General background and Info on the PRBA
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Inaugural Meeting
25 June 1978

Date affiliated to the BBAC

First meeting
Held at RAF Finningley, 25 June 1978. Formed by local pilots, all balloons were represented on the committee:
English Rose - Crispin Williams (Chairman)/Adrian Clark (Secretary); Jules Verne - David Barlow (Treasurer); Shadowfax - Stuart Bridge (Safety Officer); Swan Flight - Geoff Beckwith; Fred - David Smith; and Aeolis - Brian Boyce.

The first event was a Trans-Pennine Challenge. The first balloon meet was held at Belton House on 19/20 August 1978.

Other Meetings
Full details are in the regional newsletter 'Scoop'.

No. of Members
Approximately 100

Membership Fees
The annual membership fee is due on 1st January.

Single member or Family members at the same address: 20.00

'Scoop' - Published 4-5 times per year.

AGM Date
As published in 'Scoop', usually November/December.

Competitions and Trophies open only to Members

Brass Monkey Trophy
Awarded annually for 'Outstanding Achievement in Ballooning'.

Arbor Eat 'Em Trophy
Awarded annually for a close encounter of the tree kind!

Landowner Relations Trophy
Awarded annually for fostering good landowner relations or 'going above and beyond' to ensure a good relationship is maintained.

Trans-Pennine Challenge
Awarded annually to a member of either the North West Balloon and Airship Club or the Pennine Region Balloon Association for the longest, non-stop flight across the Pennines, in either direction.

Balloon meets organised for members and non-members/

Brass Monkey, Harrogate - January/February/March
Easter Training Weekend, Thornton in Craven - held jointly with NWBAC
Bowes & Bells, Richmond - March/April
Flying Man Festival, Pocklington - May
Henge Hoppers, Bedale - June
Leyburn - July
White Horse, Thirsk - August
Autumn Gold, County Durham - September
Splash and Dash AND TRAINING meet - October
Humber Bridge - November

A trophy is awarded at each of our meets; open to all pilots attending the meet.

Landowner Relations

Regional LRO
Phil Traviss

Map LROs
MAPLocal LROTel.
80,81,87,88TBA07557 019903
92Ray Wright01748 884652
93Phil Traviss01642 780000
94,99Neil Beckwith07557 019903
100TBA07557 019903
101Harry Stringer01723 859112
104,105Dave Sutcliffe01423 888350
106Neil Beckwith07557 019903
107Tony Greensides01964 670584
110Alex Smith07557 098124
111Alex Smith07557 098124
112,113Terry Marsden01652 688356

Radiotelephony (RT), Firefighting, Landowner Relations, First Aid and Crew Training courses are held periodically. Training Officer - Phil Traviss:

Current BBAC Instructors in the region are:-
Colne: John Hartley - 01282 868739
Wigan: Paul Wade - 01257 251883
Stockport: John Russon - 07766 881340
Co Durham: Phil Traviss

Air Traffic Control Liaison
Terry Marsden assists with our Air Traffic Liaison:

Met Service
Organised for individual balloon meets only.

Number and location of Launch Sites available to Members
Organised for individual balloon meets only.

Number and Location of Refuelling sites
Organised for individual balloon meets only.

Club House location

Area from east of the Pennines to the coast and from the Scottish border to a line from the Humber to Sheffield. OS Landranger maps 80, 81, 87, 88, 92, 93, 94, 99, 100, 101, 104, 105, 106, 107, 110, 111, 112, 113.
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Latest News
WHITE HORSE MEET @ Thirsk Racecourse 10-12 May
We have an edition of Scoop!
Meet entry forms are now live.
We have a new committee!
Martin Read R.I.P.
Merry Christmas
AGM - Wednesday 13th December at 7pm
Barry Newman RIP
Autumn Gold at Fishburn, Co Durham - Friday 13th October
Thirsk - White Horse meet. 29th Sept to 1st Oct
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