What we're about
This is a group for anyone interested in Hot Air Balloons. However, PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT DESCRIPTION OF THIS GROUP BEFORE YOU APPLY.
THIS MEETUP IS ABOUT A RECURRING ACTIVITY: it is about building a balloon team, NOT taking a balloon flight once and done. We are not demanding on how often you come, but want people who are truly interested, and we expect some participation. Please don't join the group "just in case" it could be something to do one day.
Ballooning is a fantastic activity and the Pennsylvania countryside both beautiful and very suitable for ballooning. Hot Air Balloons require a team to assemble, chase and eventually pack the balloon. The idea is to get together on weekends and also at the end of week days in the summer, and go fly a balloon when the weather permits.
Members will learn how to crew for a balloon, occasionally fly in the balloon. Those interested in photography will also have great photo ops.
No experience necessary to get started, but
1. Balloons can only fly at sunrise or 2h before sunset, so we meet early (5AM in summer) and members need to have a drivers license and transportation to the meeting point.
2. Since we meet quite early and sometimes we have to cancel at the last minute due to weather, it is strongly suggested for members to be located within 10 miles of Collegeville, PA - please do not apply if you live 30 miles away.
3. Members will need to run, lift and this is a moderately physical activity
Also to be very clear and set expectations:
YOU WILL NOT FLY THE FIRST TIME YOU COME to one of our flights. You will learn how to handle a balloon and follow-it (chase) during the flight. Later on, you will have opportunities to fly.