Archive for September, 2010

Weekend Flight and Weather for the Week of 9/27

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The fall foliage is looking nice and probably will be peaking early this year. We flew a nice couple from Middlebury CT on Sunday morning.

Sean and April

Sean and April

Lots of bright reds out there right now for fall foliage

Lots of bright reds out there right now for fall foliage

It’s going to be a tough week for flying. Rain for first 2 days of the week, with a weather break for Wednesday, and the the weather forecasting models are not in agreement on how the rest of the week plays-out for Thursday into the coming weekend.

Fall Foliage Update

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

It is looking like the foliage will  peak 1 to 2 weeks early. I noticed on this morning’s flight, that the colors are coming on strong, just since my Monday morning flight. Those of you who want to view the foliage at or near it’s peak, will need to schedule your flight withing the next 2 weeks. I have plenty of space available on my weekday flights, the weekends are full until the 9th. The color should hang on through the 3rd weekend, but after that, it probably will be over. Here is what it looks like around peak foliage around here –

One of the views out in the flying area

One of the views out in the flying area

Peak color from up high

Peak color from up high

The way it looks right now out there!

The way it looks right now out there!

Peak foliage up close

Peak foliage up close

What peak foliage looks like on a late afternoon flight.

What peak foliage looks like on a late afternoon flight.

A fall foliage engagement flight

A fall foliage engagement flight

Thursday AM Balloon Ride and Weather for Balloon Festival Weekend

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

We had great flying conditions this morning and flying conditions should remain good for tonight’s flight. I am noticing that the fall foliage is starting to come on strong and may actually peak in a week or so, which is about 10 days early.

Tom and Alice from Voorheesville, and daughter Donna from Urbana IL.

Tom and Alice from Voorheesville, and daughter Donna from Urbana IL.

The flying weather forecast for the balloon festival isn’t looking that good other than on Sunday. It should be flyable for them tonight from Crandall Park, except for the direction which isn’t the best to fly from there. The Friday PM and both Saturday flights may not happen because of the weather. Right now, Sunday is looking like the day to go view the balloons out at the airport.

Hartford Central Tether for the Elementary School Kids

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

This morning, Baker and I did  one of the community give-backs we do annually, a free hot air balloon tether demonstration for the elementary school kiddies. Today, we were at Hartford Central School.

The kiddies all lined up watching us inflate the Peacock VIII Balloon

The kiddies all lined up watching us inflate the Peacock VIII Balloon

The kids watching Baker hold down the top of the balloon while it inflates.

The kids watching Baker hold down the top of the balloon while it inflates.

Our teacher who went on the tether flight with me.

Our teacher who went on the tether flight with me.

The kiddies parading by to get a look up in the balloon while we were up in the air. We had wonderful calm conditions for our tether demo.

The kiddies parading by to get a look up in the balloon while we were up in the air. We had wonderful calm conditions for our tether demo.

Baker holding one of the tether lines.

Baker holding one of the tether lines.

Recent Balloon Flights and Flying Weather into the coming Weekend

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I need to update a couple of flights that we did recently.

Victoria and Drew from Yonkers on the Friday PM Flight

Victoria and Drew from Yonkers on the Saturday PM Flight

Carol and Dan from Shohola PA also on the Saturday PM Flight

Carol and Dan from Shohola PA also on the Saturday PM Flight

We next flew a couple from West Seneca on Monday morning who is vacationing in the Adirondacks.

Karen and Ken up over Hartford with the early fall foliage

Karen and Ken up over Hartford with the early fall foliage

The flying weather forecast is somewhat typical for early fall weather, changeable. It’s going to warm up with a couple of fast moving systems for Wednesday and Friday, and hopefully flyable conditions on Thursday and for at least some of the upcoming weekend, which is the weekend for the big Balloon Festival out at the airport. We won’t be at the balloon festival, we will be out in Washington County doing our rides as per usual, enjoying the sights from a close distance, but away from the crowds.

Latest Balloon Flight and Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather Update

Friday, September 17th, 2010

The flying weather hasn’t been the best as of late, but we did manage a flight with 2 couples on Thursday morning, the 16th.

Janet and John from Slingerlands

Janet and John from Slingerlands

Lisa and Wilson from Conyngham PA

Lisa and Wilson from Conyngham PA

The flying weather forecast going into the weekend and early next week is looking like Fall, as are the leaves that are nicely changing in spots. It may be a bit windy for my Friday afternoon flight, but Saturday looks good as does part, if not all of Sunday. And, the flying weather is looking good for the early part of the coming week, with a system forecast to pass-through mid week on Wednesday.

Weekend Flying

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

It was a decent weekend for flying until Sunday. We had good flying conditions on Friday and Saturday. I don’t have any pics to post of the Friday PM flight due to computer not recognizing my camera in IPhoto for pic upload, (I had just set up my new 3G IPad and it was still recognizing it as connected, it was late at night and was too tired to fuss around to fix, so I just dumped them after loading them onto the web site’s photo page). But I have pics from the Saturday flights, plus a youtube video from DJ, Ralph Renna’s birthday flight on Saturday PM.

Paul and Lorraine on the Saturday AM flight

Paul and Lorraine on the Saturday AM flight

Cassandra and Ralph on the Saturday PM flight

Cassandra and Ralph on the Saturday PM flight

And here’s a link to Ralph’s 40th birthday balloon flight YouTube video,  <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So4IteVhF_Y>. You can check-out Ralph’s internet radio show at capitalundergroundradio.com

Labor Day Morning Flight and Weather for Week of 9/7 to 12th

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Monday morning was fine flying weather, the best that we experienced over the Labor Day holiday weekend. We flew a couple from Salem OH who was touring the NE and a couple from the Albany area.

Barbara & Bob, Elania & Brendon

Barbara & Bob, Elania & Brendon

The flying weather forecast for this week doesn’t look the best. There may be opportunities between systems here and there to fly, but it looks like late Friday into early Sunday of the coming weekend will bring the best conditions for hot air balloon flights.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather Update for the Holiday Weekend

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

The forecast for this weekend looks not very good for flying on Saturday. Sunday into Tuesday looks better as does the weather toward the end of the week. The effects of hurricane Earl will stay east of us and not be much of a factor other than to provide a deepening of a closed low pressure center up near James Bay, which will enhance the low level pressure gradient causing gusty west, northwest winds, and lake-effect rain showers off Lake Ontario and Lake Erie on Saturday. The wind should moderate on Sunday thru Tuesday.

9/1/AM Balloon Ride and Weather for Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

We flew a couple from Edmonton Alberta on Wednesday morning. We definitely have our HHH flying conditions back that we had in July. Dave and Mallory are on an extensive driving tour of the northeast that started in Toronto.

Dave and Mallory

Dave and Mallory

The flying weather should be ok for Friday morning, before Hurricane Earl’s weather starts to affect our flying conditions. Saturday looks out for flying as well as most, if not all of Sunday. The flying weather should be good for Monday into Wednesday of the new week.