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Saratoga Balloon & Craft

March 24th, 2017 by Adirondack Balloon Flights

 

Flying Season is nearly upon us, make plans now to fly with us at the Saratoga Balloon & Craft Festival.   Passenger flights are available, flying along with 25 other beautiful hot air balloons.  

Reservation can be made online http://www.adkballoonflights.com/reserve.asp

Come Fly with Us!

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Back in the air April 1, 2017

February 26th, 2017 by Adirondack Balloon Flights

spring-promoThis beautiful weather has us looking forward to spring.  Now accepting reservations for the 2017 season.  Come Fly with Us!

Now Accepting Reservations 2017

January 26th, 2017 by Adirondack Balloon Flights

We have updated our online booking calendar, and are now taking reservations for the upcoming 2017 season.  Reservations are required for all bookings and we simply ask for a credit card number to secure the reservation.  No money is due at the time of booking and we will settle up for the balance due after the flight has completed.  Come Fly with Us!

http://www.adkballoonflights.com/reserve.asp

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Ballooning in the Adirondacks!

January 9th, 2017 by Adirondack Balloon Flights

Adventure is out there!

May 14th, 2015 by Adirondack Balloon Flights

The beautiful weather continues and the views are incredible.  Come Fly with Us!

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April 21st, 2015 by Adirondack Balloon Flights

over the hudsonSpring is here in the beautiful Adirondacks!  Our flying season has started with a couple of beautiful morning flights.  As the warm weather gives way to the beautiful landscape we will continue to provide updates and photos.  Here are a few from our most recent flights.  Enjoy!Party of 5glens falls

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates Available

May 5th, 2014 by Adirondack Balloon Flights

Have you finished your Mother’s Day shopping?

Gift Certificates are available at Adirondack Balloon Flights!!

Mother's Day Gift Certificates

New Beginnings for Adirondack Balloon Flights

April 14th, 2014 by Adirondack Balloon Flights

Adirondack Balloon FlightsAs the seasons start to change, new beginnings are springing up for Adirondack Balloon Flights. As we prepare for the 2014 flying season we’d like to make a few special announcements as well as introduce you to the new owners of Adirondack Balloon Flights, Brooke and Kiersten Owen.

Brooke and Kiersten have over 30 years combined experience within the ballooning industry. Brooke has flown over 3,300  hours and over 20,000 passengers. He has flown in over 30 states, 3 different countries, and is a nationally ranked competitive pilot. Brooke has been the chief pilot for Rainbow Ryders, Inc., the largest balloon company in the United States, for the past 13 years. Kiersten was an elected board member of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, a member of the National Concierge Association, and nominated to the Board of Directors for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. In addition, she held the position of Director of Operations at Rainbow Ryders, Inc for 8 years. Brooke and Kiersten Owen have tremendous depth of experience about the commercial balloon industry, and are looking forward to their new beginning as the owners of Adirondack Balloon Flights.

The 2014 flying season will begin on April 25th. We will be offering two flights a day, sunrise and sunset. Click here for more information about our flights.

Our online reservation system is now open for bookings. You may reserve your flight online, or call (518) 793-6342.

We are looking forward to a beautiful season and hope you consider Adirondack Balloon Flights whether you’re vacation planning or just looking for a new way to experience New York State’s Adirondacks, Albany, Lake George & Saratoga Springs Region.

 

 

 

My Last Posting

December 24th, 2013 by Adirondack Balloon Flights

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This will be my last posting. I am retiring from a career and love affair with hot air ballooning that started in the early 70’s with my first flight with Doug Mills and that group of crazies from Dutton, MI in their Piccard Stretch 6, N62US, “The Jolly Roger”.

Pic of the first Adirondack Balloon Fest from the Jolly Roger.

Pic I took of the first Adirondack Balloon Fest from the Jolly Roger @ ACC.

I have a nice young couple who are taking over my balloon ride service, that I know will be good stewards of my balloon flight legacy that began in the early 80’s with Adirondack Balloon Flights. So you folks who want to fly with ADKBF can be assured you will be in good hands. I want to give a special mention to the guys that flew with me back in the 70’s and are no longer flying; Fran Williams, Ron Fuller, Steve Maille and of course my old partner @ Adirondack Balloon Transit, LTD – Art Binley. Unfortunately, there also are a number of friends who are now flying in another world – Karen Rosenthal, Harry Repak, Sam Cally and Chuck O’Neil, just to name a few. It’s been a fun career.  I’ve met a lot of great people, had some fantastic times that I never would have experienced except for the opportunity presented because of an amazing flying machine, the hot air balloon.

In the beginning, 12/20/73, out in Dutton Michagan with Gordie Saunders in the Jolly Roger.

In the beginning, 12/20/73, out in Dutton Michagan with Gordie Saunders in the Jolly Roger.

The "Spirit of Glens Falls" comes to town and I get to be the pilot! Geez, not sure of the date, probably in '76/'77

The “Spirit of Glens Falls” comes to town and I get to be the pilot! Geez, not sure of the date, probably in ’76/’77

One of the very fun things I got to do, show-off having 1st child, Eric, in 1979. Afterward, flew over the city with the guy whose wife shared the room with Tani (he had his 4th daughter).

One of the very fun things I got to do, show-off having 1st child, Eric, in 1979. Afterward, flew over the city with the guy whose wife shared the room with Tani (he had his 4th daughter).

A very early flight back in 1978 with a very new Channel 10 meteorologist, Bob Kovachick, when we landed at Comstock Prison - max security! Made for good copy on his evening news!!

A very early flight back in 1978 with a very new Channel 10 meteorologist, Bob Kovachick, when we landed at Comstock Prison – max security! Made for good copy on his evening news!!

One of the many pleasures ballooning afforded me, meeting  Eddie Allen in 1974 out at the Nationals in Indianola Iowa, and becoming friends.

One of the many pleasures ballooning afforded me, meeting Eddie Allen in 1974 out at the Nationals in Indianola Iowa, and becoming friends. Pic shows Eddies smoke balloon being readied that he later flew @ 78 years young.

A note from Eddie after he attended the Adirondack Balloon Festival as our honorary Balloon Meister.

A note from Eddie after he attended the Adirondack Balloon Festival as our honorary BalloonMeister.

In 1980, did my first balloon wedding with a couple who came up from Texas. That's mayor Ed to the right who performed the ceremony and me on the left. Told them I'd make them famous if the flew with me. Their wedding was observed by hundreds as we tethered over Crandall Park pond in Glens Falls. The event was covered by all the  Albany TV stations, print media, and was broadcast live over network radio (no internet then). Because of all the hoopla, they ended up on the nationally syndicated television show, "To Tell The Truth". So, they had their moment of fame!

In 1980, did my first balloon wedding with a couple who came up from Texas. That’s mayor Ed to the right who performed the ceremony and me on the left. Told them I’d make them famous if the flew with me. Their wedding was observed by hundreds as we tethered over Crandall Park pond in Glens Falls. The event was covered by all the Albany TV stations, print media, and was broadcast live over network radio (no internet then). Because of all the hoopla, they ended up on the nationally syndicated television show, “To Tell The Truth”. So, they had their moment of fame!

 

On the set of Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories". A fantastic experience being involved in a major motion picture, but no Diane Keaton :0(

On the set of Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories”. A fantastic experience being involved in a major motion picture, but no Diane Keaton :0(

The contract for doing the film. Big bucks for late 70's.

The contract for doing the film. Big bucks for late 70’s.

Pic that appeared in the Albany TU of Peacock VI by buddy Skip Dickstein.

Pic that appeared in the Albany TU of Peacock VI by buddy Skip Dickstein.

Me and Baker with NY Post staff writer, Michael Riedel, who did a feature article on us

Me and crew extraordinaire,  Baker, with NY Post staff writer, Michael Riedel, who did a feature article on us

The article.

The article.

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A passenger took this pic of me flying one of my earlier Peacock balloons.

A passenger took this pic of me flying one of my earlier Peacock balloons that Mike Delsignore now flys.

Kinda a crappy copy of the pic used when I was Mister October in the Finch Paper Calendar from 1996 :0)

Kinda a crappy copy of the pic used when I was “Mister October” in the Finch Paper Calendar of Adirondack Characters from 1996 :0)

At the North East Pioneers Association gathering last May down in Poughkeepsie, l-r with Andi Rooney, Gil Foster, Me, Chris Mooney and Rick Pollock.

At the North East Pioneer Aeronauts Association gathering last May down in Poughkeepsie, l-r with Andi Rooney, Gil Foster, Me, Chris Mooney and Rick Pollock.

With some legacy buddies at The Wally Fest 2 years ago; Rudy Schwenker, Paul Stumpf, Bob Auchincloss, Tom Stoldoski, Me, Tom Smith. (Tom, at least I didn't have to look up the spelling of your name :0))

With some legacy buddies at The Wally Fest 2 years ago; Rudy Schwenker, Paul Stumpf, Bob Auchincloss, Tom Stoldoski, Me, Tom Smith. (Tom, at least I didn’t have to look up the spelling of your name :0))

Since this is Christmas, I wanted to end with this pic taken by buddy, Skip Dickstein, of a flight I did with Art Binley in 1979 from Empire Plaza in Albany, from in front of the State Christmas tree and The Capitol Building. Have a Merry everybody.

Since this is Christmas, I wanted to end with this pic taken by buddy Skip Dickstein, of a flight I did with Art Binley in 1979, from the Empire Plaza in Albany, from in front of the State Christmas tree and The Capitol Building. Have a Merry Christmas everybody!

Well, that’s it. It’s been very much fun near 40 years. I’ve made some great friends of folks that I’ve dropped-in on out in Washington County that I’m gonna miss visiting with, like; Joe and Kate Maille (who provided a take-off spot for years), Bernie Vaughn, Donna and Brent Petteys, Steve and Pete at Pole Valley, Dick and Mary Stewart (who bailed me out when crew didn’t show up and got me and the pacs back), the Durkee Family (who welcomed our landings and allowed me to use their property for take-offs), the Siaulnski Family on Pollock Hill on the Argyle Flats (hey, it’s the name the locals gave the area), and many too many others to mention here. Thanks for the memories everybody! See you all on down the road! Enjoy!!

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As an addendum, I should add the balloon show that I did for The Port Authority of NY and NJ for Harbor Festival in New York City in 1979. My biggest challenge and client that I worked with during my career. It was quite an undertaking for a bumpkin from the north-country. Kinda a duck outta water, swimming with sharks, but still a great experience, and, I did meet some great folks doing it. Had a fantastic helicopter flight right over Manhattan, from LaGuardia to the heliport at the fire boat docks near Battery Park, for a meeting with the Port Authority folks atop one of the tower buildings in a private dining room (what a view). Helicopter flights to “The Meadowlands” to meet with owners to get approval for the Cool Pro Balloon Tour with Tom Gable to fly from their parking lot for the Festival (the FAA shot that one down – good grief, the site was right between Teterboro and Newark Airports). Got a hot air balloon out on Liberty Island for a tether for the Tall Ships parade (don’t think that one will happen again) plus had balloons stationed around lower Manhattan (Battery Park), Liberty Island Park in NJ and a park in Brooklyn Heights or Bay Ridge (don’t remember).

This is a pic of the poster created to promote the  Harbor Festival. That's a rendition of Bill Hughes Seagull Balloon and the Twin Towers - sad, but...

This is a pic of the poster created to promote the Harbor Festival. That’s a rendition of Bill Hughes Seagull Balloon and the Twin Towers – sad, but…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October Flights Roundup and End of Flying Season

October 28th, 2013 by Adirondack Balloon Flights

Well, it’s past time to post-up flight pics for the month of October. The flying weather for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs and Albany – The Capital District region, started out poorly, but got real good right at peak foliage time and the busy Columbus Holiday Weekend rush for balloon rides. We will start with the earliest to the last flight of the month.

On Friday morning the 11th, I flew Pat and Fred from Delmar, and Andrew and Jessica from Saratoga Springs.

On Friday morning the 11th, I flew Pat and Fred from Delmar, and Andrew and Jessica from Saratoga Springs.

On the morning of the 12th, I flew Francis and Antonette from Brewster MA. Francis's family history dates to the first settlers in MA, the  Pilgrims at Plymouth MA.

On the morning of the 12th, I flew Francis and Antonette from Brewster MA. Francis’s family history dates to the first settlers, the Pilgrims at Plymouth MA.

Also on the morning of the 12th, were Aaron and Laura from Albany NY.

Also on the morning of the 12th, were Aaron and Laura from Albany NY.

On Sunday morning the 13th, I flew Mike and Caitlin from Wantagh and Williston Park NY.

On Sunday morning the 13th, I flew Mike and Caitlin from Wantagh and Williston Park NY.

Also on the morning of the 13th were, Jeanne and Peter from Schenectady NY.

Also on the morning of the 13th were, Jeanne and Peter from Schenectady NY.

On Tuesday morning the 15th, I flew Mary and Kim from Lima OH, and Joel and Amanda from Chiswick UK.

On Tuesday morning the 15th, I flew Mary and Kim from Lima OH, and Joel and Amanda from Chiswick UK.

For the last flight of the month on the morning of the 21st, I flew friends Caleb, Afton, Angela and James.

For the last flight of the month on the morning of the 21st, I flew friends Caleb, Afton, Angela and James.

Well folks, that’s a wrap for me. Enjoy the holidays and I’ll be seeing you on down the road.

“Some tails are happy ones,

others are blue.

It’ the way you ride the trail that counts,

Happy trails to you.”

+Roy Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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