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Archive for May 29, 2014

Tonight: Flying the Mini Balloon for Breast Cancer awareness

The High school in Casselman is having a breast Cancer awareness walk tonight, Thursday May 29th, 2014. 

Here’s a message from Bill:

"Students are walking all night to raise money 
for breast Cancer. I volunteered the NCBC 
Mini Basket and my breast Cancer Mini Balloon.

We are meeting for approx 6:00PM with flying starting (The Mini Balloon) around 7:00 PM.

If anyone wants to join us I will be on my cell all afternoon. You can see the high school from the road...

Thanks to anyone who comes out and WANTS TO GET CURRENT//// LOL

Wild bill EH!!!"

Hot Air Balloon Passenger Guide

After a year of collaboration between Transport Canada and the Canadian Balloon Association, a Hot Air Balloon Passenger Guide has been produced.

The document is hosted on the Transport Canada website:

Hot Air Balloons – A Passenger’s Guide [pdf]

Montgolfières – Guide du passager [pdf]

Spring is finally here

This Victoria day long weekend saw the completion of this winter’s 2 project balloons and the first hot inflation for one of the 2 balloons constructed over the winter.

The registration marks for these 2 balloons came in as C-GYTK and C-GYUU, so during construction, C-GYTK became known as Tiki, and C-GYUU became known as YuYu.

So here they are in all their glory.

Tiki the Fish:


YuYu the Penguin – First Inflation:

AX-03 World Record ratified by the FAI

Sandra’s AX-3 Duration World Record has been ratified by the FAI

Congratulations to Sandra and all involved!

FAI has ratified the following Class A (Free balloons) World record:

Claim number : 17055
Size category :AX-03 (Hot-air balloons: 400 to 600 m³)
Category: Female
Type of record : Duration
Course/location : Crysler, Ontario (Canada) – Plantagenet, Ontario (Canada)
Performance : 4h 17min 42 sec
Pilot : Sandra Rolfe (Canada)
Balloon : RVB / Bill Whelan
Date :09.02.2014
Previous record : 3 h 35 min (07.01.2007 – Pauline Baker, Ireland)
FAI congratulates the Pilot on this splendid achievement.