The sport of hot air ballooning is one of the most beautiful, exciting, and challenging endeavors I know. Every flight is a different experience. Ballooning is "weather dependent" and the flying season runs from spring into the fall. Balloons fly soon after sunrise so it's an early sport (come watch the sunrise). We are usually done by 10 or 11 a.m. (sometimes earlier) so the rest of your day is free.
Hot air balloons are aircraft and are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). I am a pilot licensed by the FAA. As a private pilot (versus "commercial") I do not charge a fee for rides. However, I do ask that folks RSVP and then show up for 3 events to learn and appreciate all that the sport entails. After 3, you officially qualify as "crew" and are eligible for a no fee ride. No prior experience is necessary. As the pilot, I am responsible for crew training.
We all work together for a common goal. The contribution of each crew member is personal, unique, and valuable. It is a collaberative work/play environment. There is physical work (individual challenges can be accommodated).
Ballooning is intellectual and spiritual. It's mechanical and serene. It is sometimes fast. It is sometimes leisurely. It takes focus and concentration.
All that said, the overriding goal is to HAVE FUN! (and meet new, like-minded people)
If this all sounds appealing, come on out. See if you like it.
Let's get together and play with my beautiful balloon!
Dec 3, 2016 · 8:00 AM
Mid-Winter, Mid-Morning flight
As of now, wind and weather WX, forecasts for Sat morning look good to fly.
Meet time is 8:00 AM at the Lincoln Airport. Yes that is about an hour after sunrise. Late... Learn more
Sep 24, 2016 · 6:45 AM
Student Flight Time
Alright, Student Time again. As of now, wind and weather WX, forecasts for Sat morning look good to fly.
Meet time is 6:45 AM at the Lincoln Airport.
My student, and... Learn more
Sep 8, 2016 · 5:30 AM
FLY IN RENO, RENO!!
The GREAT RENO BALLOON RACES are coming Sept. 8-11. I will be flying (weather permitting) all four mornings. Thurs. Sept. 8th is "Media Day". There will likely be about... Learn more
Jul 23, 2016 · 5:30 AM
Student Flight Time
OK The Delta Breezes are going away. We should be able to fly this Sat. No Delta Breeze means HOTTER weather. We want to start early, before the heat.
Meet time is 5:... Learn more
Jun 19, 2016 · 5:45 AM
Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic
Greetings everyone. Here is a chance to see and take part in a balloon rally in the wine country. I will have some local crew provided by the event, so I'll limit how... Learn more