Flight Report: G-CJXD ~ 31st July 2016

Posted on by 5WC in Bumble, Hot Air Ballooning

I try not to promise people balloon flights. It’s not because I’m antisocial and don’t wish to fly them but simply because I don’t want to let anybody down. I only fly a dozen or so times a year privately, and whilst I’m happy, and really enjoy, sharing the experience with friends I just hate the knowledge that a promise now may take months, or even years, to come to fruition. Friendships can be solely tested when your word appears to be nothing but empty.

So, I was acutely aware that it was now getting well over 18 months since a very long-standing friend had swapped me a flight in his plane for a flight in my balloon. And while he was being completely understanding as to the reasons why I hadn’t kept my side of the bargain, the weight of knowing he’d been waiting that long was starting to sit far too heavily on my shoulders. Read more

Fixed Wing Fun – A Day In A Plane

Posted on by 5WC in Aviation
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Aviation has obviously played a major part in my life, but as I’m sure you will have guessed, aviation in my eyes is lighter than air, and apart from a single passenger flight in a “Lightship” 15 years ago, unpowered and of the hot air variety.

Recently, however, an old childhood friend got in touch through the wonders f modern social media. He’d just moved back to the area, suggested we meet up for a catch up and instead of the usual “let’s meet in the pub” offered up the idea that we swap air time. A qualified fixed wing pilot, his idea was simple – a flight in a plane for a flight in a balloon with a bit of chatter thrown in for good measure. Seemed like a fair deal to me. Read more