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"Flight Tracking"


In ballooning, the pilot controls the up and down.  Mother Nature controls the forwards, backwards, left, right, and speed.

Balloons fly with the wind currents and those currents are constantly changing and often unpredictable.  Most flights will offer a fairly consistent direction near ground level and a slightly different, but fairly consistent direction at altitude.  Some flights offer the unexpected.

Balloon pilots are required to get a weather briefing prior to each flight, and we use that information to help us determine where our launch site will be.  We chose an area of town that would be suitable for landing and then, based on the forecasted wind speed and direction, we work backwards to find a launch site that will put us near our desired landing area.  We use the different wind directions at different altitudes to "steer" ourselves to that area.  Sometimes we make it, sometimes we don't, making each and every flight a brand new adventure.

We carry a portable GPS unit on every flight and it records the path that we fly.  Some of those paths are not much more than a straight line, but some offer quite a few unique twists and turns.  If you would like to see what we go through in the course of a flight feel free to visit the links below.  The paths are shown on Google Maps and can be viewed in standard map mode or on a satellite image showing the landscape that we flew over.  If you have flown with us your flight is likely on there, however most of 2012's data was lost after a computer crash.

 

Flights around the Topeka area....

 

2014 Flights

2011 Flights

2008 Flights

2015 Flights

2013 Flights

2010 Flights

2007 Flights

 

2012 Flights

2009 Flights

2006 Flights

 

And those a little farther from home....

Anthony, Kansas

Claremore, Oklahoma

Kansas City, Kansas

Branson, Missouri

Columbus, Kansas

Kansas Flint Hills

Carlisle, Iowa

Garden City, Kansas

Parsons, Kansas

 


 

Click here for another page of maps and other flight information 

 



A special "Thank You" goes out to all of the landowners across the country who allow balloonists to launch and land on their property.  If it wasn't for your hospitality none of this would be possible.  We are at the mercy of the winds and consider ourselves lucky to meet so many wonderful people when we drop in uninvited.  We hope you have had a pleasant experience and have some photos and special stories of your own to share with your friends and families.

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