"Hey Kevin. I made the racer pattern myself and built it with standard 1.9 oz westmark. I don't really push the balloon much but it is substantially faster up and down. In terms of numbers, it seems like climbing and descending are about twice…"
"Eric: If at all possible can you update my ad on Aerostatz to read: Would still perfer to sell complete bottom end but would consider selling seperate. Basket is located in Albuquerque, NM and can be seen by appointment at FIESTA by calling Kevin at…"
"Hey Benji: I forgot! I'm not against RACING Balloons I am VERY impressed with how they respond in competition. Although I have not flown one, but . I have seen some of the top pilots in the world flying these with great accuracy!. BUT, I think…"
"Benji: Thanks for clearing this up for me! It sounds like I have some catching up when I get back in the skys! (WHICH I HOPE IS REAL SOON!!!!!) I started ballooning in 1979 when I had my first balloon ride. I got my first balloon a RAVEN RX-7 in…"
"Hello Jim: It's Kevin Stephenson! Welcome to Aunty Monkey!!!! We've been friends along time, look forward to seeing you and Margo soon All the Best!! Kevin P.S. I finally got married in January! I was begining to think that I would never…"
"Benji: My name is Kevin Stephenson, I'm from Albuquerque, New Mexico. How many pilots fly with a computer? I'm a commercial pilot that enjoys competition, although I have not flown for many years (due to a employer imposed sabatical) I…"
"Hey Kevin- Thanks for offering to help me find interesting stuff to do. I will just be taking in the balloons when we're there. Not a pilot yet, but hopefully it's in my future :), and I haven't crewed for anyone except for chasing…"
"Hi Sarah: My name is Kevin Stephenson and I am a balloonist in Albuquerque. I will be glad to assist you with info on places to go to when in tha "land of Enchantment. I know you'll LOVE Albuquerque and New Mexico. Please give me a call…"
"France 1 appears to be the winner of this years Gordon Bennett race, With Swiss 1 in Second and USA 2 in Third. No results are final, but it appears that all balloons have landed......... Without incident I hope, Looks as if everyone landed feet…"
"Thanks Howard for posting this! Every balloonist around the world is interested in the outcome. It's not over till it's over! Still many teams aloft. Good luck and God speed! Soft Landings Kevin Stephenson Albuquerque,NM"
"Thanks KING MONKEY!! This site is for those with an interest in ballooning. Lets hope that we can all learn from each other. Share topics such as Emergency Procedures, What to do in a POWERLINE accident, Homebuilding of a hot air balloon, Etc. WE…"
Started ballooning as crew in 1979. Got my private license in 1986 and my comercial in 1990. I've had 4 different balloons through the years, now down to ONE! A Cameron O-56. I'm currently grounded due to employer emposed sabatical,(I HOPE TO END THAT SOON!!!!) Cheers!!!!!
Hey Kevin- Thanks for offering to help me find interesting stuff to do. I will just be taking in the balloons when we're there. Not a pilot yet, but hopefully it's in my future :), and I haven't crewed for anyone except for chasing balloons around town every now and then on my own. I'm looking forward to seeing all that Fiesta has to offer. We're coming into town on tues the 6th and leaving on fri the 9th. Ok, so I'll talk to you later. Thanks again!
Hey Kevin. I made the racer pattern myself and built it with standard 1.9 oz westmark. I don't really push the balloon much but it is substantially faster up and down. In terms of numbers, it seems like climbing and descending are about twice as fast. That is, where I would have been at 400 or 500 ft/min in a standard shape, I'll be at 800 or 1000 ft/min in this one. Happy to share the numbers I used for a pattern if you are ever interested. As far as build time, I did it slowly over a couple of years. Something like $2500-$3000 in the envelope with a nomex scoop but nylon first panels. Have a good one.
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