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Who is Producing the Hot Air Balloon Events
Greg Miller is the promoter of all the Hot Air Balloon activities at both events. Greg is a local pilot with over 26 years experience as a Hot Air Balloon Pilot and event organizer. All of the balloons that will be at the event, are owned and operated by Licensed and Insured Professional pilots, from 9 different states, all of the participating pilots have anywhere from 800 to 5000 hours as the Pilot In Command. In addition Greg will have several staff members at either site to assist in operations.
Where do we meet.
OREGON SOLAR FEST MADRAS
Launch Site Address: 2675 S W Bear Drive, Madras, Oregon (Location Map in PDF format)
On the day of your Scenic Flight, you will meet at the passenger check in tent at the launch site. The launch site, a private farm, called El Sueno Farm y Globoes Grandes, (translation The Dream and Hot Air Balloons) is located just three miles, South of the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, see attached map, at 2645 Bear Dr., Madras, Or. Passengers meet on the day of their scheduled flight at 5:15 am, to be assigned to your pilot. Launch time will be at 6 am. The total time from passenger check in, inflation, your Scenic flight, and deflation, and return to the launch site will be about 3 hours. Your actual flight time depending on weather conditions will last 40 to 60 minutes.
You can drive your own vehicle, or take the shuttle if it is available to reach the launch site After the flight, we will return to the launch site, to retrieve your vehicle. If you rode the shuttle from one of the shuttle sites, the pilot may be able to drop you off at a shuttle pickup station.
For tethered flights, there will be two separate check-in tents for passengers located at the tethered flight area. Tether area one will be at The Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Tether area two will be at Solar Town located about 2 miles Northwest of Madras. The tethered flights will operate from 7 am to about 9:30, depending on temperatures. On the day of your tethered flight, you can check in at one of the assigned tether areas, any time during this time period and, will enjoy your flight. There are no reservations needed for tethers, rather are done on a first come first served basis. Tethered flights will last about 5-10 minutes each.
Please note, Oregon Solar Fest will be operating a shuttle bus, that will have stops at both the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and Solar City Complex, to take passengers to the launch site for the Scenic Flights. Pick up times are yet to be determined and will be posted at the event.
BIG SUMMIT PRAIRIE SUMMIT
On the day of your Scenic Flight, or tethered flights, you will meet at the launch site, at the passenger check in tents, located in the meadow near the lake. Passengers meet on the day of their scheduled flight at 5:15 am, to be assigned to your pilot. Launch time will be at 6 am. The total time from passenger check in, inflation, your Scenic flight, and deflation, and return to the launch site will last 2-3 hours. Your flight time depending on weather conditions will last 40 to 60 minutes.
For tethered flights, there will be a separate check-in tent for passengers located at the tethered flight area . The tethered flights will operate from 7 am to about 9:30, depending on temperatures. On the day of your tethered flight, you can check in any time during this time period and, will enjoy your flight. Tethered flights will last about 10 minutes each.
WHAT DO I WEAR
Summer mornings in August usually have mild temperatures in the 50’s. The ideal clothing is to dress in layers. Long pants, and a light shirt with a lightweight cotton sweatshirt is ideal. Please no polyester or nylon. Wear shoes that cover your entire foot, so no sandals or shoes with heels. You may want a hat, as the burner is directly over your heat. Sunglasses would be appropriate, and be sure to bring your camera. Please leave any unnecessary items, like purses’, back packs, heavy clothing etc in your vehicle, as there will be no room in the basket for any of these items.
CAN I HELP
We encourage and welcome our passengers, to be part of the complete Hot Air Balloon experience, and become part of the crew, for your scenic flight. Don’t worry, our professional pilots will show you what you need to do. We have found that when passengers help with the assembly, prior to the flight, and with the disassembly, of the balloon after the flight, that they think the whole Adventure was so much more memorable.
Is There an Age Restriction?
For Scenic Flights For safety reasons all passengers must be able to stand in the basket on their own. The FAA does not allow children to be held during the flight. For this reason the minimum age for Scenic Flights is 6 years old.
For tethered flights, younger children can participate, however due to the noise of the burners we do not recommend that children under the age of three years old, participate in a tethered flight. However the final decision will be made by the pilot in charge.