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Its just a trip to Iowa (In February)

Mar 13 2017 04:50 PM | ThompsonAire in Balloon Adventures

Just fly up and be a presenter at the Iowa Balloonists Association Continuing Education Seminar. What could go wrong. Fly up on a Friday, Present at the seminar on Saturday and fly home Sunday. Easy Peasy, Right??

 



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Touched by Norma

Sep 11 2016 01:00 PM | HotAirBalloonist in Balloon Story's

We were one of the forutnate few who were able to meet and enjoy Miss Norma. She is now it hospice. See here story here..



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Flying Miss Norma By Jim Thompson

Mar 16 2016 05:19 PM | Jim Thompson in Balloon Story's

Flying Miss Norma

By

Jim Thompson

 

On January 20th the Thompson family had a ballooning experience that we will remember forever. Jeff had three ride balloons scheduled for that morning. The weather had not cooperated during several winter months with only five flights in December and four in January. As usual Jeff was the pilot on the lead balloon, Jon was also scheduled to fly and Doug Cleghorn was the third pilot. Connie and I were out to crew along with another pilot Glen Marks. Glen was at the Classic last year and flew one of Andy William’s ride balloons. As you will learn later it was a blessing to have Glen along.



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Motion X for iPad

Sep 17 2015 02:50 PM | HotAirBalloonist in Balloon Competition

There are many programs out there for use on an iPad or other tablets. Some are so complex that they are simply unusable. This is the first article of several to come about programs that are NOT so difficult to use but DO HAVE great features for the Balloonist.

 

This first program is called GPS HD by Motion X



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Using GoPro Cameras.

Aug 22 2015 04:33 PM | John Phillips in Equipment

Having used several of the small, "action cameras" that are knock-offs of the GoPro I can safely say that the GoPro is still the absolute best choice on the market. It does have some flaws as Ryan indicated but they're easy to ignore once you compare it to what else is on the market. FYI, the Sony Action Cam is absolutely abysmal for video quality.



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God Controls the Wind, I Control the Burner

Apr 24 2015 03:11 PM | Love is in the air in Balloon Story's

As balloonist we have lots of stories to share!

For me, after 16 years and 1,700 PIC hours of experience flying everything from a Cloudhopper to the Space Shuttle balloon including 75 different makes and models, I can relate.

Listed on Amazon as an ebook or paperback "God Controls the Wind I Control the Burner"has been well received with many positive comments.

Therefore I have decided to share some of the stories for the enjoyment by my fellow aeronauts. Below is just one of my stories

Kevin Cloney

P.S. If this story is well received I will share more stories from my forecoming book "It's More than Hot Air"

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Third Generation Pilot

Nov 05 2014 09:20 AM | Jim Thompson in Balloon Story's

Third Generation Balloonist

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Jim Thompson



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Tie Down on a Tommy Lift.

Oct 12 2014 04:29 PM | HotAirBalloonist in Equipment

Here is a simple strap system we use on our baskets. Been using this system on 5 rigs for the last 8 years without a problem.

Here is how it works.

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GOPRO in Ballooning.

Sep 09 2014 08:07 AM | HotAirBalloonist in Equipment

Go pro mounts and photographs. Here is the system that I am using and a few of the sample photos.

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Ballooning in the Headlines

Hot Air Balloon Makes Emergency Landing Near Homes in Ran...

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NBC 7 San DiegoHot Air Balloon Makes Emergency Landing Near Homes in Rancho PenasquitosNBC 7 San DiegoThe San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said reports of the hot air balloon descending came in just after 7:30 p.m. Residents told police they spotted the hot air balloon across several locations,...
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How a Japanese weapon led to the birth of modern hot-air...

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KAREHow a Japanese weapon led to the birth of modern hot-air ballooningKARE“I felt pretty special when I was the only person in the United States with a balloon and balloon pilot's license,” Piccard said. The 91-year-old credits his most famous flight in Minneapolis in 1947 as the birth of th...
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The Week in Photos: From Health-Care Debacles to Hot Air...

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Pacific StandardThe Week in Photos: From Health-Care Debacles to Hot Air Balloon RidesPacific StandardThe Week in Photos: From Health-Care Debacles to Hot Air Balloon Rides. A round-up of images from Viewfinder, Pacific Standard's daily photo feature. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan departs fr...
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13th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Seeking C...

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13th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival Seeking CrewSplash Pensacola BeachApproximately 50 of those volunteers get to work up-close with the pilots to help get the balloons in the air. These volunteers are called crew members. Crew members are a vital part of making sure the Gulf Coast Ho...
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Pilot killed by airplane propeller was repair ace and hot...

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Pilot killed by airplane propeller was repair ace and hot air balloonistMLive.comVICKSBURG, MI -- The pilot who was tragically killed Monday while trying to start the engine of a small plane was known in the local flying community for the work he did on aircraft and as a balloon pilot. Michael We...
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The U.S. Appears To Be Stuck In A Hot Air Balloon Economy...

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Seeking AlphaThe U.S. Appears To Be Stuck In A Hot Air Balloon Economy ...Seeking AlphaThe interplay between debt and income can be a difficult thing to understand. Here is a useful analogy. Imagine a hot air balloon lying on the ground, preparing ...and more »
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Photographer Captures the Most Breathtaking Hot Air Ballo...

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Reader's DigestPhotographer Captures the Most Breathtaking Hot Air Balloon Shots You'll Ever SeeReader's DigestHot air balloon rides are a major tourist attraction in Cappadocia, a region in Turkey, and photographer Kristina Makeeva wasn't about to miss out on a colorful photo op. She boa...
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Hot air balloon lands in Goa village, creates panic among...

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Hindustan TimesHot air balloon lands in Goa village, creates panic among residents ...Hindustan TimesAccording to Tiger Balloon Safari, the landing was normal and there was nothing to panic about.and more »
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Hunting feral hogs from hot air balloons, plus more inter...

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Hunting feral hogs from hot air balloons, plus more interesting bills ...Community Impact NewspaperMar 22, 2017: Thousands of bills have been filed in the Texas Legislature this session related to the state's transportation, education and health care needs.and more »
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Investigation into deadly SA-area balloon crash shows FAA...

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mySanAntonio.comInvestigation into deadly SA-area balloon crash shows FAA did nothing to improve safetymySanAntonio.com@MikeSington: "The final pictures taken by passengers on board the doomed Texas hot air balloon." @MikeSington: "The final pictures taken by passengers on board the d...
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