Flight Report: G-CEGG ~ A Hop, Skip And Jump Over Abingdon

While it is possible to fly throughout the year – the reason though that you’ll see more balloons during the summer “months” is simply that the weather is more settled and predictable. That doesn’t mean, however, that during the winter months it isn’t possible to get into the air – opportunities are just much more limited.

However, winter flying can be just as good, if not better than it’s more regular summer sibling. With the lack of thermal heating and associated gusting winds it is possible to fly at any time throughout the day – not just first thing in the morning or last thing at night – meaning ballooning becomes almost sociable!

Once such example of this was last weekend, where after weeks of wind and rain a small band of high pressure was skipping across the UK bringing glorious sunshine and perfect flying conditions, for (as the expression goes) one day only.

So I grabbed the cloudhopper, got myself organised and jumped into the air – enjoying a cracking mid-morning flight from The Dog House at Frilford Heath; a light Westerly flow took me East, over the airfield and Abingdon itself before I headed out over the open countryside. With slow wind speeds at most levels, and after nearly an hour’s flying the perfect landing side appeared just before the railway at Radley.

As flights go, it was stunning; the fact it took place during the Winter just makes it that little bit more special!

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