8 Reasons Why the Hot Air Balloons Didn’t Fly at the Festival

It’s a beautiful day for a hot air balloon festival, but suddenly, the announcer comes over the loudspeaker and says that the balloons, unfortunately, will not be flying. The safety officer issued a no-go. But why? The most common reasons no-goes are issued is wind or storms; however, there is also fog, ground condition, and … More 8 Reasons Why the Hot Air Balloons Didn’t Fly at the Festival

Why that WASN’T a Hot Air Balloon Crash

When asked what she wished more people knew about hot air ballooning, long time pilot Shannon Rote responded, “When a balloon comes down, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s crashing.” It’s common for people to think that a balloon is crashing because they are landing somewhere that’s not an airport, the basket has tipped over or … More Why that WASN’T a Hot Air Balloon Crash

Interview With Hot Air Ballon Pilot Shannon Rote

I thought I would take a break from more instructional posts and give you a chance to meet an actual pilot. Shannon Rote, from Northeast Ohio, has worked with hot air balloons for 36 years. She’s competed in festivals all around America, including Women’s Nationals where she placed 5th. How did you get started with … More Interview With Hot Air Ballon Pilot Shannon Rote

When Do Balloons Fly?

You love balloons. Somehow, though, your always hear about flights after they happen. So here’s a quick guide to the best times to see hot air balloons. But, do hot air balloons fly in every season? Of course, there are weather concerns, ground conditions, and other factors that determine whether there will be a flight … More When Do Balloons Fly?