Extracts from my log book 1970 to date

1970-75
Around 30 little aeroplane flights
(including Angers Air Rally ‘71 and ‘72)

1972
10/6 my First balloon Flight
Preceded by a tether with Susannah York in the basket
(For those old enough to remember her name)
18/8 Checked out
22/12 licence issued

1973
June
2-3  Kasterlee Belgium
6-11 Telgte Montgolfiade Grermany
16/6 Cirencester Air Britain 1st 0verall
30/6 – 1/7 Sudbury, Carousel 1st place
19/8 My 100th flight

1974
2/6 Montgolfiade Germany Carousel 1st Overall
8-9/6 Coupe Jean Nicot 1st place (team UK win also)
14-15/9 European Cup Rheims 1st place (=Simon Faithfull)
(2 International meetings in France in ’74.  Won both)
31/12-1/1/75 Fete de St Sylvestre Maintenon

1975
4/5 Tilburg, Holland 2nd place
8/5 Essen Germany
11/5 Moorsele Begium 3 yr old son Rupert got drunk
in error – he thought the strawberry champagne he was looking after while
I was picking up 3 balloons - was pop!
28/5 F/F Swanflight
7-8/6 Montgolfiade Franco Brittanique, Orleans
16-21/6 Carate Brianza, Italy. With Renee and Simon
Piero Porati, who was our student, got his balloon stuck
on a stadium light post during an impatient tether
15/7 Southampton Show
13/9 Wuppertal, Germany, with Jumping Jack
23/12 My 200th flight
31/12 Maintenon, France. 1st person to officially join CAIF
(Club Aerostatique de l’Īle de France)

1976
2/1 At Maintenon 12 km flown in 15 mins. Fast.
9/4 Carousel 2 First Flight
15/4 Skvode Sweden Europeans
15/5 Wevelgen Belgium
16/5 Planned gas flight but aborted due to thunderstorm approaching.
18/5 Night flight Germany w/Hans Buker
20-23/5 + Schliersee, Bavaria
22/5 Crashed on the Mountainside in 40 mph winds
7/6 Don Cameron flew as my passenger!
12/6 75th Anniversary Belgian aero club, Brussels
27/6 St Etienne France. Horrific photo of my launch in the local papers
due to wind on top of the cliff but flight OK
11/7 Bridgend Glamorgan, Wales
13-15/8 Fochabers Scotland
(13/8 John Grubbstrom, future FAI President, flew as passenger)
29/8-4/9 British Champs 3rd place
3/9 Didn’t round out after 6000ft cold descent, stuck in tree near target.
Brother in law Tony had to get out so I could get the balloon out of the tree.
My protest against disqualification upheld and competition rules changed to include no contact with anything attached to the ground
4-7/10 1st place Irish Champs Boyle
(8/10 Landed in N Ireland)

1977
2-3/1 France, New Year Party
8/1 flew in Heineken 500,000 cu ft Balloon at Icicle
14/4 First flight of Bert
8-14/5 6th place British Nationals
12-16/9 World Championships at York.
14/9 3rd in task 15.7 m from target, 32 km in 50 mins
16/9 1st in task, 2.28m from target
Finally I was 8thoverall, the highest placed Briton.
27/11 First flight with home produced double burner

1978
29/4 Maintenon
20-21/5 Meeting nr Madrid, Spain
27/5 Coupe Prince de Ligne. Winner.
2/6 Franco Brittanique, Vittel
10/6 1st flight from central London for 40 years
1/7 Coupe Pouvray
13-15/8 Kempden Germany
3/9 Sint Niklaas.  Winner
(Won both International competitions that year in Belgium)
27/9 Irish Championships at Ballymahon  Won 2nd time.

1979
17-19/1 1st Alpine Trophy Filzmoos
(19/1 spent 2 hours at 19,000ft to get away from glacier)
10-16/2 1st Chateau d’Oex
30/3-1/4 Maintenon meeting, France
24/5 Ceroux, Begium
16/6 Balleroy France
30/6 Coupe Pouvray
6/7 Casablanca, Morrocco
10/9 My 400th flight
1-5/10 Irish Champs Kilkenny.

1980
13-17/1 Filzmoos
23/2-2/3 Chateau d’Oex
8/5 500 hours completed
7-8/6 Balleroy France
(passenger on 7/6 was President of FAI-CIA H Hassold)
29/6 Coupe Pouvray France
7/9 Sint Niklaas Begium  2nd place
29/9-4/10 Irish Champs Kilkenny
(4/10 Night Flight to Wellington Bridge)

1981
11-14/1 Filzmoos
21-24/1 Gstaad Open Winner
(21/1 max speed 100 mph at 16,500 ft)
28/2-7/3 Chateau d’Oex
18-26/4 Tel Aviv tethers only
(Free Flight banned after terrorist balloon flight from Palestine)
28-29/5 Ceroux Belgium
20/6 City of Milan Trophy , Italy
24-25/6 at Bombard Society, Beaune, France
27-28/6 Coupe Pouvray, France
27/7-1/8 Gstaad Switzerland
27. To Turin Italy. Cloud from 8,000 to 13,000 ft
Mostly flew at 17,000 ft. Followed Hans Buker.
22-23/8 Ursel Begium
6/9 Sint Niklaas, Belgium
26/9 Montgolfiades Baden-Baden Germany
3/10 ‘Vieux Brulers’ Maintenon France

1982
17-22/1 Filzmoos
27/2-7/3 Chateau d’Oex
(1/3 Won David Niven Trophy, 210 kms, to Austria)
27/3 Night Flight for 4h 5m
3-4/4 Maintenon France
20-27/6 Coupe Pouvray, France
8-10/7 Holland 1st Barneveld meeting.
8/8 Fano. Italy
10/8 1st flight ever from centre of San Marino
(Took off from an open cellar near the top of the city)
5/9 Sint Niklaas Belgium
16-19/10 Chateau Cezy Winner

1983
22-29/1 Chateau d’Oex
(25/1 slid down avalanche slope on landing
27/1 Landed Italy, 220 km, 30 mins pilot light failure)
23-24/4 Geneva Bicentennial
4-5/6 J&B Quaich Long distance race
11/6 Lille France inc night flight
2-3/7 Leeds Castle Franco Brittanique
17/9 Maintenon France J&B trophy
31/12 Maintenon France New Years Eve

1984
21-29/1 Chateau d’Oex
(21/1 My first flight in a Cloudhopper)
2/6 J&B Quaich  Long Distance race
9-10/6 Trophy de Hazebrouck
(with 2 night flights)
16/6 Leeds Castle
5-7/8 Barneveld Holland
(Nice full page newspaper article from px)

1985
7-10/1 Filzmoos Alpine Trophy
11/5 Coupe Chateau Vascoeil, France
25-27/5 Auxerre France
1/6 J&B Quaich
5/6 Balleroy. Flew as test, landed in a river with 4 journalists as px
15-16/6 Leeds Castle
16-19/6 Wimereaux France
1-3/8 Barneveld Fiesta Holland
29/9 Maintenon France Inaugration of new CAIF clubhouse

1986
6-10/1 Flizmoos Austria
24-25/5 Noailles France
31/5-1/6 J&B Quaich
5-9/6 Lille, France
12-13/7 Great Southern Balloon Race, Southampton. Winner
6-9/8 Barneveld Balloon Fiesta Holland
31/8 Yvetot, France
27-28/9 CAIF Maintenon France

1987
17-25/1 Chateau d’Oex Switzerland 9 flights
1/8 Southampton Balloon Meet
6-9/8 Barneveld Balloon Fiest Holland
29/12 Maintenon France for New Year

1988
23-28/1 Chateau d’Oex Switzerland 10th Anniv
16/7 Southampton Festival
11-13/8 Barneveld Balloon Fiesta
31/12 Le Clos de Pouvray

1989
9-12/1 Filzmoos Austria
6-8/7 Barneveld Balloon Fiesta Holland
19-20/8 Chalonne s/Seine France

1990
6-7/7 Barneveld Balloon Fiesta, Holland
15/7 1000 hours completed
26/7 First flight from our house in Villiers le Morhier

1991
8-10/8 Barneveld balloon fiesta Holland
25/8 Le Mage France my sister in law’s house
25/12 Villiers le Morhier
 Christmas Day

1992
11/4 Maiden Flight of G-BTXS

1993
18-22/1 Gstaad Switzerland}
22-24/1 Kaprun Austria        } Event Winner
(24/1 GPS showed 142 kph at 14,000 ft)

1999
30/10-14/11 San Diego to Costa Rica and back
(With Simon in his Cessna 177, 52h 30m, 26 flights)

2003
7/6 to 9/11 US tour with balloon 11 flights
AR, Red Rocks Gallup, Napa Valley, Manteca CA, Kalispel MT, Norfolk NE, DesMoines IA, MO, TX, NM
(inc 3 flights at Abuquerque as P2)

2004
3-4/1 Icicle meet
13/6 Flight in Mexico

2005
Flights with neighbours at new house
6/5 Eleanor’s flying training started

2006
5/8 to 3/10 3 flights in the US

2007 to 09
Local flights with neighbours

2010-11
Eleanor training flights
15/8 Eleanor checked out

2014
Didn’t renew licence after 42 years flying
(Eleanor needed my balloons!)
Total 1277hours in balloons
Total 1059 balloon flights
30+ different balloons flown
50+ total voyages in little planes