34 years old
Build and design model balloons, as well as working in a balloon factory.
been in ballooning since I was 6 years old, crewing and flying with anyone who needed an extra set of hands, trained as an Engineer at Airbus for 12 years before taking up a position at Lindstrand balloons in 2007, Qualified as a pilot in the summer of 2009
"I took the opportunity to visit Cappadocia, and with a 5 day stay guaranteed a chance of filming some ballooning, so couldn't resist compiling it all and adding in the logo for HotAirRaces which I’m looking forward to massively in the…"
"Hi Luke, an encuraging comment, to know it can work, it's all untried at the moment as far as ballooning on this side of the pond is concerned. what were the best bits? what made the event the most fun? (was it the BBQ :-) what were…"
Hi Andy, Welcome to Aunty Monkey, I see that you also design and built balloons? Can you send me some picuters of theme, im interested in the balloons your built...for what balloon factory doe you work also ( Cameron or Lindstrand? )? Greetz, Tom
Hi Andy, Thanks that you like my modelballoon :)
Yes it has a paracute in the envelope, but it is just for difflation, It is completly round with velcro ( diffirent then a cute in the big balloons ) My modelballoon " Smile High " has a volume of +/- 80m³ and I ame now bizzy building a 20m³ evelope for a model"cloudhopper"balloon :)
I was crew for the T-Rex balloon at the festival in Olen this year, I had contacted Ernest Lee ho is the owner of the balloon now and askt him iff I could crew for hem and it was OK. It is whrealy a great balloon, It is beautifull special shape!!!
Do you work for Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons?
Is Lindstrand Balloons Ltd. the same as Lindstrand Technologies? I have seen on the sites that they are at the same building and adress? But I don't know how it works? Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons is still building hot air balloons wright? ( I hope so, the modelballoon that I fly "Smile High" is based on a Lindstrand type )
Hi Andy, this year I do not that mutch meetings with my modelballoon, because I am very bizzy at my work :( but if there is a chance to do a festival/meeting I do it... I am now working on a 20m³ evelope for a cloudhopper, it is going to become a Raven/Aerostar type and Im goining to put a rip top in that balloon ( like the early Raven type balloons )
Does Lindstrand Balloons also built balloons with Diamond Wave nylon from Aerostar? Because I so on the internet that Lindstrand USA is building it's balloons now with Diamond Wave in partnership with AEROSTAR... Do you at Lindstrand UK also juse Diamond Wave?
I asked another member on this site Keith Sproul: Here is his answer:
The balloon with the small round vent is a CUSTOM 9 DESIGN. It is a 140 or bigger. (Their 100k envelope has a normal parachute.) The big round vent, which most of would think would be a parachute is a VELCRO rip panel. The small round vent is an actual parachute vent.
most balloon only have one vent up at the top. This company (Custom 9 Design) is the only one that I know of that does it this way. You use the small parachute to vent to descend, and you only pull the big one when you have landed and are ready to deflate the balloon.