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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.

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Heritage Balloon Festival

McArthur

OK before you read the details of this event, click the "about us" link on your left. May 11 and 12 Now check out this link and location: https://www.facebook.com/events/199880147437095/ as of 3/9/19 this link has last year's info. Check back or drill down for 2019 info. Also look at last year's Meet-Up, description and gallery. [masked], [masked] enter coordinates to google maps, McArthur, CA. The launch site was at the baseball diamond at the west end of Oak st. This is the second year of a new event. Besides ballooning, there will be BBQ dinners and Dutch Oven cooking demos, music, dancing, raffles and a pie auction. Last year I won a spotting scope in the raffle. The area is steeped in history of gold, lumbering and agriculture. Plenty to do and see. Last year on Sat the crew visited and hiked at Burney Falls. Beautiful. We also brought along kayaks and paddled Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park on a beautiful Sunday. We might try that again This is one of my favorite places for kayaking beauty. Check this out, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=464 This is just two miles from the balloon site. The views from McArthur and Big Lake includes Mt. Shasta (47mi NW) and Mt. Lassen (39mi S). This is a beautiful area and I look forward to flying there again. Hopefully both days. Lots of ways to visit and stay. The crew and myself all lodged at the Himont motel in Fall River. Fall River is just about 4 miles from the launch field in McArthur. There are also some very nice resorts along the "Fall River" and motels in Fall River and McArthur. So let me know if you are interested in coming up to take part. Again, any or all days should be some good flying fun. This is a sponsored event. My balloon ride obligations will be to the event. I'll be assigned some locals to ride. We'll meet and make new friends. Given all that, "Watch This Space" We'll be having flights at Lincoln as soon as the weather settles towards spring and some of the massive puddles/ponds in Placer county dry out.

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Let's Fly! First of 2019

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