TETHER: G-WATT ~ 18th June 2017

Posted on by 5WC in Cooling Tower, Hot Air Ballooning
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I love strapping GoPro action cameras to my balloons when I fly. I love the post-flight challenge of creating timelapse videos that encapsulate the spirit and emotion of the flights I’ve flown, as well as, allowing all those involved to relive the memories and experiences. One problem though is that, no matter how many GoPro cameras I buy, how many strange locations of the balloon I discover to attach and hang cameras from, I’m always shooting aerial footage away from the balloon. I’m looking out rather than looking in.

My friend Grant, however, owns a DJI Mavic Pro drone and he’d come along to shoot some footage of the Beat balloon (G-ISOB) on a flight from Streatley Recreation Ground, allowing me to finally get that allusive “looking in” flying shot. I’d been so impressed by the footage he’s got of Beat inflating and launching initially into the sky that I decided to buy my own drone – forgetting that you can either fly a drone, or a balloon, but not both. Read more

Mike Evans – G-WATT First Flight

Posted on by 5WC in Cooling Tower

On 20th January 1990, the National Power Cooling Tower took to the skies of Château-d’Oex, Switzerland, for the first time ever as part of annual week long balloon festival. Piloting the balloon for the very first time was Bristol based balloonist Mike Evans, and I spoke to him recently about his memories of that first flight. Read more