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Frederick In Flight is coming together

Invites are out for Frederick In Flight out of Frederick, CO.   We have changed the dates for this event.  Last year, the event took place in September and got weathered out.  This year, the town of Frederick wanted to do something to kick off summer, and what better way to do that than bring out a bunch of balloonists and parachutists.   We are planning to fly the weekend of June 25th  & 26th and take up some parachutists to jump out of a few balloons.  Still offering all the perks as before; travel money, motel, dinner on Friday, propane for all the flights, and a glow.   This is a great flying area with lots of open areas for landing.   If you haven’t received an invite, let me know and I’ll get one out to you.  Go to www.lifecycleballoons.com and click on the contact us tab.

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The Cheyenne Safetfy Seminar was great!

We  attended the Cheyenne Hot Air Balloon Club Safety Seminar a couple of weekends ago and really thought it was great.  This is the best hot air balloon safety seminar venue I have attended over the years.  As hot air balloon pilots, we need to attend an annual seminar rewviewing safety procedures.   This can be kinda dry and boring, but the Cheyenne group does a very nice job of making the topics of pilot decision making, weather, federal aviation regulations, repair & maintenance, and so on kind of interesting for an eight hour session.  Plus we get a chance to catch up with and talk with old friends.  We had a nice after seminar chili dinner and party at 2-Tall’s and Roxie’s home in Cheyenne.

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Going to Albuquerque for a student check flight!

We have a student pilot ready to do his check flight with a pilot examiner.  We are going to Albuquerque this weekend for his oral and flight exams.  I am very optimistic he will do well.  He has flown very well in our training flights and knows his FAR’s (Federal Aviation Regulations), map reading, air space, and all the other things the FAA requires.

We are meeting up with several friends in Albuquerque and a will have a several of us flying this Saturday.  The weather looks good and we are  looking forward to a fun weekend.

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New dates for the Frederick Hot Air Balloon Rally

The Frederick hot air balloon rally, known as Miners Day held in September, has been changed to Frederick In Flight and schedulded for June 25th and 26th.   The dates have changed but all the great perks remain.  Not only a great flying area, we still have a great pilot/crew/sponsor dinner at the golf course on Friday.  Motel & travel money for the pilots, refundable entry fee, propane, champagne, and a great party.  We are planning to have parachutists, a balloon glow, and the town is working on getting the restaurants to offer pilots & crews greatly discounted breakefast and dinner coupons.

Michael Gianetti will be your Balloonmeister again this year.  Invitations will be out to pilots in a couple of days.  We look forward to seeing at Frederick in the Air.  Updates will be available soon at http://www.lifecycleballoons.com

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Events for Life Cycle Balloon Adventures

Life Cycle Hot Air Balloon Adventures is planning a busy flying season. 

We start out the season by attending an annual hot air balloon safety seminar in Cheyenne Wyoming February 26th.  Balloon pilots & crews attend an annual review of safety procedures.

May 20th, 21st, & 22nd we will be flying at the Erie Town Fair as the official hot air balloon ride operator.  Visit www.lifecycleballoons.comfor more information about the balloon flights…. found at the bottom of our home page.   I will also be the balloonmeister for the event.

June 18th & 19th, The South Park Hot Air Balloon Flyout.  An annual gathering of balloonists flying in this beautiful Colorado mountain valley to celebrate Fathers Day.  Life Cycle Hot Air Balloon Adventures will be offering hot air balloon flights that weekend. 

June 25th & 26th, Frederick in Flight.  The town of Frederick celebrates summer with a hot air balloon launch.   Contact Life Cycle Hot Air Balloon Adventures for information on balloon flights from this event.  I am the balloonmeister for this event as well.

July 9th Rythmn on the River in Longmont, Colorado.  An annual Arts and Crafts exhibition and hot air balloon launch. 

July 15th thru 17th we will be attending the Riverton Hot Air Balloon Rendezvous in Riverton, Wyoming. 

July 19th thru 24th we will be in Casper, Wyoming.  We are offering hot air balloon rides in Casper Tue thru Fri, and flying the Casper Hot Air Balloon Roundup for the weekend.

August 20th & 21st is our Umteenth Annual South Park end of Summer Flyout Fling and BBQ.  This is our annual end of summer of flying in the mountains celebration.  Life Cycle Hot Air Balloon Adventures is the official ride operator for this event.

September 17th is the Frederick Miners Day Hot Air Balloon Lift to celebrate Frederick’s mining heritage.

October 1st thru 9th we will be contracting to fly hot air balloon rides from the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Watch our blog for updates and more information about these events.  You can always contact by visiting our website at www.lifecycleballoons.com and go the contact us page.

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Official Hot Air Balloon Ride Operator for the Erie Town Fair

Life Cycle Balloon Adventures has been selected as the Official Hot Air Balloon Ride Operator for the Erie Town Fair.  The fair is scheduled for May 20th, 21st & 22nd in Erie, Colorado.  This year, the Erie Town Fair would like to offer the opportunity for the public to fly during their event.  Flights may be scheduled by contacting Life Cycle Balloon Adventures. 

Visit http://www.lifecycleballoons.com for more information and call 303-216-1990 to schedule your flight.  We look forward to flying with you.

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New Balloonmeister for Erie Town Fair Hot Air Balloon Rally

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Happy New Year!

A nice Christmas Eve Flight

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas season, a safe and fun New Year celebration and is now settling into the new year.  We certainly are looking forward to a great new year with many activities in the works along with a couple of new events. 

Meanwhile, we have enjoyed some very nice balloon flying weather in December.  We had a great flight on Christmas Eve with almost spring-like weather.   It was fun flying with our santa hats as we came in for a landing behind the Home Depot in Longmont, CO.  We caught the attention of all the last minute Christmas shoppers as they watched us come in.  The kids were so excited as they dragged their parents from shopping to come and watch. 

We also flew with a couple that came out from Kansas just to fly with us.  This was a dream of theirs and Mother Nature was very cooperative in providing them a most awesome day to fly that week after Christmas.  

Our Passengers and Crew after our Dec 28th Flight

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Ballooning

Ballooning,

I remember how unique and special it was when I saw my first balloon and thought it would be so great to be able to chase one.  As it turned out, it is a lot of fun to chase balloons and be around balloon people.  I have met so many wonderful people since I have been involved in ballooning over the past 25 years.  Some of these people have stayed with me in ballooning and others shared the experience of ballooning with and have moved on.  The thrill of the flight, the joy of the experience, and smile on their faces after the flight with the memories they will take with them has been special for me over the years. 

I love to fly.  I love the challenge of flying and of being in control of the flight.  Every flight is an opportunity to improve my skills and hopefully share what I know with others.  Of course the parties with friends, crew, and passengers is a mainstay of ballooning.  Ballooning is a very social activity and has allowed me to make so many wonderful and unique friends that I otherwise would have never met.  Ballooning has opened my life to more than I could have ever imagined.  I am completely addicted to the sport… its not something I do, it’s a lifestyle.

-Michael-

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It’s been a busy summer

It has been a busy summer and I haven’t had any time to write lately.  Anyway, we enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day weekend flying balloons in South Park in June.

Flying in South Park Fathers Day weekend

In July we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Riverton Rendevouz Balloon Rally in Riverton, Wy.  We had the privelege to fly with some wonderful sponsors from 1st Interstate Bank and the Central Wyoming College student senate.

Flying the students from CWC

 

Our Sponsor from 1st Interstate Bank

We are planning for another South Park weekend coming up Aug 21st & 22nd and the Frederick Miners Day Balloon Rally Sept 18th & 19th.  After that, we will be heading to Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta from Oct 2nd thru the 10th flying hot air balloon rides with Rainbow Ryders.

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