Flight Report: G-ODAD ~ Getting May Off To A Flying Start

Posted on by 5WC in Hot Air Ballooning

Unfortunately, a few weeks or was it months ago somebody decided that most of England were now in drought conditions due to a very dry winter and so enforced a large scale hosepipe ban. The mere mention of drought and hosepipe bans, of course, guarantees the start of weeks of rain and unsettled weather and once again, this proved true.

With weeks of endless heavy rain, the chance to go flying has been virtually non-existent; however, a brief ridge of high pressure covered the UK bringing with it the opportunity for a couple of flights and so I grabbed them. Read more

Flight Report: G-ODAD ~ Keeping It In The Family

Posted on by 5WC in Hot Air Ballooning

One of the most commonly asked questions you get as a balloon pilot is simply “How did you get into ballooning?”. I have an equally simple answer – my father, James, is also a pilot! I grew up going ballooning with my dad. Becoming more and more passionate and, to some extent, obsessed with each passing flight.

My father now flies for fun rather than commercially enjoying what he describes as his “ballooning retirement” flying family and friends, while also helping people learn to fly in his role as a BBAC appointed Instructor.
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The Streatley Nightglow Is A Roaring Success

Posted on by 5WC in Choc Dips, Hot Air Ballooning

Every August balloonists from all over the Thames Valley descend on Streatley Recreation Ground to inflate their balloons at dusk when they glow like giant lightbulbs for the enjoyment of the local villagers.

Steatley Glow 2011

The nightglow was orginally started as a way for the local balloonist to say thank you to the village for allowing us to fly from the Recreation Ground but, over the last few years, has grown in size, to a point where it is a real focal event for the village with hundreds of people turning out and a BBQ that always runs of out food. Read more