Free landing-fees for regular visitors

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To say thank you to our visitors we have put together a loyalty scheme. Frequent visitors can pick up a loyalty card and have it stamped each time on arrival. Once you have filled up four stamps, the next landing fee is on us!

You can get a loyalty card free of charge at reception now.

Weather ballooning

A group of enthusiasts have launched a weather balloon from Welshpool Mid-Wales Airport.

Following the go-ahead from the CAA the group launched the balloon at 8am and set off to track it. As Colin Hardy from the group told us:

“We lost all contact with the payload not too long after take off however, therefore we were running on guesswork and a few hopes and dreams. We drove to Chepstow (as per the prediction that we ran) and hoped for the best that either we would see if fall from the sky, or find it at the side of the road (unlikely!).”

“As it happened, we went home with our tail between our legs and then the following morning we had a call from a chap in Weston Super Mare who had found our box on a hill outside his house. It was only a few miles line of sight from the predicted landing point and probably sailed over our heads while we stopped for breakfast in Chepstow!!”

“We really had fantastic conditions that morning, I think we chose the date spot on. Lovely weather and a great location to launch. All hardware was recovered and we’re now planning the Mark II and III sometime soon!”

Above is the video that the group made – check out the launch around four minutes in.

Coflein

Coflein

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The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) has been working for over 100 years to catalog Wales’s rich heritage – much of it through aerial photography. Much of their work is now available on their online database – Coflein.

Welshpool Mid-Wales Airport features heavily in the database and so it is about time that we shared it with you. You can view the photography here.

Don’t forget that Dr Toby Driver’s book on aerial photography is on sale now – pop into reception and ask for a copy.

Photography – Crown Copyright: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

Womens’ balloon photos

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This year's ballooning has begun in earnest as the women ballooners showed that you don't need a propeller to take to the sky. The aviatrixes lined their balloons along the runway each morning before scattering across the valley. The clear blue skies and graceful balloons were a photographer's dream.

The hot air balloons return next weekend with the one-man hoppers.

Photography - Brian Nicholas and Dave Jones

Hot air balloons

Hot air balloons

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Between loop-the-loops and TV helicopters chasing after rally cars, aviation at Mid-Wales Airport has been a bit frantic lately. It’s time to slow it down a bit and take in our surroundings.

October therefore welcomes an invasion of hot air balloons – courtesy of Gone With The Wind. These gentle giants will arrive in Welshpool in two waves – starting with the Women’s Balloon Event on the weekend of 5-7 October.

This is followed by the One Man Hopper Meet from 12-14 October, where over 30 balloons are expected. One Man Hoppers (or Cloudhoppers) are the latest craze in ballooning where the relative comfort of a picnic basket is replaced by a steel frame and a safety harness. Maybe it won’t be so relaxing after all!

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