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Old 11-17-2010, 02:45 PM  
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Hot Air Ballooning

I have been a balloon pilot for over 20 years and primarily fly in the Albuquerque area. If you have any questions about ballooning in general or about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, post them here and I will try to answer them.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:34 PM  
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How do they decide where the Gordon Bennet Gas Balloon race begins from? I know it was in Europe this year, but it has been in ABQ before, too.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:36 AM  
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Talk to this guy. He is the president of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

balloons@balloonfiesta.com
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:44 AM  
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How do they decide where the Gordon Bennet Gas Balloon race begins from? I know it was in Europe this year, but it has been in ABQ before, too.
The country of the winning balloon team hosts the event in the year after the next race. So this year's winning country, Switzerland, will host in 2012. That gives the host country ample time to organize the event. The 2011 event will start from France because they won the 2009 GB.
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:50 AM  
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That is very interesting. I never knew that. See, you learn something new every day.
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:13 AM  
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I have never been ballooning, what is the average cost per ride? How do you contact someone to schedule one?
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:16 AM  
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Check this link. Might be others.

OFFICIAL HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES: Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - October 2-10, 2010
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:16 AM  
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I have never been ballooning, what is the average cost per ride? How do you contact someone to schedule one?
The oldest and best balloon ride company in Albuquerque is World Balloon
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:15 PM  
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You know you have lived in Albuquerque a long time when the Balloon Fiesta is more about the traffic problems it creates then it is about the balloons in the sky!
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