The 3-4-40 Region is a local ballooning club, one of a number of UK organizations affiliated to the British Balloon and Airship Club. The Region is named after the three motorways which pass through it and includes Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire east of Salisbury Plain, and much of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We maintain close links with other regional balloon clubs including the Mid-Hants Balloon Club, Western Region and the Black Horse Balloon Club.
Membership is open to anyone interested in ballooning be they Commercial Operators, Private Pilots, Pilots under Training (PUTs), Retrieve Crew, or people who simply enjoy being around balloons. Members do not have to live in the Region – many join because they fly in the area or they enjoy attending our monthly meetings, which are held on the second Monday of each month except December.
The programme secretary arranges a mixture of speakers, some instructional, some entertaining, and some on topical issues. Above all emphasis at the meetings is on good fellowship and the opportunity to meet others interested in our sport.
We also publish a monthly newsletter, Flying Wires, giving information on future meetings, news on local ballooning activities, and updates on issues such as landowner relations.
We aim to arrange two or three balloon meets during the year, and these will include some rudimentary competition flying. In particular we organise the ballooning at the Woodcote Rally in July as well as a meet in November to celebrate the first manned flight, in a balloon made by the Montgolfier brothers in 1783. The mass balloon launch from the Newbury Show in September as well as the International Icicle Balloon Meet in January are also local events which are organized with the help of members of the 3-4-40.