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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
November 24, 2010
Passengers: The “Sisters” Kat Ems, Leslie Ems-Walker, Stephanie Ems-McClung, with Kris Walker & Lyle Covino

Today we have a belated Birthday flight for Kathy, “Kat” who is out of the “City by the Bay”. Her family is up here in Salem and she is here for a “family meal” tomorrow (turkey day) and this ride is off her “30 things to do after 30” list. That is kind of like a Bucket List but with an earlier start date, smart girl do it while you are young and healthy. I call for our site in east Salem as the forecast is for Light & variable at about 3 from the east. We have had snow earlier this week and we in Salem were on the southern edge of the storm so most of the area just got “dusted” so the parking lot at the school is dry enough for us to get the balloon out and prepped in the dry. The fact that the air temperature was 17 degrees helped keep any moisture in the “ice cube” form. We all look like penguins with all the layers that we have on but we get the balloon out and ready for the passengers to board. Good thing I added some pressure as the flame is still low when we lift off the lot and into the “cold” morning air. We get a bit of a hook off the lot to the south as we head off the school and park. As cold as it is even with a 5 passenger load it doesn’t take much heat to get some altitude quickly. At about a thousand feet we track back over the school and head north. We head north for a bit then cross the I-5 and swing toward the fairgrounds. That would make a great LZ today but we are only into the flight for about 30 minutes and would make for “unhappy” group I think. We proceed on and I drop lower for a direction change and spot the LZ for today, an open field we use on occasion off D street. I need to work the winds a bit as I have a right low and a nice left a bit higher. The “gang” gets in the field and we are down to about 1-2 MPH as I work us over the trees and set the shot into the gang. We are on the ground and have lots of “lookie-loos” as D street is busy east/west feed road. We get the balloon deflated and the top is popular as the air on that end is about 160 degrees. Time to bag up the Starship and get us on the road to a warm restaurant and the party.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

A BIG thank you to today’s Crew (I can’t get in the air or back on the ground without’um)
Jan, Cecil, Tim

TRACK
Flight Time: 1 hour 14 minutes
Average Speed: 3.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 4.2 Miles

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