January2015

New balloon festivals planned across the world

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Susan on January 29, 2015

Hot air ballooning is growing in popularity, which is highlighted by the many international cities that have recently announced plans to host inaugural balloon events.

The first Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held on (more…)

Endurance balloonist reaches for new world record

Filed under: Hot Air Balloon Pilots — Posted by: Mark Smith on January 22, 2015

A Canadian extreme balloonist, Dr Sandra Rolfe, recently completed another long-haul hot air balloon flight in an attempt to break an endurance record for an AX-04 craft.

She took off near Plantagenet, Ontario, at sunrise on the 13th January, landing (more…)

Wild and wet Cornwall from the air

Filed under: Features — Posted by: Barry on January 21, 2015

With its position jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean in the far west of the country, Cornwall takes up a peninsular that is wet, wild, and full of history.

The sprawling beauty and drama of the region can be seen no better than from (more…)

The highlights of Devon by air

Filed under: Features — Posted by: Susan on January 19, 2015

Any visit to Devon is a diverse one, with spectacular sights at every turn.

As such, taking a hot air balloon ride is best the way to (more…)

Exploring the ‘Jewel of the South West’ from the air

Filed under: Features — Posted by: Mark Smith on January 17, 2015

It was the Welsh Celts and the Saxons that gave Somerset its ‘Country of the Summer’ moniker. With its climate much warmer than the UK average, this is an attachment that still works.

Any hot air balloon ride will reveal that (more…)

Outstanding natural beauty in South Wales

Filed under: Features — Posted by: Barry on January 15, 2015

South Wales is very much a centre for culture, with the capital city of Cardiff dominating the area and how it is shaped.

With much of the countryside here an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty too, flying above (more…)

City of London balloon set to fly in Arizona

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Mark Smith on

A hot air balloon that is used to promote the Lord Mayor’s Appeal will fly at the 2015 Lake Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair.

The craft will be the star of the US show, which will (more…)

Santa teams up with hot air balloonists in Longview

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Susan on January 8, 2015

During the Christmas period, the people of a Texan city were treated to a festive flash mob event with a twist.

Five Great Texas Balloon Race pilots and their crews came to (more…)

Suspense and the sea with hot air balloon rides over Bristol

Filed under: Features — Posted by: Barry on January 2, 2015

With the stunning River Avon coursing its way through Bristol and the River Severn flowing into the sea, it is little surprise this city has such great British maritime heritage.

Now very much a modern city in its own (more…)

Giant head-shaped balloon used for art project

Filed under: Fairs and Events — Posted by: Barry on January 1, 2015

In early December, residents of Utsunomiya, in the Tochigi Prefecture of Japan, were baffled when a giant disembodied head appeared in the sky on the outskirts of the city.

The giant was actually a hot air balloon, which was (more…)