Presentation to the Oxford LAA group
8th of November at 8pm at Sturdy's Castle Country Inn OX 5 2EP Kidlington, Oxford
Allie will be talking about her adventures by Beech 18 and Balloon and telling us about the challenges that some countries pose. Everybody welcome. Entry fee of £4 includes a sandwich!
13. November - 4. December
Allie and her ballooning friend from Holland, Monique Hoogeslag have achieved a new record: they became the first to fly a balloon on the Bahamas making this Allie's country nr 113. It wasn't an easy task shipping the entire hopper kit on various scheduled flights, finding a suitable place to do their flight and getting the right weather slot.
India and beyond
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei?
In December I will be taking my hopper out to India as a base in the hope of flying in a few remaining missing countries in Asia. Those are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and East Timor
The ‘STANS’ by balloon
A challenging expedition trying to fly a small 2-person balloon in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan using our light weight Cameron Sport O-50. The trip is likely to take up to 6 weeks. Fellow adventurers: feel free to enquire about joining options. You don’t have to be a pilot just need a keen interest in assisting with achieving at least one flight in each country. You also would need the enthusiasm to enjoy meeting local people, to experience their culture and bring patience for potentially tedious border crossings. There might be options to join for parts of the expedition. Costing and logistics will be updated soon.
Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
12th April to 10th May 2023
This trip has been successfully completed flying in three new countries: Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe. All of them could not have been achieved without the great help of my ballooning and aviation friends in Africa. I will be back next year for more!
ON THE BEECH
The project Beech 18 and Balloon
June 2017- July 2018
After 5 years of planning, many frustrations and set backs, we finally embarked on the most epic journey of our life - flying in our vintage Beech 18 across the Arctic flying our light-weight balloon in Iceland, Greenland and Canada. The following year saw us cruising down via the Bahams to Cuba, Belize and as far as Panama before returning to the US. The Beech has now been sold to good hands in the UK. So look out for her!