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Welcome to the
North West Balloon and Airship Club...
[above] - Flying in France - over 400 balloons take off within the hour at Mondial Air Ballons 2013, Chambley. [video: Benny Walsgrove, Fort Vale Balloon Team]


Met Office image ©: click for full page:

nwbac year planner

The NWBAC/PRBA Year Planner Page.
View online or download, print out and stick on the fridge!

2014 Year Planner

2015 Provisional Year Planner

There is also a Quicklink in the pull-down menu on every page.

Peter Donkin
Jennifer Owen
Sarah Owen
Safety & Information Officer
Chris Wootton
Land Owner Relations Officer
Graeme Church
PR Officer
Tom Bulloch
Social Secretary
Compass Points Editor
Tom Bulloch
Meet Director
John Russon

The committee may be contacted via the Club Secretary:

or by emailing the

Jennifer Owen
1 Oak Avenue,

Pleasure Flights
If you would like to try a flight or book a special celebration treat for someone, ckick here.

Some Links...

Counties Challenge - a competition for the longest hot air balloon flight within a county boundary
The Great British Long Jump - a competition for the longest hot air balloon flight in the UK each year.

If you have any interest at all in flying hot air balloons - whether it be helping to crew, learning to become a pilot or simply enjoying just being around these spectacular aircraft, then feel free to join us.

Contact one of the members below or turn up at one of the many ballooning events we have scheduled (best to check first - knowing the British weather!)

Or you can now join on-line here.

Chairman's Chatter
Welcom to our club website.
You'll find details here of our wide range of ballooning and social activities.

We are having a quiet end to 2014 with little flying in our area.

One or two of us went abroad to fly in Austria or Italy and some are currently in Burma and Thailand.
The rest of us are waiting for the wind and rain to stop and the ground to dry up!

If you're not yet a balloonist you can see from this website that we are an active bunch in the NW Club, so much so that we don't always make the time to keep our website up to date!

Tom tells me he is about to publish our emagazine, Compass Points, look out for this it has lots in it.

I look forward to meeting new faces at our meetings. Come along and find out what lighter than air flying is about.

Peter D
Beth Abram
Russell Bairstow
Maureen Bairstow
Melissa Bairstow
Karen Beckwith


Web site by John Hartley @ John Hartley Associates, Nelson 07973 439773

Forthcoming club meetings are detailed below.

Tues Dec 16 Social/chat at the Canberra Club

Sun Dec 28 Fly-out (brought forward from Jan as many may be at the Icicle Meet. Probably at the Canbera Club 9.00 ish - I will notify members if the venue needs to be changed due to Xmas holiday.

Tues Jan 20 Flying with Go-Pro. Bob Jones' and other members' incriminating evidence.

Sun Feb 1 Fly-out from Canberra Club followed by lunchtime talk from Tony Jay on the use of Digital Maps and suitable Aps.

Tues 17 Feb Indoor meeting at Canberra Club - ATC / RT advice from a controller - John Russon arranging.

Sun Mar 1 Fly-out from Canberra Club with pre-season equipment checking advice from Easy Balloons - Chris Dunkley.

Tues Mar 17 Indoor meeting - Weather: amateur prediction - 'Is it going to be fit to fly? - Spotting met clues'.

Weekend Apr 3 - 6 Thornton-in-Craven Meet including training / refresher sessions as required.

The Feb and March indoor meetings may swop depending on presenter's availability.

Join on-line...
John Russon

Updated 15/09/2014

Meet Entry Forms for 2015 will appear here when ready

Wherever possible please arrive at all meets with FULL tanks

Previous Balloon Meets - what went on, with photos where available... click here.