Flight Report: G-CDYL ~ Marching Over South Oxfordshire & West Berkshire

Hot air ballooning is a very weather dependant activity and unfortunately some people can arrange balloon flight after flight only for it to be cancelled as the weather puts play to safe flight. For others, it sometimes just happens that you are in the right place at the right time and take to the skies at the first time of asking.

Chris Aram, an old school friend, was in exactly that situation when he rang me on a Friday afternoon to ask if would be possible to organise a last minute balloon flight for himself and his wife Hayley that weekend. High pressure was building across the UK and while Saturday looked windy, Sunday would be flyable.

We arrange to meet up at first light at The Dog House at Frilford Heath to allow us to fly south as the met forecast predicted. Taking off the wind speed was slightly faster than forecast but still perfectly safe for flying and we proceeded to track south passing over the village of Drayton (where Hayley grew up) before skirting around Didcot Power Station and heading out over the open countryside of the South Oxfordshire / West Berkshire border.

After a lovely 1hr and 15 minute flight, we were on course for Bradfield College gold course and landed on a piece of rough between two fairways before packing the balloon away and heading back Frilford Heath for a well earned breakfast.

Thanks again for the flight yesterday. We really enjoyed it.

Chris & Hayley Aram

Flight Track From Chris & Hayley Aram's Flight In March 2012
Flying The Aram's March 2012 - 01
Flying The Aram's March 2012 - 02
Flying The Aram's March 2012 - 03
Posted on by 5WC in Hot Air Ballooning, Lambert Smith Hampton First Edition

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