Oswestry Balloon Carnival 2018

The inaugural Oswestry Balloon Carnival took place on 25/26 August 2018.

After last year’s Oswestry Balloon Festival at the nearby Ironworks, this year the event was incorporated into Oswestry’s annual town carnival, taking place in the heart of the town as a free event for the town’s people.

On Saturday morning we were greeted on-site with a snug launch field which certainly wasn’t without character. Whilst balloons had to carefully lay out between obstacles such as trees and a bandstand, complete with angry wasps nest, there was something very heart-warming about squeezing a complete balloon event into a local town park. By complete I mean, you had the launch field, with a balloonist entrance and exit, and you had a number of food stalls and children’s slides, and that was the event, all within a localised environment. There was a terrific sense of community spirit.

Things were a little fast on Saturday morning but a small number of balloons fancied giving it a go and were able to enjoy a quick flight, once they had negotiated the town park and nearby rooftops.

Lindstrand Technologies were instrumental in pulling the balloon aspect of the carnival together, and had many balloons in attendance, including He’s Back, the Per Lindstrand balloon featuring a giant banner of Per and some of the Lindstrand Tech demonstrators, including a hopper. Several Lindstrand special shapes were also in attendance and stole the show, including the Panasonic Battery and Wes the Wolf, making his first appearance at a balloon festival. The giant ‘baby’ penguin Tall Steve, operated by Exclusive Ballooning, was also in attendance, making it to Oswestry having just returned from the Red River Balloon Rally Festival in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.

Balloons tethered throughout the day on Saturday, with clouds breaking up nicely to inject some real warmth.

The evening flight was called on, and some 30 balloons launched out of the quaint launch field to roars of excitement from the crowds. And crowds there certainly were; the place was absolutely packed and every balloon launch was greeted with wild cheers and applause. It’s always great to see balloons flying at a place where the local people are not as accustomed to seeing balloons flying as they are elsewhere. Here, there was a lot of love for ballooning and all those involved in putting on this show.

Shapes received extra big cheers, such as Captain Jack, the Donkey, the Battery and Tall Steve. There was also an opportunity at this event for young trainee pilots to have their moment, with the He’s Back balloon being piloted by Matt Billing, a young PuT who went off on his solo flight test and passed with flying colours.

The balloons flew for around an hour, flying directly over the town before landing in the Shropshire countryside.

The day climaxed with a spectacular Night Glow, with Wes the Wolf being the star of the show.

Unfortunately, the weather became all Bank Holiday on the Sunday and ballooning activity was cancelled. However, en route home we took a detour to a fabulous new restaurant deep in north Wales which more than made up for the gloomy conditions.

Reflecting on the event, it’s been confirmed that more people attended this event than any other in Oswestry town history. So, is there an appetite for balloon events in this part of the world? You’d better believe it and Lindstrand Technologies are at the forefront of making this happen.

This was a superb community event for the people of Oswestry and brought balloons and the general public closer together than ever. For many of these people, this would have been the closest they’ve ever come to a balloon before and there was a real sense of warmth and admiration for all those taking part.

Bring on next year.

– Hot Air Blogger

Written by:  Tom Orpin
Photographs by:  Marisa DAlessandro

Per at FAVIA

Lindstrand’s managing director, Per Lindstrand speaking at the FAVIA conference in the USA today.

Fantastic day at FAVIA celebrating the first manned balloon flight in the USA.

Nightglow in Lubao

First Nightglow of the Lubao International Balloon Festival

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First flight of the Lubao International Balloon Festival, in the Philippines

FAVIA 225 event in the USA

Our Managing Director, Mr Per Lindstrand will be speaking at this years FAVIA 225 event in the USA.

FAVIA 225 is thrilled to announce Per Lindstrand as a speaker at the convention! Per, with his years of adventure and innovation, is sure to be a can’t miss hour during the event!

Swedish-born, Per Lindstrand is a remarkable aeronautical engineer, pilot, and adventurer who has earned worldwide recognition for his achievements in breaking through the boundaries of lighter-than-air technology. He has held every absolute world record for hot air balloon flights in terms of distance, duration, and altitude; and is particularly known for his series of record-breaking trans-oceanic hot air balloon flights and attempts to be the first to fly a Rozière balloon around the Earth with Sir Richard Branson and Steve Fossett.

Per has received numerous awards for his achievement and outstanding contribution to the aeronautical industry including the Royal Aeronautical Club’s Gold Medal presented by Prince Andrew in both 1989 and 1991. In 1988, Per received the Royal Aeronautical Club’s Britannica Trophy presented by Lord Brabazon, as well as America’s most prestigious flying award, the Harmon Trophy, presented at the White House by Vice-President Quayle. Per has also been recognized in the Guinness Hall of Fame. Per not only flies balloons, but all other aircraft as well. He holds an airline transport pilot license for airplanes and helicopters and a commercial license for auto-gyros, airships, and gliders.

Founder of Lindstrand Technologies Ltd, Per’s numerous world record attempts have been crucial to the continuous innovation of his company. He holds a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from Wolverhampton, UK and a MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Gothenburg, Sweden. Since 1990, he has designed and built: a 2,600,600 ft³ hot air balloon which successfully crossed the pacific; a 1,100,00 ft³ Roziere balloon for the Virgin Global Challenger attempt to circumnavigate the World; and a 200,000 ft³ helium 30 passenger tethered aerostat.

Aeronautical Merits and Awards

World Recorder Holder for all Hot Air Balloons:
The Distance – 6,761 miles

The Duration – 46 hours and 15 minutes

The Altitude – 64,900 feet

Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators

Board Member of GAPAN’s Training and Education Committee

1987 Royal Aero Club – Britannia Trophy

Royal Aeronautical Society – Harmon Trophy

1988 Royal Aero Club – Gold Medal

Royal Aeronautical Society – Harmon Trophy

German Aero Club – Daidalos Medaille

Royal Swedish Aero Club – Gold Medal

Russian Aero Federation – Red Star Award

Lighter-than-Air Society – Achievement Award

Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – Diplome Montgolfier

1990 Lighter-than-Air Society – Achievement Award

1991 Royal Aero Club – Gold Medal

Lighter-than-Air Society – Achievement Award

Hall of Fame – Distinguished Achievement Award

1998 Aviation Week & Space Technology – Laurels Award for Operations

1999 Köber-Stiftung Foundation – Köber Prize for Lighter-than-Air Engineering Excellence

2006 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – Outstanding Achievement Award

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – Honorary Fellowship

2009 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) – Lifetime Achievement Award

Lindstrand Maintenance and Repair Course

We were delighted to welcome 25 Swedish balloonists to our facility recently for a maintenance and repair course. The team were able to have hands on experience with various manufacturing techniques. If you are interested in learning more about our hot air balloon maintenance course, please contact us.

Our SkyFlyer

Our SkyFlyer has recently been inflated for operational testing at its new home. We are very excited for this mile stone and it marks an exciting new development for tethered passenger aerostats.

In addition to our popular HiFlyer the SkyFlyer will open up new markets for operations and we are excited for the new opportunities this major leap forward in tethered gas aerostat technology. The Lindstrand team had a stunning view from the top of the SkyFlyer during the installation, bonus points if you can guess where they are.

LTL-180 On Celebrities Go

Many of you spotted the LTL-180 on celebrities go barging on channel 5 this evening, thanks for the messages. For those who didn’t you can check out here. Flown by our dealer Boris Nigrowski of Montgolfiere Du Perigord, France.

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New Balloons

Mondovi has a rich history of ballooning with the city becoming synonymous with balloons.

  

Recently the city decided to commission their first hot air balloon and we are delighted they chose Lindstrand Technologies to build it.

   

The balloon was launched this AM with a gaggle of balloons taking to sky with the new balloon.

 

 

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Telford Balloon and Kite Festival

Telford Balloon and Kite Festival, 12-13th May 2018. Balloon entry is still open. If you would like to enter a balloon/s please email: lorna.hankey@lindstrandtech.co.uk

**Pilots will have free gas and camping at this event. The campsite will be offering a bar facility and Bacon butties in the AM.

We are working with Telford Council

We are excited to announce that we are working with Telford Council to help celebrate their Telford 50 Kite and Flight Festival, on 12th-13th May 2018. In celebration of Telford turning 50! There are currently 50 Balloon entry places for the weekend. If you would like to get involved and enter your balloon please contact Lorna Hankey via email at lorna.hankey@lindstrandtech.co.uk

You can check them out here