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2017 Balloons Over Vermilion News

7-16-17 VermilionCountyFirst: Organizers Look to 2018 After Successful Weekend

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7-16-17 News Gazette: It's Like a Race Car

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7-16-17 Commercial News: Balloons Over Vermilion Photo Page

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7-16-17 Commercial News: Balloons Over Vermilion Photo Page - Balloon Glow

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7-15-17 News Gazette Cover page

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7-15-17 Commercial News: Balloons Over Vermilion Photo Page

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7-15-17 News Gazette: It's Not so bad 1,500 Feet Up

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7-15-17 Commercial News: Pilots on Promenade

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7-14-17 VermilionCountyFirst: Splashdown! - During the 'Splash-n-Dash'!

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7-14-17 Commercial News: Balloons Over Vermilion Photo Page - Splash and Dash

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7-14-17 Commercial News: Grounds prepared for big ballooning event

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7-14-17 Commercial News: We Have Lift-Off!

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7-13-17 Hoopeston Chronicle: Second Balloons Over Vermilion starts Friday

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7-13-17 News Gazette: Festival's forecast: Favorable

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7-11-17 VermilionCountyFirst: Preparations Advancing for Balloons Over Vermilion

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7-10-17 News Gazette: Rediscover Danville- Balloons Over Vermilion

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7-9-17 Commercial News: Pilots a tightly knit community

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7-9-17 Commercial News: Lifting Away Balloons will again fill the skies

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6-30-17 Chronicle - Balloons Over Vermilion community events start to ramp up

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6-30-17 Commercial News: Balloon to kick off Rossville holiday weekend

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6-28-17 Press Release: Balloons Over Vermilion County Events Ramping Up

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6-16-17 Commercial News: Balloon events set for the weekend

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6-7-17 Commercial News: Class sneaks peek of balloon event mural

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6-5-17 Press Release: Host Students Mural Project

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5-25-17 Vermilion County First: Balloons Over Vermilion Attracting Community Support

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5-21-17 News Gazette - Organizers Looking for Volunteers

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5-4-17 Commercial News: Fans of balloons

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5-4-17 News Gazette: Inner Journey

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5-4-17 News Gazette: Class under the balloon top

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4-26-17 Independent News: Balloons Over Vermilion adds new highlights to 2017 Festival

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4-12-17 News Gazette: Young Artists let creativity take flight

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4-12-17 Commercial News: Colorful Creations

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4-12-17 Vermilion County First: 'Good News' Campaign Attracts Young Follower

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4-10-17 News Release: Balloons Over Vermilion Host Students Design A Balloon Project

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2-27-17 Plans for Balloons Over Vermilion 2017 Taking Shape

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2-24-17 Commercial News: Balloons over Vermilion plans events

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2-23-17 News Gazette: Balloons over Vermilion putting kids to work

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2-20-17 Press Release: Plans for Balloons Over Vermilion 2017 Taking Shape

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8-17-16 News Release: Balloons Will Be Back in 2017

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2016 Balloons Over Vermilion News

8-17-16 News Release: Balloons Will Be Back in 2017

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7-28-16 Commercial News - Successful Start

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7-17-16 Commercial News - Balloon School

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7-17-16 New Gazette - A Big Surprise

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7-15-16 Commercial News - Balloons accommodate people with disabilities

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7-16-16 New Gazette - Festival 'an event of the generations'

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7-15-16 New Gazette - Sky High

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7-15-16 Commercial News - Blasting Off!

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7-14-16 News Gazette - Vermilion Balloon Event Features a First for Pilot

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7-12-16 Pilot Tony Sandlin Press Release

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7-11-16 News Gazette - Rediscover Danville

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7-10-16 News Gazette - Big Sneak Peek

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7-10-16 Commercial News - Editorial

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7-10-16 Commercial News - Flying High: Balloons Ready to Fly for Inaugural Event

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7-5-16 WDAN Newsmakers with Linda Bolton interviewing host pilots, Dean Carlton & Larry Owen

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6-30-16 Shuttle Information News Release

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6-8-16 Balloon Community Events Get Underway

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5-25-16 Fourth grade balloon ambassadors puffed up with excitement

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5-25-16 Balloons Over Vermilion a Unique Learning Experience

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5-18-16 Bismarck Henning 4th Graders to Get a Preview of Hot Air Balloon School

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5-10-16 Balloons Over Vermilion: Plans still in Motion

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5-1-16 Balloons Over Vermilion Entertainment Press Release

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4-2-16 A Focus on Hot Air Balloon Safety

The Balloons Over Vermilion hot air balloon event planned for July at the Vermilion Regional Airport is still three and a half months away, but the men and women who fly the balloons and who provide the ground chase crew say they are already preparing for the event, and a major part of the planning is safety training. Safety is always paramount for hot air balloon pilots and their crews. For several years now, the Balloon Federation of America has held an Illinois -Indiana Safety Seminar before the hot air ballooning season kicks off. And for the last several years, the day long seminars have been held here in Danville. Recently, 90 pilots and chase crew members from seven states spent a day at Danville Area Community College hearing from experts in the field of hot air ballooning.

Local pilot Dean Carlton heads up the Balloon Federation of America and says safety is always their goal when pilots plan to fly. The group heard from chase crew consultant, Gordon Schwontkowski about accident review and management. He says out of 150,000 recorded hot air balloon flights in the last year, there only twelve reported accidents. And while most people think weather is always the culprit in hot air balloon accidents, Schwontkowski says it’s what pilots do about weather that may result in a safe flight or an accident….which is why training seminars like this are so important. He says the weather forecast is only the starting point for a flight, and pilots are called upon to take all of the data they gather about weather conditions and determine their best course of action in terms of flying or not and what course they are safest to fly.

Pilot Bill Smith spoke about some of his long jump flights – flying a hot air balloon long distances – saying that if a pilot becomes complacent, it can lead to over-confidence, which leads to mistakes, and that is why safety seminars are so important.

The balloon pilots heard presentations on everything from decision-making at 12,000 feet to what to do when the forecast is wrong and general flight operations.

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1-27-16 WDAN Newsmakers with Linda Bolton interviewing Pat O'Shaughnessy

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1-26-16 Balloons Over Vermilion News Release

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1-26-16 Balloons Over Vermilion news release - Kids

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