A report from Bill about our 2017 Kites and Flights event:
2017 turned out to be one of the best
NCBC Kites and Flights events in many
years. The weather turned out to be the
best, 8 balloons with their crews came
out to fly. Friday night several balloons
were ready to fly but the wind never
dropped. Saturday AM the winds were
light on the surface with 7 to 10 knots
above 500 feet, with about 90+ degrees
of steerage.. the fall leaves were spectacular...
There were about 35/40 balloonists out
in the AM.... we invaded the local
breakfast spot and we finished by noon
and everyone was ready to refuel to get
ready the evening flight.? Mid afternoon
more balloonists started to arrive by
the evening flight we were up to 65/70
Eight balloons lifted off for the
evening flight.. it was tight in the
launch field and everyone worked
together, last Balloon away was
Sandra....she handled the launch
like a pro, her landing was a stand
During the Day Sandra got around to
mingle with all the balloonists.
It was great to hear her speak
with everyone. Supper time came
and a ton of food appeared.?
Every one left with full tummies...
Everyone left ready for our next
Kites and Flights 2018 - Oct 20th.
Book your calendars now!
Soft landing and Gentle Breezes
On Saturday April 22, 2017 from 10:30AM to 1:30PM,
The NCBC will be holding their Pilot Recurrent Training Seminar. This training seminar has been approved by Transport Canada to satisfy recency requirements as outlined in Part IV, Standard 421.05 (2)(c) of the CARs.
Location is at the Cyrville Community Centre (now renamed the Pat Clark Community Centre) in Ottawa East (Gloucester) located at:
4355 Halmont Drive (off of Palmerston which is off of Ogilvie).
We will be in the “Paint Room”, same room as 2 years ago. Free parking is available at the back of the Community Centre.
It will be mainly geared towards Hot Air Balloon Pilots, but anyone is welcome, crew included.
Note that NCBC membership dues must be paid in order to attend the seminar. Dues can be paid online here:
The purpose of this notice is to announce the calling of our 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) open to all active and potential NCBC members and family.
The meeting details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday January 24, 2017
Annual General Meeting starts at: 7:00pm
Location: Louie’s Steak House (now renamed Verona Pizza House), 1682 Cyrville Rd, Ottawa, ON K1B 3L8
Please note that the restaurant expects us to have a meal in order to stay and have our meeting after.
Also note that it’s the same place as always – just the name has changed.
Anyone that has not renewed their membership for 2017 can renew their NCBC membership on the day of this special meeting. You can also renew your membership online here (if you haven’t already done so for 2017):
Here is a Post Kites and Flights report from our friend Bill:
Rain, Rain, Rain... to put it bluntly.
The rain started on Thursday and it never stopped till
In true balloonist spirit, they started to show up
We all new the weather would keep us grounded, and
the rain would also keep the kites dry inside. We
had plenty of pilots and crew out for breakfast.
When we returned from breakfast, more crew were
Even though the weather was terrible all day,
more pilots and crew would come and go stopping
in to say Hi.
We were graced by new friends from the local
half-way house, (several types of handicaps).
They came hoping to see kites or balloons.
Our good friend Gerard had set up several kites
in the shop to add some color. Some of these kites
were made from our left over balloon fabric cuttings.
Supper time came around and the head count was more
That's one thing about balloonists, we may miss a
flight or two but we never miss a meal!
Our next Kites and Flight takes place next
Oct 21, 2017, mark your calendars now.
No excuses, we plan on having good weather.
Please note that Louie’s expects us to have a meal in order to stay and have our meeting after.
Anyone that has not renewed their membership for 2015 can renew their NCBC membership on the day of this special meeting. You can also renew your membership online here (if you haven’t already done so for 2016):
This past weekend proved to be a good one. It all started
Friday when Balloon friends started to show up early.
Weather watchers tend to do that. The High pressure system
that came in did not want to be wasted. 6 balloons took to
the sky Friday night and some of us got to fly almost 2 hours.
On Saturday morning, before 7:00 AM, there were almost 50
people here as 8 Balloons took to the sky. The forecast
(SpotWX) was to have stronger winds by early morning,
and they got it right. After an hour we were flying at
20+ MPH, or 40 Km range, at low level. Some found long
fields and we managed to hide behind some tall trees.
Breakfast was a lot of good friends at Maggie's in
Alexandria... The afternoon had more balloons arrive but
only the Kites took flight, as a weather rain system approached.
A few brought their kites so the sky had lots of color
Lots of good old friends with new ones acquired, the weekend
was a great time.
So Members of the NCBC - Mark your calendar's now! Next years
Date is Saturday Oct 22, 2016. If you want to plan on coming
early just let us know.
Thanks to our fellow Balloonists from New Brunswick, New
Hampshire, New York, Ottawa/Gatineau, Montreal, St Jean,
and Quebec city for attending.
Gentle Breezes and soft Landing, But a few Fast ones,
Wild Bill EH and Sandra
After 2 long years of planning, 6 long months of sewing and 3 months of test-flying, the Alien Rocket Special Shape Hot Air Balloon has finally completed its 10 hours of test flying and is ready to travel the world!
Follow all its adventures on its very own Facebook Page here: