15/03/2018 Back to News
Forget the snow, forget the rain, we still had fun at the Easter training meet.
This annual event is held by the PRBA and the NWBAC and is right on the border of Yorkshire and Lancashire at Thornton Hall Farm Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton, N.Yorks. www.thorntonhallcountrypark.co.uk

The beast from the east certainly made an appearance, as did the pest from the west - oh the war of the roses rumbles on!

Only a few hardy souls actually pitched their homes for the weekend - with extra brownie points going to Dan and Maddie King who actually camped under canvass, brrr, and we all packed away on Monday in the snow.

It was so cold that even hats were borrowed as you will see with Pete H keeping his eyebrows warm, his ears meanwhile, dropped off from frostbite.
The idea of the meet is to encourage pilot under training to come along and get ground school subjects under their belt as well as (if the weather is OK) a bit of flying tuition.

The ground schools were well attended with newbies, youngies, oldies and returnies.

Friday - Air Law & Human Performance
Saturday - Balloon Systems & Meteorology
Sunday - Safety Seminar & Navigation
Monday - Written Exams

I know there were a a number of exam passes so congratulations to those who took the plunge!! (No pun on the ground conditions intended there but Bryce Alderson and Dan King managed a bit of mud wallowing!)

A number of us - 27 actually, ventured to the Four Elephants on Saturday evening for a spot of curry.

The safety seminar on Sunday was a great success, hosted by Dave Court, with a lot of interaction and idea sharing. Tim Wilkinson brought along his tank from the power line incident and bravely gave us all an emotional insight into the aftermath of such an incident, well done Tim. Andy Austin also gave his presentation on safety, again, thought provoking and useful. I realise the subject of safety can be a scary subject but the 'smell of fear' in the room was not Dave, nor any of the human attendees.

Following the classroom finally warming up, we went outside into the the very cold and Dave gave out tips to the assembled masses with the assistance of Nichola Roskill's bottom end (good job we are all balloonists and know what a bottom end is!). That was the nearest we got to a balloon all weekend.

Well done to the training meet team; Derek Grimshaw, John Hartley, Dave Court, Ann Rich, and anyone else involved in putting it on. Thank you.
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