Affiliated to the British Balloon & Airship Club  
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]


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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
Ray Owen
Safety & Information Officer
Chris Wootton
Land Owner Relations Officer
Graeme Church
PR Officer
Tom Bulloch
Social Secretary
Emma Briggs
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
Welcome to the North West Balloon & Airship Club Website

Our three weekend meets have been very successful. We had one in Barnoldswick at Easter, one in Congleton at the beginning of May and one in Kirkby Lonsdale at the end of May. These meets gave us some training opportunities for those members learning to fly.

We held a training weekend at the Barnoldswick Meet with some of our trainee pilots passing their exams with flying colours (pardon the pun!) It was also an opportunity to get together with our friends from the Pennine Region Balloon Association

Our Congleton Meet was also a great success with lots of flying and 2 of our trainee pilots passing their final stages of become fully fledged balloon pilots so our congratulations go to them. We must also congratulate our youngest pilot, Alex Court who recently gained his licence. He did his solo flight lasting 1hour 50mins!

Our next event is our social morning get together on Sunday 3rd August (venue TBC) and then we have our flying evening on Tues 19th August at The Canberra Club, Salmesbury. We also have our Weekend Meet over the August Bank Holiday in Bouth to look forward to. If you fancy coming along to find out what we do please feel free to join us there. If you email one of our committee via the contacts page to say you are coming, we will arrange to meet you there and introduce you to some other members

If you would like any more information about any of our meets or social events please contact us via the contacts page or visit us on facebook or twitter North West Balloon & Airship Club (facebook) or @NWBAC on Twitter

Written on Behalf of Chairman July 2014
Beth Abram
Russell Bairstow
Maureen Bairstow
Melissa Bairstow
Karen Beckwith


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

Updated 15th September 2014

Tuesday 16th September 2014
Hi All

Its still looking Flyable for tomorrow night, Club Night

It will be an early meet for those who do not have work commitments, Dont worry if your crew or pilot cannot make it,we will have a jacobs join of Balloon teams.

Sunset is 7.25pm so you will need to meet at 6pm ish.

If you cannot make Flying, there will be space for an end of season basket or trailer tidy

Committee meeting will be afterwards, with Dave Court on standby to answer any EASA queries

New or potential members welcome, please e mail me so I can arrange to meet up with you.

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.