15 April, Ashton Court, Keynsham & Shirehampton
Bristol Balloons confirmed that they were flying so they met their passengers in Ashton Court at 5pm. Over an hour later they were in the sky and A-GAS, flown by First Flight, followed just after. The Visit Bristol team were also there setting up alongside G-ERRI. This was the second time G-ERRI has been in Ashton Court, as it tethered in 2014. They both took off, with Visit Bristol being the first. Whilst flying towards the Bristol harbour side they decided to attempt a 'splash and dash' and this is where the pilot gets the basket to touch the water. Here is a link to a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epUsAze1TjI&feature=youtu.be&a . As some local websites are reporting, this is not a disaster as it was all meant to happen and was safe. Though because of this the pilot and the balloon are banned from flying from Ashton Court as this was a major breach of the CAA rules. This was not the first time either, but we will still see the Visit Bristol balloon from other private launch sites around Bristol, maize field near Bath and Royal Victoria Park.
Keynsham RFC saw Cameron Balloons fly G-CHIO, their Z-120. Then Lighter than Air's CJ Hole took off.
The JHA balloon team flew from the PBA club in Shirehampton and they landed at Wallscourt Farm Academy. Watch this amazing video from the launch site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWQbA6UVfnM&feature=youtu.be