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Indianola Targets GPX

Looking to find a way to have this file available, coverted, or just taught how to convert this inormation t a .rmap file. It seems that with two nav it is the only option for the Android system.
Does someone actually have the coordinates to all the indianola targets also for GPS input.

BluTFull

BluTFull

 

Safety Seminar

We recently competed our first safety seminar in Las Vegas. We received great input and are looking at our second seminar tentatively scheduled in Sept. Please let us know if you are interested or want further information

Kevin Cloney

Kevin Cloney

 

Fact Of The Week 11/2/15

Time for the fact of the week!
The military world was forever changed when 300 years of island security was over with the silent flight of German Zeppelins across the English Channel during World War I. The Zeppelins were gunned down by inexperienced pilots flying untried aircraft. The Zeppelins dropped bombs over the English Island, introducing an alarming new element to the first world war.
Learn more in the book "The Zeppelin Fighters" by Arch Whitehouse, available to read in the Balloon Museum Library!

BeckyW

BeckyW

 

The Italia Over The Pole

Throughout the years there have been many attempts to research and fly or visit the North Pole. The pole has always held a certain fascination with the human species. In the late 19th century there was a great race to see what craft and which direction was the best and fastest to get to the north pole while still surviving the harsh climate. Unfortunately multiple lessons were learned the hard way- including a lesson on ballooning in the arctic. Of the 1,000 people that tried to reach the North Pole in the late 1800's, only 249 survived according NPR's "Lesson Learned: Don't Fly to North Pole in a Balloon". That's less than 1/4 of the explorers.   Among these explorers was one S.A. Andree. In 1897, along with 2 crewmen, Andree took flight about 600 miles from the North Pole. He had believed that with "drag ropes" he could steer, much like the concept of steering a sailboat. The drag ropes would create enough resistance that they would be going slower than the wind and hence be able to steer the craft.   At the start of the flight the ropes became entangled, and then they got untangled, and then they fell. Andree and the crew had lost their method of steering the aircraft. Andree and his two crewmen became the first men ever to be lost in the air.   Thirty-three years later the skeletons of Andree and his crewmen were found on a Swedish island in the arctic by sealing sloops. In a book written by Alec Wilkinson, Andree's experience is described in detail. They had found Andree's journal, notes of the journey in air as well as on foot, and some undeveloped film in a tin can. There is much speculation to this day as to the cause of deaths, however the skeletons were cremated soon after their discovery.   Now it's 85 years since their last campsite was found, and 118 years since that fateful day the aircraft left Sweden. Much has changed, balloons have updated, and there have many excursions to the North Pole, but our sense of exploration and adventure has never diminished.

BeckyW

BeckyW

 

A Great Love Affair With Ballooning

The year is 1976 and time again for the Indiana State Fair. It’s on his way to work that Gary Tarter Sr. sees a balloon out flying.
Three hours later and Tarter Sr. finds himself at the landing zone, invited to attend the flights that weekend, and looking forward to flying in his first hot air balloon.   Three months later Gary had bought his own balloon. At that point on he never stopped flying.
“He loved it as much the day he died as when he first started,” claimed Gary Tarter Jr.   “I thought it’d be like a passing fancy, but no,” recalled Linda Tarter, wife of Gary Tarter Sr. and mother of Gary Tarter Jr.   Unlike many balloon enthusiasts, Tarter Sr. had a full time job and was only able to balloon on the weekends.
Tarter Sr. looked forward to being retired and flying in his balloon whenever he wanted.   Albuquerque, NM and Forest Park, MO were among Tarter Sr.’s favorite locations to fly.
In almost every location that the Tarter family flew there was a crew waiting for them, welcoming them back like family.   Tarter Sr. was an easy-going captain, one of the reasons all of his crews loved to fly with him.
There was a good reason for that easy-going demeanor: he loved flying.   “This was his salvation,” reflected Tarter Jr. “To see my dad so happy and have that life that he always wanted up until his very last day was the best part.”   Since age nine Tarter Jr. had grown up with ballooning.
He looked forward to weekends of ballooning because that’s when he’d get to see and play with his friends.   “We’d tell my son we were going to a ballooning race or event,” said Linda Tarter, “and he’d say “Who’s going to be there?””   Families knew each other, the children played together, and the Tarter family loved the atmosphere it created.
It was and is truly a tight knit family event, and something that Gary Tarter Sr. enjoyed until the day he died.

BeckyW

BeckyW

 

On The Road At O'dark Thirty.

We leave in the morning! Packing for two weeks, cleaning the truck, Oil Change, Tire Rotation, Balance, 3400 boxes for the apartment. Pots, Pans, Paper towels, toilet paper, garbage can and bags.. We also bring the big Tent/Awning we use at Jules, Card Printer, GoPro cameras, Logos and vinyl for Tyler’s Trailer, Luggage, Radio’s, Helium Tank, Balloons, Compass, Download the Competition map… Lawn mowed, Dogs to the vet for Boarding, OMG OMG we have been at this for two weeks getting ready and tomorrow we leave.   4 am we hit the road! We will be at Jules house on Thursday afternoon. When we get to Jules we have to set up the Awning. Then put the war paint on Tyler's trailer. Logos and balloons.

I also have an Inflation Fan for Tyler, It is buried under all sorts of stuff.     Jeff

CaptJeff

CaptJeff

 

We Got Shirts!

We have new uniform shirts to wear for the Classic. Apparently my nephew Tyler would not wear his uniform shirt because it said Ground Crew on it.   He received his pilots certificate last fall. Wont he be surprised when we show up with a whole new set of shirts for him that say Capt. Tyler Thompson... We also got his soon to be wife a set that say Crew Chief. Can not wait to present him with them. More later.

CaptJeff

CaptJeff

 

Getting Prepaired

Where to start. Truck oil change, Tire rotate an ballance, GPS files, maps, radios, Chargers, Tent, Fan, and on and on and on.   Both my wife Gina and I have been making lists of items we must remember to take. This will be a three thousand mile trip over 13 days with three children in tow. This is only the first of many entries in this blog. Stay tuned for more and some fantastic balloon photos as well.   Jeff

CaptJeff

CaptJeff

 

Slowly but Surely

http://hotairballoonist.com/forum/index.php?/files/file/50-%7B?%7D/

So what do I have to do? I have created a site that has a thousand things to offer to the world of ballooning. Sales, Blogs, photo galleies, member information, contact information, maps, festivals, The list goes on and on...

And yet trying to get people to become members is like pulling teeth. If a ride operator sells just one ride a year they have paid for thier membership. Balloon festivals can upload all thier documents and save the entire cost of membership in postage alone and that does not count labor!

and on and on.....

I have built something that anyone would call impressive...... Imagine what I can do if I had some financial support from members????


Join today. It's cheap. Get your friends to join and your crew to join and you mother. Help me make this thing into the best resource for ballooning on the web.

hotairballoonist

hotairballoonist

 

Hidden on this Site!!! PLEASE READ!!

I was digging around on the site and found that Jeff is trying to raise donations to assist balloon events with Markers. If you go to the contact us link at the bottom of the page it will take you to some links. On of them is donate!!   Great cause that will help ballooning!! Help Jeff make another 1600 markers to be donated!!!   Oh by the way I am sure that it has not been cheap to build and maintain this web site but Jeff has done it on his own and out of his own pocket so that balloonist have a place on the web to call their own! Just saying!

Jthompson44

Jthompson44

 

Impala Project

Over the last 10 years my wife an I have both dealt with and Survived Cancer. This was very distructive to our finances. We have a wonderful Daughter Ryleigh that is working hard to earn enough money to get a 1967 Impala that she want to rebuild with me. This site was set up to try and find a way to help her get there a bit quciker as we do not have the financial ability to assist her.       http://www.gofundme.com/7d2658      

Jthompson44

Jthompson44

 

Weather Page.

When I go out to fly in the mornings I look at a bunch of weather stuff. I am trying to build a page on this site that will have all that weather information in one spot.   The goal is to have one page that will automatically detect where you are and load all the weather you need in one spot. The trick is getting the information to all load from many different sources onto one page. The other bit of code we need to figure out is how the user can choose their own source.   Let me explain how the auto detect works. Say your internet provider is located in a large city like Des Moines Iowa. And you are located in Ankeny Iowa. The auto detect will think you are in Des Moines because that is where your service originates from. So it may not give you the exact weather you want to see. So we must build into the code a way for the user to select their own weather source.   Here is a link to the temporary Mock up Weather Page.   Well I have outlined what we want for a weather page and have some code writing geeks trying to figure out if we can indeed do what i want to do. If we can it will be a one stop shop for getting a great idea if you are going to get a flight in.

hotairballoonist

hotairballoonist

 

Building Hot Air Balloonist

From time to time I bang my head against the desk wondering just what it is I have done. Today is one of those days.   Member map is not working and the only way I have found to get it to run is by opening a Firefox browser and clicking on member map. Then when the pop up windows open telling me a script can not run I select do not tell me again and stop script. After three windows have popped up and I have dismissed them the map works? I hope the developer comes up with a fix soon. The Member Map is one of the best features on the site.

hotairballoonist

hotairballoonist

 

Enough is enough, Damn it!

Are we nuts? Honestly!   Why would you fly a passenger for someone else for anything less than what you would normally charge?   You work hard for every penny you get. Why should anyone else earn money for your efforts?   Sky Ride, Thrilliant, Bilateral, Spot Reservations Gadzuk, Any of these names ring a bell?   There are many operators (like me) who have lost thousands of dollars, in fact I would easily believe ten's of thousands on these guys.   Just don't do it. Honestly. When they call me I am full. No room Sorry, The only way they can stay in business is if someone will fly their people. Don't!!!!!!   Fly your people and the prospective passengers will have only one choice. Fly with the people who own and operate the balloon.   Recently on HotAirBalloonist.com we have started to offer Balloon Ride Gift Certificates. We do this because we are selling them at a rate where we can pay the operator who takes the passenger their FULL RATE. That is how we believe it should be done. Yes there is a market for Gift Certificates where the passenger does not know where he or she wants to fly. Yes we need a national ticket seller of some kind. Shouldn't it be one of US? Should it not be a balloon pilot of some kind?   If you are reading this and want to help please become a member of this site. Every dollar helps us take out the middle man and promote the real balloonist's   Thanks

hotairballoonist

hotairballoonist

 

Best BALLOONING Website

Show some support for this FABULOUS ballooning website. Spread the word and share this website whereever and to whomever you can. Anyone involved with ballooning should be a member. It is beyond informative and has anything you need to know about ballooning, whether your a student pilot and need guidence, a pilot looking for balloon festivals, looking for sale items, or manufacturers, and repair stations etc. This site is so full of information and it continues to grow. As a ballooning community, this is the perfect place to socialize and catch up with fellow balloonists, or to get involved with the ballooning community. Keep the ballooning world informed, and continue to spread the knowledge of this great sport. HOTAIRBALLLOONIST.COM       Gina Thompspon
 

Hidden on this Site!!! PLEASE READ!!

I was digging around on the site and found that Jeff is trying to raise donations to assist balloon events with Markers. If you go to the contact us link at the bottom of the page it will take you to some links. On of them is donate!!   Great cause that will help ballooning!! Help Jeff make another 1600 markers to be donated!!!   Oh by the way I am sure that it has not been cheap to build and maintain this web site but Jeff has done it on his own and out of his own pocket so that balloonists have a place on the web to call their own! Just saying!

Jthompson44

Jthompson44

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