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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
September 28, 2011
Passengers: Brian Little, Rosita Cornejo

We are into fall for sure and today is a prime example. I meet Cecil at site ‘C’ and we kick out a pi-ball and as suspected the upper winds are FAST so we will move to the north site as I call the passengers and give them the word. When we get to the airport I’m happy to see the “sock” is drooping so we get to work on the balloon so we can get up & down before the upper winds settle to the surface which will happen this time of year. The balloon is standing and I call for the passengers to board. After the briefing and radio check we are off the tarmac and catch the drift to the south. Down low the speed is not bad about 5/8 MPH but I go a bit higher and find in just a few hundred feet the speed doubles. To keep it slower I drop down again and we are over the pit now operated by Knife River. We will spend a large part of the flight out in farm country with orchards, some row crops and a lot of newly plowed land ready for winter rains. I’m keeping us as low as I can when the guys catch up with us on the edge of Keizer. We cut across the edge of Keizer Station and now I have to worry about crossing I-5 so I drop down over the Little League fields for a wind check and the drop gives me enough push to the west to set up a shot at Kennedy School. I have to jump up over the trees to the north of the school which will make a great “wind shadow” for the shot as the fog is moving in fast and time to park. I get us over the trees and the guys are in place when we get to the field and drop in at about 5MPH. There is still a push on the ground so we do a walk-out tip over and all are safe on the ground. We get the deflate started, the tagging is done and we have the “bag sit” as the children are having fun on the schools track. We load up and head back to the airport for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

Rosita: “Flying in a hot air balloon has been on my ‘bucket list’ for a very long time; I was suppose to do this 5yrs. Ago for my 50th birthday & now I finally did it! This Jersey girl did her first ride in Oregon!”
Brian: “A wonderful experience, I can’t wait to do it again!”

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

Average Speed: 8.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 5.3 Miles

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