CAP learns about hot-air ballooning

Published 9:04 am Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Civil Air Patrol Sugar Valley Composite Squadron hosted Marsha Treacy and the Carolinas Balloon Association on July 5 as a part of the monthly speaker series.

They learned facts about hot air ballooning, such as: how it started in 1783 and has developed since that time; FAA requirements to pilot a hot air balloon; and what pilots and crews need to know before launching for an adventure in these “gentle giants.”

Weather did not permit the actual inflation of the two balloons Treacy and crew brought, but the crew did demonstrate how to set up the basket and burners. They also ignited the burners so that all present could see what that looks like, and invited folks to look in the basket.

Carolinas Balloon Association has volunteer opportunities for those interested in being a part of a team of chasers, who follow hot air balloons after they are launched to assist with landings. Many volunteer positions are available during the Carolina BalloonFest Oct. 21-23 in Statesville.

This was an opportunity for squadron members and community to become more educated in yet another way to explore the air above.

Treacy and the Carolinas Balloon Association plan on returning to Sugar Valley Airport for a possible launch of one of their balloons.

For more information about CBA, visit  The Sugar Valley Composite Squadron meets every Tuesday at 6:30 at Sugar Valley Airport.

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