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The Science behind a good envelope bag!

May 05 2017 06:16 PM | HotAirBalloonist in Equipment

Believe it or not there is some very well thought out science behind a good balloon envelope storage bag.
Factory balloon bags are horrible. They spend a large amount of time engineering the balloon, basket, burner and instruments and then stick the balloon in a one size fits all type of bag. Generally the bag is oversized because as we all know when a balloon is new it is completely air tight and is hard to get all the air out of it. In fact I believe the coating they spray on the inside of the fabric has some sort of air generating compound in it.

 



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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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Ballooning in the Headlines

Hot air balloon crashes just after Alberta man proposes |...

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NBC4i.comHot air balloon crashes just after Alberta man proposes | NBC4i.comNBC4i.comEDMONTON, ALBERTA (WCMH) — Love is often said to make you feel like you're floating on air, but one couple's romantic proposal came crashing down.Hot air balloon crashes after couple get engaged - WAFB 9...
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Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloons Saturday May 27th - AL.com

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AL.comAlabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloons Saturday May 27thAL.comA huge crowd turned out Saturday morning for the opening day of the 40th Annual Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic at Point Mallard in Decatur, Alabama. The predicted thunderstorms did not show but unfortunately strong prevailing...
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Goodnight Gracie hot-air balloon makes Frankenmuth backya...

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MLive.comGoodnight Gracie hot-air balloon makes Frankenmuth backyard ...MLive.comBut as long as she was in the neighborhood, the hot-air balloon pilot decided to drop in on a Frankenmuth neighborhood Saturday night during the "Balloons ...PHOTOS: 11th annual Balloons Over Bavarian Inn (F...
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Texas Lawmakers Legalize Hunting Hogs From Hot Air Balloo...

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San Antonio CurrentTexas Lawmakers Legalize Hunting Hogs From Hot Air BalloonsSan Antonio CurrentThat's probably because it's illegal — but also because absolutely no one hunts hogs from hot air balloons. It seems to be an idea Keough basically invented himself. The bill provides no infor...
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Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival rescheduled for July -...

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The TennesseanFranklin Hot Air Balloon Festival rescheduled for JulyThe TennesseanAfter a weather-related cancellation in May, organizers have rescheduled the Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival in the Westhaven neighborhood. The second annual event will now take place on July 29. Those who bought...
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Alabama Jubilee returns to Decatur for hot air balloon fu...

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whnt.comAlabama Jubilee returns to Decatur for hot air balloon funwhnt.comDECATUR, Ala. – The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic returns to the Tennessee Valley for its 40th year. The Memorial Day Weekend event has hot air balloon races, an evening glow and fun for the whole family. The jubi...
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Live music, shopping, food start at WRAL Balloon Fest - W...

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WRAL.comLive music, shopping, food start at WRAL Balloon FestWRAL.comFuquay-Varina, N.C. — After some brief drizzle, the four-day WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival returned Sunday with warm temperatures and pleasantly breezy skies. The drizzle postponed the early morning hot air balloon flights sched...
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Petition calls for stronger oversight of hot air balloons...

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mySanAntonio.comPetition calls for stronger oversight of hot air balloons after deadly crash near LockhartmySanAntonio.comhttp://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Petition-calls-for-stronger-oversight-of-hot-air-11156226.php. Petition calls for stronger oversight of hot air balloons after d...
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Paid to have fun: Pilots soar, share at WRAL Freedom Ball...

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WRAL.comPaid to have fun: Pilots soar, share at WRAL Freedom Balloon ...WRAL.comMark MacSkimming spends about 12 weekends a year traveling the United States with his crew and the Movin' Magic balloon.and more »
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Dogs, hot air balloons to take over Frankenmuth during Do...

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WDIV DetroitDogs, hot air balloons to take over Frankenmuth during Dog...WDIV DetroitFRANKENMUTH, Mich. - Dogs and hot air balloons both come to Frankenmuth on May 27-28 for the 2017 Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn. The weekend will include 29 dog events, 22 events for pets to participate...
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