Thursday, 28 July 2016

Life's a Beech

Betty is waiting for her appearance at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on the 13/14th of August. Make sure you come to see her flying a display! More on that later and in more detail.

Hard to believe that this photo was taken two years ago.
Many promises followed but sadly no many actions!

I have come across a very interesting and stimulating article about flying a Beech 18 by pilot Lasse Ringholm.

He writes in his first couple of lines: 'Flying the Beech 18 is an honour and an experience that few pilots ever get over. (...) the 18 is a delight to fly and as honest and straightforward a flying machine as you'll find anywhere.

Betty is now in top condition and all ready for her adventure.

Enjoy reading Lasse's article!

Life's a Beech by Lasse Rungholm

Saturday, 9 July 2016

See 'Betty the Beech' at the Gloucestershire Airport Open Day on the 16th of July

Gloucestershire Airport is holding an Open Day on Saturday the 16th of July and Betty the Beech will be on static display during the day. For more info see the airports website here:

Come to this fun day with plenty of interesting aircraft and events. Weather permitting a hot air balloon will be launching from the airstrip later that evening. For booking a ticket go to the Bristol Balloons website: 

In the meantime Phil and I are trying to log a few more new countries and have escaped the other side  of the big pond, to Argentina.

I was lucky enough to enjoy a superb hopper flight yesterday morning in quite interesting wind conditions with a very cold calm ground layer allowing for an easy launch and landing but surprisingly finding me zooming along the wet countryside at 23kt at only 400ft! 

Thanks so much to Argentinian ballooning friends for helping with gas, launch sites and retrieve!! You are fantastic! Muchos gracias!