Colours brighten the Albuquerque desert

The 46th Annual Hot Air Balloon festival was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in early October.  
This year saw thousands of people flock to the remote location to witness bright colours, funny shapes and iconic faces take to the air in what can only be described as a hot air balloonists dream come true. 

The week long festival celebrates all things balloons with inflation and launch races, mass ascensions and special shape rodeo.  However, no festival is complete without chainsaw carving, laser lights, fireworks and live music.  

Economists calculate that 2015's festival attracted nearly 1 millions visitors over it's duration, and injected an estimates USD$177.4m to the New Mexico economy.  Many of the visitors to the Albuquerque Balloon festival travel from other American states and internationally to basque in the glory of they year's entertainment and see the sky come to life. 

Havasu Balloon Festival 13-15 January 2017

Despite a rainy weekend, there has been another successful Havasu Balloon Festival hosted last week in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. 

The festival's Saturday events were plagued with rain and wind, but the enthusiastic crowds persisted and, due to larger than expected Sunday crowds when the skies cleared, the three-day event had nearly 30,000 people attend and continued its support for over 30 local charities. 

Take a look at some photos of the balloons over the lake.

More images (all images from Havasunews.com) HERE.

The Aussies take on the world

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi

We are so proud to announce that our Chief Pilot Peter Wright will go to Japan accompanied by Simon Beare and Ben Philips to the Saga International Balloon Fiesta.

It is a yearly event that takes place near the Kase River. This event involves more than a hundred balloons from 15 countries that take part in the festival and it has been dubbed as one of the biggest balloon festivals in Asia. There are 3 main attractions that you have to see in this event!

Balloon Contest (fingers crossed for Pete) there are 38 different countries and more than 100 balloons will participate this competition to win the championship. The feast will attract nearly one million visitors.

Balloon Fantasia - big parade of special shaped character balloons.

La Montgolfier Nocturne where burners are lit up in the night.
 

Here is some more info for you to enjoy:

Australian Balloon Team

Saga Balloon Festival Official website

 

A timelapse of hundreds of hot air balloons, including a flying dog, a cow and a pirate ship!

Every year the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has hundreds of hot air balloons, including many special shapes. These come from around the world to show off what they can do, at the world's largest hot air balloon festival.

As you can see from this stunning timelapse video, the conditions were so perfect that rather than flying in one direction, the balloons were able to go around and around by changing altitude. Perfect for viewing!

Credit to Bryan Snider for the beautiful photography: http://www.bryansnider.com/


How does this pilot fly his helicopter so low and fast! Look at this race between a helicopter and a muscle car - aerial mastery!

At Picture This Ballooning, we love all things aerial, and there is not much better than watching the best of the best. This is some immaculate flying - fast, low to the ground, and rapid turning. This pilot has nerves of steel!

Who will win in a race between the helicopter and the Dodge Challenger?

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