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Ted Gauthier takes you along for a ride in his balloon from beginning to end.

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This video will take you through the process of setting up, launching, flying and packing up a hot air balloon. Our hope is to give you an inside look on a ride in a hot air balloon.

See the view from the air

FlyBalloons.net pilot Ted Gauthier takes you on journey over the neighborhoods looking from his hot air balloon.

Go For a Ride with Us

This video will take you through the process of setting up, launching, flying and packing up a hot air balloon. Our hope is to give you an inside look on a ride in a hot air balloon.

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Go for a ride over the neighborhoods and enjoy the view.

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Flying In Michigan

The joy of flying hot air balloons in Michigan is highlighted by all the wonderful scenery. There are hundreds of lakes, wildlife and rolling hills.

Events

Check out this Video...Lisle, Illinois  "Eyes to the Skies". This Video will give you an inside look of what it is like to attend a hot air balloon festival.

Events:

Michigan Balloon Challenge: June 23, 24th and 26th. 2017.

 

Balloon Advertising

Advertising on a hot air balloon is a fantastic way to get exposure. Your name is as large as a freeway billboard and can be viewed by thousands of people in your market area.

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Framework

Basket Framework

This project has taught me that this framework is the most imortant part in building a real nice hot air balloon basket. Like any big project, if it is wrong at this step then it will show up everywhere and bug the heck out of you all along the way. Tied to the floor is the wicker bottom frame. This is the heavy rattan that the broomstick uprights are attached to. They are attached with a power stapler and rawhide and then laced through the floor. Each of the wicker upright spokes wrapped around the frame and then returned to the top.

Notice at the top of the frame you can see a few horizontal rattan broomsticks. These were used to attempt to square up the framework and keep the spacing correct. This would have been very difficult if it were not for the help and second hands of my father.

My dad and I made several "Jigs" or "Forms" prior to getting this far. A jig was needed for the bottom frame which wraps the diameter of the floor. If you look close at the ends of the basket you will see that the broomstick uprights have a bend in them at the top. These had to be steamed and placed in the jig to dry in order for the bends to take there shape.

In the background you can see the Thunder and Colt Basket that my brother Guy built for me. This is the basket that I fly under my Anderson/Sea Doo balloon.

 

 

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We will not put other passengers in your balloon like other balloon operators.