I’m in my early thirties, and I’m one of the lucky ones.
For years, I’ve loved to fly, and now I have the experience to make it work.
I’ve flown the sky in a handful of small, personal balloon flights.
My first, which cost $25,000, was my last, a single-person flight from San Francisco to New York.
The next one, a five-person roundtrip, was in 2018.
In each flight, I flew with a professional pilot, a professional videographer, a personal balloon expert, and an experienced flight attendant.
The last flight, in 2019, was for my parents, who have a very particular set of skills that we can’t share with you.
The other two flights, in 2018 and 2019, were for my boyfriend and me, with a few people on the ground.
The first flight was for a family trip.
The second flight was to a friend’s birthday party.
Each flight was different, with different weather, different balloon weights, and different destinations.
In some flights, there were only two people on board, and in others, there are four people.
Each balloon was a completely unique piece of equipment, and it was all designed to be flown solo.
When we took that first flight, we had to make a few adjustments.
First, we moved our pilot to another state.
That was a tough move for me.
I’d flown professionally for years, but I hadn’t flown in California for years.
I wasn’t accustomed to having my pilot do everything.
I also wanted to fly with someone with more experience than me.
Second, I needed to learn how to fly in a balloon.
We went through a series of training sessions.
That included flying from San Antonio to Houston.
The final lesson was an aerial lesson.
This was a lesson that was very difficult to do, because it’s a long, steep, and complicated flight.
The person who flew it was a professional flight instructor who’d flown thousands of solo flights, and he had a special training method that worked for him.
I spent hours learning the flight, and we made it to New Orleans, Louisiana, with just one person on board.
The rest of the flight was just flying a balloon around the world.
Each time we landed, the balloon would come up out of the sky and we’d have to set up our landing gear, then we’d start the descent.
The landing gear didn’t go up high enough to put the balloon in the air, so we had our pilots stand up on the wing and then walk off the balloon and onto the ground and we would climb back up the tower.
Each landing was incredibly stressful, but we learned a lot.
Our first time in New York was great, because the weather was perfect.
I got to fly the Big Apple, the New York skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and then fly in the middle of the night with the rest of my family.
We were a small group of people, but that was the best experience we could have.
Next, we flew to a major city.
It was a very busy time for me because I had my wedding in California, my parents were going to be there, and my boyfriend was going to fly me to his wedding in Florida.
I had to fly around the entire state of Florida for the wedding, and as much as I was happy to fly across the country, I was sad to fly back to California and miss it.
The weather was good, and the plane was ready for the trip.
We had to land in New Orleans for the funeral, and that was a difficult time because I was so nervous.
The funeral was so important to me, and at the same time, it was hard to fly from New Orleans to my hometown of Palm Beach.
We needed to make sure that we got the plane into the right hangar, and they had a very large number of people waiting in the hangar for us to make the landing.
The plane landed and everyone was excited.
Then the pilot had to set the landing gear up, which is a lot of fun.
We did our first landing in New Mexico, which was the most challenging part.
The flight was so hard that I didn’t know how to do my final landing.
It took me about five minutes to get to the plane and land.
That is when the flight went really well.
There were a few problems, though.
The aircraft was in bad shape, and when we got to the airport, there was a huge crowd waiting for us, and there were a lot more people waiting at the airport.
That wasn’t good.
The pilots were doing a lot on the airplane, and our instructor had to be back on the plane in 10 minutes to help.
The pilot and I didn, in fact, have a great time.
We just flew the plane.
We didn’t do anything fancy, but when we landed in the airport the plane looked very, very nice