Winter is Coming

After what seems to be a never ending Summer the warm weather is finally coming to an end, ‘Winter is Coming’.Along with the hot weather came the best ballooning conditions we at Cloud 9 have seen in 30 years of flying. Fine days and light winds had Read More

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Lifes’s An Adventure

Lifes an adventure, it can be exciting and different like a hot air balloon flight, you take off into the skies not really knowing where you’re going to land or thats what we would like you to think. Its all part of a finally tuned Read More

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Burn Baby Burn

We expect rapid change in all aspects of our lives these days. Buy the latest wiz bang thing one day and you find its obsolete the next. Not so in ballooning though. Change is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Man first took to the skies in Read More

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Are you a Basket case?

If you do a balloon flight you will be standing for up to an hour in what looks like an oversized picnic basket. The Basket or Gondola is the bottom part of the hot air balloon which carries passengers, flight crew and fuel supplies. They Read More

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Death of Ballooning

Born, 21st November 1783 – Dead 2020 After some 231 years the aircraft that enabled man to take to the heavens is dying. It will be a slow drawn out process bringing pain and frustrations to all the flight crews and spectators that love seeing Read More

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50 Years of Australian Ballooning

It’s been 50 years since the first manned hot air balloon flight in Australia lifted off in Parkes. On July 4th 1964, Sydney University student Terry McCormack and some of his friends set out to make Australian aviation history. They travelled to Parkes in central west New Read More

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Ballooning in Winter

I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised that most people want to hot air balloon during the warmer seasons. It seems reasonable to assume that the air temperature drops as soon as you leave the ground, and who wants to freeze when you are supposed Read More

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