured all types of specialist trailers launching a range of commercial balloon trailers in 1986 and continues to be involved in all types of engineering and special projects. From the word 'go' Wendover Trailers was also heavily into looking after airworthiness issues of balloons and repairing and maintaining them. As the majority of their work today is the repair and maintenance of balloons it was decided to add the ‘& the Balloon Repair Station’. Wendover Trailers and the Balloon Repair Station still operate but after knocking the workshop about they have found room for Easy Balloons. Easy Balloons Ltd is a Continued Airworthiness Maintenance Organisation Subpart F&G and fully EASA approved bringing the overall business up to date. As Easy Balloons now shares their premises they get to share its Website!
At the needles we have John Yarrow who, back in 1985, started with Tony Patey in London at Thermal Aircraft, formed after Thunder Balloons combined with Colt Balloons and moved to Oswestry. Highly regarded, he is now one of the most experienced balloon repairers around and is a BBAC Cat 5 inspector. John also does most of the basket repairs. Out of hours he is a well established jewellery maker and hill runner with an outstanding knowledge of London pubs.
Responsible for burners and tanks (and when allowed, baskets) we have Chris Dunkley, former Chairman of the BBAC Technical Committee. Apart from having a very wide knowledge of all balloon equipment he is burdened with a broad understanding of all the airworthiness legislation which, he freely admits, drives him bonkers. As well as being a BBAC Cat 3 inspector he also holds a Commercial Pilots Licence, is a PPL, CPL and Group B Type Rating Examiner. Away from the workshop his interests include anything Old and Rusty, model railways (not trainsets!!!) any decent ale over 5% and he has been known to ride his horse, now and again!
Upstairs is Alice Dunkley who does stuff in the office (out of bounds to most) and assists with inspections. Her interests include horses (quell surpris), her son Charlie, Italian scooters and chocolate.
Keeping everything running and MD of Easy Balloons is Jane Dunkley who also looks after the accounting and sales. Her interests include conversing with the CAA, Frank the Lorry, buying things for her grandchildren, her garden, riding mopeds and horses.
Apart from repairs and maintenance we are always happy to give advice and help if asked. Visitors are warmly welcomed at any time but do call first as we do often work off site. We are open Tuesday to Friday from about ten to six. If we are flat out though you’ll probably have to make your own tea!