The second Telford Balloon Festival took place on 11-12 May 2019 and Lindstrand Technologies were once again tasked with running the ballooning side of things.

After the tremendous success of the first event in 2018, expectations were high and, despite the usual mixed bag of English weather, the people of Telford were greeted to a sight of more hot air balloons flying over their town than at any time previously.

Due to strong winds, initial plans for a Friday evening flight were scuppered so the event began in earnest on Saturday morning. A handful of balloonists took to the sky in challenging conditions before the afternoon activities began at 12pm. On Saturday afternoon, the public were treated to a fun fair, food and drinks stalls and day 1 of the World’s Strongest Man competition. The weather conditions remained challenging throughout the day with former ballooning World Champion David Bareford being the only pilot to take off on Saturday evening, much to the delight of the crowds. Saturday night saw the Telford Night Glow, with a number of balloons lighting up the night sky, their pilots using their burners to illuminate the balloons in time to music. Taking centre stage in the Glow was Lindstrand’s Emoji special shape, looking luminous as it glowed. It was fabulous to see so many people enjoying the Glow and with a dazzling firework display to round it all off, people went home happy.

Sunday morning dawned and, thankfully, brought with it some lighter winds. What followed was a fabulous morning, with more than 30 hot air balloons lifting out of the town park. Amongst those flying was the giant Emoji and the Panasonic Battery. There were initial concerns around the strengths of the winds but these disappeared allowing a mass ascent of balloons on a light north easterly breeze.

From a personal perspective, Sunday morning was a training flight for me and it was wonderful to fly alongside 30 other balloons in a part of the world not overly familiar with ballooning in gorgeous Shropshire countryside. Flying in a balloon gives you such a different perspective on the landscape, and flying over a town or city can provide just as many tranquil photo opportunities as flying over the countryside. In this instance we were able to achieve both, with spectacular views of Telford and the surrounding industrial area, including the giant cooling towers at Ironbridge Power Station, when we took off. We then tracked slowly south, following the River Severn, landing in a nice big grassy field near Sutton Maddock.

The remainder of Sunday saw clear blue skies and light winds, so the crowds flocked to the QEII arena, where tethered balloons were on display, including Lindstrand’s Wes the Wolf, and food and drinks stalls, a fun fair and the second day of the World’s Strongest Man competition kept people entertained.

In the evening, a handful of balloons took to the skies to huge cheers from the crowd.

The entire event was free for the people of Telford and injected a tremendous boost to the local area, with families flocking to the town park in their thousands for 2 full days of food, drink, fun and hot air balloons.

Lindstrand Technologies organised a wonderful display of hot air balloons across the weekend and now turn their attention to balloons meets in Metz, France and Todi, Italy before the Oswestry Balloon Carnival returns in August.

Writer: Tom Orpin

Images by: Marisa D’Alessandro

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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

Throw Back Thursday! Lindstrand team taking part at the 2017 Sagrantino Cup, in Italy. Make sure you don’t miss out next year! Follow the link below for pilot registration! http://lnx.sagrantinocup.it/2018-documents/

Throw Back Thursday! An amazing image from the Richard and Per’s adventure archives! Image of the team from the Virgin Pacific Flyer. 1991

Aerial View Before Takeoff!

Aerial View Before Takeoff! #OswestryBalloonFiesta Oswestry Balloon Fiesta The British Ironwork Centre

Posted by Lindstrand Technologies on Saturday, 26 August 2017