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The History of Hot Air Balloons

Laurie Givin - Friday, August 19, 2016
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Brian's Trip to Phoenix: Certifying New Hot Air Balloon Pilots

Laurie Givin - Tuesday, April 12, 2016



This last week, Phoenix, AZ was filled with hot air balloon students looking to take their private and commercial check rides. Although there are hundreds of FAA examiners licensed to provide check rides for airplane pilots, very few are certified to be a flight examiner for hot air balloon pilots. In the western half of the United States, there are only two-- one in California and one in Utah. Brian Trapp, a dedicated examiner from Ohio, traveled to Phoenix to give check rides for five students. Brian has over 4,500 hours in balloons, and has been flying since 1983.  Read More

The Best & Worst Weather for Hot Air Balloons

Laurie Givin - Thursday, January 28, 2016

Before we fly our majestic, floating giants, we always check on the weather. And we mean ALWAYS. The weather is THE most important factor when it comes to flying a hot air balloon because the safety of our riders and pilots come first!  Read More

The Lowdown on Hot Air Balloons

Laurie Givin - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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What Happens After A Hot Air Balloon Ride?

Laurie Givin - Thursday, October 29, 2015
There is a long standing tradition in ballooning that after the flight the passengers and crew have a reception and enjoy some Champagne. There is actually a reason behind this that dates back to the 1780s, when the first balloon flights were staged. Read More

Hot Air Balloon Advertising

Laurie Givin - Monday, September 14, 2015

Hot Air Balloon Events in Ohio

Laurie Givin - Friday, August 28, 2015
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Ballooning As A Sport?

Laurie Givin - Friday, August 14, 2015

Get this, hot air ballooning is actually a sport! And a popular one at that!! A lot of balloonists compete in races and try to outdo each other on speed records and duration distances. For example: fastest speed achieved in a balloon and longest duration in the air in a balloon. Read More

5 Strange Hot Air Balloon Facts

Laurie Givin - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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First Timer Tips

Laurie Givin - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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