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Our next General Meeting is Monday, January 12, 2015
Topic: 1st meeting of 2015
Tres Amigos Restaurant
@ Hwys 183 & 290

Social Hour at 6:30 PM
Business & Program at
7:30 PM

Next Club flight is TBA
Location: TBA
Sunrise is at 6:50

Our phone line is 512-481-2822


CTBA Holiday Party is on Saturday night, December 13



2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 
photo by Lloyd Cates


Video by Robert Doyal

The 24th Lake Travis flight was a success. 9 balloons inflated and 7 flew over the lake. The pilots who flew were: Cheri White with Sam Edwards, Rusty Kaim, Bruce Lavorgna, Nick Stanko, Fred Dinkler, Steve Lombardi and Bill Baker. David Smuck and Dick Goss remained on the ground.


August 8:   Bruce Lavorgna did a live TV segment with Ashely Roberts for KEYE TV on Friday morning. Greg and Janice Wallace, Jean Abernathy and Debbie Foulds helped. Photo by Greg Wallace


Jo Hunter made a couple of videos for her gadget presentation at our July meeting. Below them are links to some ballooning apps she showed us.

In which Joe takes Greg flying in his hot air balloon, and Greg gets to play with my GoPro camera. This video is a showcase of different cameras; GoPro, Olympus EM-5 and Sanyo Xacti were used in the filming.
In which the Central Texas Ballooning Association takes over the Polo Fields at Zilker Park, for the annual balloon tether demonstration.

Joe landed with the aid of Janice and Ron. The balloons in the background were piloted by Dick and Fred. Rusty also flew her balloon. The balloons launched at Old Settlers, flew 9 miles and landed NE of Hutto. Joe said he had 40 degrees steerage.


Rusty & Bruce flew from Old Settlers Association on July 5. The wind was very light.


Our June meeting was held at Zilker Park. Joe Reynolds and Nick Stanko tethered between rain clouds.


Robert Doyal and Joe Reynolds did a talk on hot air balloons with students at Chadwick Elementary in Baltimore, Maryland, via Skype. 

A class of 3rd grade children and teachers gathered around a large TV in Baltimore as Joe and Robert answered their questions. We showed them some of Nick’s balloon equipment, a sewing machine, pulled out one of newly sewn gores and even demonstrated a pull-test on the fabric. 

Robert took a MacBook, camera and a Verizon wi-fi link to Nick Stanko’s shop. Alison Gilliam and Lloyd Cates help set things up. 


Joe Reynolds tethered his balloon at Castleman Creek Elementary School in Hewitt, Texas, last Friday. The children made a very long paper chain with thousands of messages pledging against bullying. Greg and Janice Wallace, Carol Walker, Bruce Lavorgna and Lloyd Cates helped get the chain into the sky. 

The photos are from Dave Trevino, Greg and Janice Wallace and Joe's GoPro tied to a weather balloon. 


Member Balloons

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