Flight Report: G-BYIY ~ Like Father Like Son (A Start Of Season Tradition)

The ballooning season in the UK runs naturally from March to October as the summer months bring high pressure, settled weather and a greater number of flying days. My father taught me to fly and we are now both commercial pilots flying balloons over the Berkshire and Oxfordshire skies.

Over the last few years a tradition has started to form that at the beginning of each season we have a flight together, mainly because the opportunity to get in the sky and share our passion together doesn’t come along too often. Having managed to fly together on the very first flight of 2012 we have also managed to get another flight together, at the start of the season, taking our private hot air balloon Tutti Frutti for a flight in slow conditions over the countryside south of Abingdon.

Launching from our site at The Dog House at Frilford Heath we flew very slowing, never travelling at more than 5mph, heading south east past the village of Marcham, south of Abingdon before heading directly over the village of Drayton. By descending to a lower altitude, we were able to pick up more of an westerly wind to change our track towards the villages of Milton and Sutton Courtney. Landing in a large grass field just south of Sutton Courtney after an hour in the air.

G-BYIY The Dog House 4th April 2012 PM Track
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G-BYIY The Dog House 4th April 2012 PM 03
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For more pictures of my landing visit Laura’s blog – hellomistermagpie

Posted on by 5WC in Hot Air Ballooning, Tutti Frutti First Edition

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