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"Don't Forget Your Boarding Pass"

By now you've surely realized that Lighter Than Airway isn't actually an airline, and we aren't really in the business of selling balloon flights.  However, the LTAirway team is comprised of several commercially rated pilots in the Topeka and Kansas City areas that do sell balloon rides via their own businesses and on their own terms.  If you are interested in a hot air balloon ride in Topeka or northeastern Kansas you can find information on the LTAirway team below and contact the individual pilots if you are interested in purchasing a flight.

We are also familiar with pilots all across the country, so if you would like a recommendation for a flight in another area please contact us and we will try to put you in touch with a reputable pilot in another area.


Lighter Than Airway

Pilot: Tony Goodnow

Flights offered in:  Topeka / NE Kansas

In 2007  Tony became the 3rd Goodnow to earn their pilot's certificate, preceded by his mother Connie, and his father Jerry.  He grew up around ballooning, crewing with his family as much as possible and taking his first balloon ride at age 2, beginning his flight training at age 14, and making his first solo flight at age 16. 

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Breaking Dawn Balloon Flights

Pilot: Lori Hutchinson

Flights offered in:  Bonner Springs / NE Kansas

Lori earned her Private Pilotís License in September of 2011..and then went on to earn her Commercial Pilotís License in August of 2013.  She is a second generation pilot, her father Danny was a Private Pilot in the 80ís and early 90ís.

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Kansas City Aerosports

Pilot: Chris & Amanda Sabia

Flights offered in:  Overland Park / NE Kansas

A family balloon ride for his father's birthday in 1988 was all it took to get Chris hooked on ballooning. After crewing for several years he set his sights higher and earned both his hot air balloon and fixed wing pilot's certificates. Soon after, he began flying for several corporate balloon programs including Coca-Cola, Kellogg's, and RE/MAX.

Amanda, a real estate agent, was offered a flight with Chris in the RE/MAX balloon in 1999, and they have been together ever since a second flight later that year.  Amada discovered that she too had a passion for ballooning and earned her pilot's certificate and they have spent the years since traveling the country with different balloon programs, as well as offering balloon rides and selling real estate in the Kansas City area.

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Wild Tiger Aerosports

Pilot: Brian Carlson

Flights offered in:  Topeka / NE Kansas





Coming Soon: Balloon Ride Information

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**A hot air balloon ride is a once in a lifetime experience for most people, and if you are considering purchasing a flight please visit this link and take a few minutes to make yourself aware of some things to watch out for before making your purchase.


We are members of the Great Plains Balloon Club, a group of ballooning enthusiasts who share a passion for the sport and encourage anyone interested in ballooning to get involved and keep the true spirit of ballooning alive and well.  We also believe that maintaining an active membership in the Balloon Federation of America, a unified voice representing balloonists across the U.S., is a vital step to keep ballooning as an activity that can be experienced by people from all walks of life.

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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