02/04/2024 Back to News
Easter Training Weekend: flying scuppered - but a training success!
The fields in the area around Thornton-in-Craven have been soft and wet for months now. The local farmers themselves are avoiding going onto the land. For this reason it was decided to cancel all flying a couple of days before the start of the event to avoid any possible issues with landing and retrieving and in time for any teams attending purely for flying to cancel. The decision was left as long as possible in the hope that some drying weather might improve the conditions but this was clearly not going to happen.

Photo ęZoe Rawcliffe: shows Fort Vale balloon flying over Colne at the much drier 2023 Easter Meet.

In spite of this, the planned theory training went ahead. Ever popular, visitors from across the UK attended to take advantage of the free training organised by the NWBAC and the Pennine Region Balloon Association. Seven PUTs took part over three days of theory delivered by Ann Rich and Paul Wade. All five subjects were covered and with great success. Over the weekend 24 examinations were taken by the student pilots with 21 successfully passed.

The launch field at the Thornton Hall Country Park did finally drain and dry out enough for two annual inspections to take place on the Sunday.

The Training Weekend will take place again at Easter 2025, 18th - 21st April, a little later in the year so, hopefully, a little drier too!

Hoping for better weather soon, please, in time for the next NWBAC meet - May Bank Holiday weekend at Kirkoswald, Penrith (details on the website).
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