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HOT AIR BALLOON PILOT: If You Love What You Do, It Will Never Feel Like Work

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To become a hot air balloon pilot, one can obtain a student pilot license and then learn from an experienced pilot or attend flight school and learn through a professional system. A typical day involves waking up early and checking the weather for flight conditions. One becomes a junior weather man as well as a pilot because safety is a number one concern and this is usually determined by the weather. A hot air balloon pilot typically flies 280 days out of 365 days. It's an interesting career to pursue, and if you love what you do, work will never feel like work.

Degree: Cooking and Related Culinary Arts
Job Title: Hot Air Balloon Pilot

Job Summary: Hot Air Balloon Pilot

Job Description

Hot air balloon pilots fly balloons in large open areas in the the tourist business or as a recreation activity. They maneuvers the hot air balloon by increasing and decreasing the height of the flame.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

The minimum age to become a student pilot is 14.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 50 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Travel, Remote, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Adventurous, Courageous, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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m='12660'>work</span> <span m='12890'>around</span> <span m='13120'>sunrise.</span> <span m='14020'>And</span> <span m='14320'>I</span> <span m='14440'>basically have</span> <span m='14610'>to be</span> <span m='14760'>like</span> <span m='14850'>a</span> <span m='14970'>little</span> <span m='15340'>junior</span> <span m='16149'>weatherman</span> <span m='16800'>as</span> <span m='16930'>well,</span> <span m='18410'>kind</span> <span m='18610'>of</span> <span m='18770'>an</span> <span m='18870'>amateur</span> <span m='19280'>weatherman,</span> <span m='19650'>because</span> <span m='19810'>we</span> <span m='19930'>read</span> <span m='20120'>our</span> <span m='20210'>weather</span> <span m='20680'>and</span> <span m='20800'>determine</span> <span m='21220'>whether</span> <span m='21440'>or</span> <span m='21470'>not</span> <span m='21720'>flying</span> <span m='21960'>conditions</span> <span m='22390'>are</span> <span m='22890'>permittable</span> <span m='23230'>or</span> <span m='23340'>not.</span> </p><p><span m='23590'>And</span> <span m='23910'>I</span> <span m='24050'>work</span> <span m='24220'>for</span> <span m='24360'>a</span> <span m='24400'>company</span> <span m='24750'>that</span> <span m='24940'>sells</span> <span m='25860'>commercial</span> <span m='26250'>hot</span> <span m='26430'>air</span> <span m='26510'>balloon</span> <span m='26770'>flights,</span> <span m='27020'>so</span> <span m='27640'>we</span> <span m='28010'>sell</span> <span m='28210'>rides.</span> <span m='28670'>We do</span> <span m='29000'>sight-seeing</span> <span m='29500'>tours.</span> <span m='30520'>And</span> <span m='30840'>so</span> <span m='31040'>safety</span> <span m='31410'>is</span> <span m='31540'>of</span> <span m='31660'>the</span> <span m='31890'>utmost</span> <span m='32189'>importance.</span> <span m='32689'>So</span> <span m='32840'>we</span> <span m='32930'>have</span> <span m='33090'>to</span> <span m='33560'>take</span> <span m='33740'>an exercise</span> <span m='34720'>into</span> <span m='35350'>play</span> <span m='35550'>with what</span> <span m='35700'>the</span> <span m='35780'>weather's</span> <span m='36080'>doing</span> <span m='36340'>and</span> <span m='36420'>what</span> <span m='36590'>we're</span> <span m='36760'>going</span> <span m='36840'>to</span> <span m='36880'>be</span> <span m='36980'>able</span> <span m='37110'>to</span> <span m='37170'>do</span> <span m='37290'>in a</span> <span m='37420'>hot</span> <span m='37630'>air balloon,</span> <span m='38000'>because</span> <span m='38100'>we're</span> <span m='38340'>really</span> <span m='38710'>limited</span> <span m='39140'>than</span> <span m='39250'>any</span> <span m='39480'>other</span> <span m='39650'>aircraft</span> <span m='40130'>as</span> <span m='40230'>far</span> <span m='40440'>as</span> <span m='40510'>what</span> <span m='40640'>we</span> <span m='40730'>can</span> <span m='40870'>do.</span> <span m='41100'>We're very</span> <span m='41290'>weather</span> <span m='41520'>sensitive.</span> <span m='42290'>So</span> <span m='42440'>that's</span> <span m='42580'>one</span> <span m='42710'>of</span> <span m='42750'>the</span> <span m='42810'>most</span> <span m='43020'>important</span> <span m='43420'>things</span> <span m='44270'>on</span> <span m='44460'>a</span> <span m='44510'>daily</span> <span m='44810'>basis</span> <span m='45220'>that</span> <span m='45580'>we</span> <span m='45700'>start</span> <span m='46000'>out</span> <span m='46150'>with.</span> </p><p><span m='46730'>And</span> <span m='47090'>also</span> <span m='47780'>what</span> <span m='47940'>we</span> <span m='48020'>have</span> <span m='48130'>to</span> <span m='48180'>do</span> <span m='48280'>is</span> <span m='48370'>determine</span> <span m='48750'>where</span> <span m='48900'>we're</span> <span m='48990'>going</span> <span m='49100'>to</span> <span m='49180'>launch</span> <span m='49480'>from</span> <span m='49790'>and</span> <span m='50030'>well as</span> <span m='50490'>where</span> <span m='50710'>we</span> <span m='50810'>want</span> <span m='50960'>to</span> <span m='51060'>end</span> <span m='51290'>up.</span> <span m='52260'>That</span> <span m='52310'>can</span> <span m='52430'>be</span> <span m='52580'>a</span> <span m='52600'>little</span> <span m='52700'>bit</span> <span m='52850'>different</span> <span m='53240'>from</span> <span m='53585'>day to day.</span> <span m='53930'>Some</span> <span m='54235'>days</span> <span m='54815'>the</span> <span m='55090'>situation</span> <span m='55560'>is a</span> <span m='55650'>little</span> <span m='55740'>bit</span> <span m='55830'>more</span> <span m='56000'>routine.</span> <span m='57240'>But</span> <span m='57550'>you</span> <span m='57700'>still have</span> <span m='57930'>to take</span> <span m='58110'>everything</span> <span m='58500'>into</span> <span m='58630'>the</span> <span m='58720'>heavy</span> <span m='58970'>consideration,</span> <span m='59600'>because</span> <span m='60020'>first</span> <span m='60280'>and</span> <span m='60350'>foremost</span> <span m='60720'>everyone's</span> <span m='60990'>safety's</span> <span m='61390'>involved and</span> <span m='61810'>stuff</span> <span m='62030'>like</span> <span m='62170'>that.</span> <span m='62360'>We</span> <span m='62460'>don't</span> <span m='62560'>want</span> <span m='62710'>people</span> <span m='62920'>getting</span> <span m='63060'>mad</span> <span m='63310'>at us.</span> </p><p><span m='64620'>Now on</span> <span m='64860'>a</span> <span m='64920'>weekly</span> <span m='65269'>basis</span> <span m='66150'>I</span> <span m='66260'>fly</span> <span m='66580'>probably</span> <span m='66990'>about</span> <span m='67240'>280</span> <span m='68020'>days</span> <span m='68350'>out</span> <span m='68450'>of</span> <span m='68490'>365</span> <span m='69760'>a</span> <span m='69790'>year.</span> <span m='70750'>We</span> <span m='71570'>have</span> <span m='71720'>a</span> <span m='71770'>slower</span> <span m='72640'>seasonal</span> <span m='73040'>time</span> <span m='73280'>in</span> <span m='73340'>the</span> <span m='73420'>wintertime,</span> <span m='74320'>and</span> <span m='74420'>that's</span> <span m='74560'>when</span> <span m='74670'>the</span> <span m='74740'>most</span> <span m='74990'>tricky</span> <span m='75280'>weather</span> <span m='75560'>comes</span> <span m='75840'>up</span> <span m='75990'>and</span> <span m='76060'>whatnot.</span> <span m='76250'>But</span> <span m='76430'>we</span> <span m='76570'>have</span> <span m='76680'>some</span> <span m='76790'>beautiful</span> <span m='77150'>days</span> <span m='77360'>that</span> <span m='77460'>we</span> <span m='77550'>fly</span> <span m='77850'>in.</span> <span m='79190'>And</span> <span m='79300'>there's</span> <span m='79480'>always</span> <span m='79710'>a</span> <span m='79750'>saying</span> <span m='80060'>is</span> <span m='80490'>we</span> <span m='80760'>can always</span> <span m='81040'>fly</span> <span m='81220'>tomorrow</span> <span m='81960'>if</span> <span m='82160'>we</span> <span m='82590'>can't</span> <span m='82810'>fly</span> <span m='82990'>today.</span> <span m='83590'>So</span> <span m='83870'>we</span> <span m='84040'>always</span> <span m='84430'>look</span> <span m='84560'>forward</span> <span m='84830'>to</span> <span m='84920'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='87270'>Now</span> <span m='87590'>my</span> <span m='87740'>career</span> <span m='88050'>path</span> <span m='88490'>actually</span> <span m='88900'>began</span> <span m='89400'>in</span> <span m='89500'>the</span> <span m='89580'>culinary</span> <span m='90050'>arts.</span> <span m='90420'>I</span> <span m='90590'>was</span> <span m='90820'>able,</span> <span m='91300'>as</span> <span m='91430'>a</span> <span m='91480'>young</span> <span m='91710'>man,</span> <span m='91910'>to</span> <span m='91950'>get</span> <span m='92120'>a</span> <span m='92160'>job</span> <span m='92510'>working</span> <span m='92920'>under</span> <span m='93760'>a</span> <span m='94530'>chef</span> <span m='94850'>instructor</span> <span m='95970'>that</span> <span m='96190'>owned</span> <span m='96360'>his</span> <span m='96520'>own</span> <span m='96760'>restaurant.</span> <span m='97090'>And</span> <span m='97720'>I</span> <span m='97830'>was</span> <span m='97980'>schooled</span> <span m='98390'>in</span> <span m='98500'>that</span> <span m='98820'>as</span> <span m='98980'>an</span> <span m='99070'>apprenticeship</span> <span m='100080'>and</span> <span m='100280'>got</span> <span m='100410'>a</span> <span m='100470'>degree</span> <span m='100750'>from</span> <span m='100870'>the</span> <span m='100960'>culinary</span> <span m='101410'>school</span> <span m='101730'>in</span> <span m='101780'>Hyde</span> <span m='101990'>Park,</span> <span m='102210'>New</span> <span m='102670'>York.</span> <span m='102890'>And</span> <span m='103060'>that</span> <span m='103100'>carried</span> <span m='103430'>me through</span> <span m='103760'>my</span> <span m='103890'>life</span> <span m='104180'>path for</span> <span m='104460'>about</span> <span m='104650'>25</span> <span m='105200'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='106090'>And</span> <span m='107020'>I</span> <span m='107150'>moved</span> <span m='107380'>to</span> <span m='107480'>Napa</span> <span m='107730'>Valley</span> <span m='108950'>in</span> <span m='109260'>probably</span> <span m='109800'>the</span> <span m='110490'>site</span> <span m='110900'>of</span> <span m='111230'>thinking</span> <span m='111560'>I</span> <span m='111600'>was</span> <span m='111760'>going</span> <span m='111860'>to</span> <span m='111910'>be</span> <span m='112260'>with</span> <span m='112890'>a</span> <span m='113090'>restaurant</span> <span m='113500'>here.</span> <span m='113770'>And</span> <span m='113980'>I</span> <span m='114030'>actually</span> <span m='114400'>did</span> <span m='114540'>get</span> <span m='114700'>a</span> <span m='114740'>job,</span> <span m='115490'>helped</span> <span m='116370'>a</span> <span m='116430'>guy</span> <span m='116640'>with</span> <span m='117060'>a</span> <span m='117210'>restaurant</span> <span m='117620'>in</span> <span m='117720'>Yountville</span> <span m='117960'>build</span> <span m='118220'>doing</span> <span m='118330'>some</span> <span m='118490'>catering.</span> <span m='119980'>And</span> <span m='120040'>I'd</span> <span m='120160'>been</span> <span m='120280'>here</span> <span m='120450'>about</span> <span m='120660'>three</span> <span m='120910'>weeks,</span> <span m='121430'>and</span> <span m='121730'>I</span> <span m='121770'>guess</span> <span m='121970'>the</span> <span m='122060'>weather</span> <span m='122310'>had</span> <span m='122430'>been</span> <span m='122520'>a</span> <span m='122570'>little</span> <span m='122760'>foggy.</span> <span m='123210'>And</span> <span m='123330'>what</span> <span m='123450'>the</span> <span m='123510'>balloon</span> <span m='123730'>companies</span> <span m='124110'>do is</span> <span m='124330'>they can</span> <span m='124510'>go</span> <span m='124630'>to an</span> <span m='124840'>alternative</span> <span m='125250'>spot</span> <span m='125550'>here</span> <span m='125680'>from</span> <span m='125790'>Napa</span> <span m='126050'>and</span> <span m='126270'>fly</span> <span m='126960'>in</span> <span m='127070'>another</span> <span m='127390'>area.</span> </p><p><span m='128380'>So</span> <span m='128530'>it was</span> <span m='128639'>a</span> <span m='128699'>clear</span> <span m='128940'>morning,</span> <span m='129289'>and I</span> <span m='129370'>was</span> <span m='129470'>just</span> <span m='129660'>at</span> <span m='129800'>home</span> <span m='130050'>looking</span> <span m='130270'>for</span> <span m='130380'>something</span> <span m='130620'>to</span> <span m='130699'>do</span> <span m='130900'>in</span> <span m='130970'>the</span> <span m='131039'>morning,</span> <span m='131370'>and</span> <span m='131450'>I</span> <span m='131500'>saw a</span> <span m='131690'>balloon</span> <span m='132040'>fly</span> <span m='132250'>by</span> <span m='132440'>the</span> <span m='132510'>house.</span> <span m='132880'>So I</span> <span m='133010'>just</span> <span m='133730'>said,</span> <span m='133930'>that</span> <span m='134080'>looks</span> <span m='134270'>like</span> <span m='134410'>it's</span> <span m='134560'>kind</span> <span m='134710'>of</span> <span m='134760'>interesting.</span> <span m='135230'>And</span> <span m='135370'>I</span> <span m='135430'>saw</span> <span m='136590'>where</span> <span m='136810'>it landed,</span> <span m='137280'>thought</span> <span m='137470'>might</span> <span m='137630'>be</span> <span m='137710'>a</span> <span m='137760'>little</span> <span m='137900'>precarious.</span> <span m='138520'>And</span> <span m='138600'>just</span> <span m='138800'>my</span> <span m='138910'>curiosity</span> <span m='139520'>struck</span> <span m='139840'>me.</span> <span m='139920'>And</span> <span m='140020'>I'm</span> <span m='140100'>sure</span> <span m='140320'>this</span> <span m='140510'>is</span> <span m='140610'>how</span> <span m='140760'>most</span> <span m='141170'>people</span> <span m='141900'>would</span> <span m='142200'>get</span> <span m='142370'>into</span> <span m='142680'>the</span> <span m='142750'>hot</span> <span m='142970'>air</span> <span m='143060'>ballooning</span> <span m='143490'>is</span> <span m='143610'>they'll</span> <span m='143800'>see</span> <span m='144060'>a</span> <span m='144100'>balloon</span> <span m='144910'>and</span> <span m='145200'>go</span> <span m='145330'>check</span> <span m='145650'>it</span> <span m='145730'>out.</span> </p><p><span m='146470'>And</span> <span m='146730'>I</span> <span m='146810'>actually</span> <span m='147140'>started</span> <span m='147400'>to</span> <span m='147500'>talk</span> <span m='147750'>to</span> <span m='147830'>the</span> <span m='147930'>person</span> <span m='148290'>in</span> <span m='148360'>the</span> <span m='148430'>balloon--</span> <span m='148820'>it was</span> <span m='148880'>a pilot--</span> <span m='149360'>and</span> <span m='149440'>just</span> <span m='149630'>to</span> <span m='149700'>see</span> <span m='149840'>how</span> <span m='149970'>do</span> <span m='150070'>I</span> <span m='150130'>get</span> <span m='150300'>on</span> <span m='150410'>board.</span> <span m='150730'>How</span> <span m='150830'>does</span> <span m='150970'>this</span> <span m='151110'>Work</span> <span m='151430'>what</span> <span m='151550'>goes</span> <span m='151790'>on?</span> <span m='152510'>And</span> <span m='152790'>he</span> <span m='152920'>was</span> <span m='153070'>asking</span> <span m='153350'>me</span> <span m='153480'>a</span> <span m='153520'>few</span> <span m='153730'>questions</span> <span m='154100'>about</span> <span m='154250'>how</span> <span m='154420'>I</span> <span m='154510'>got</span> <span m='154730'>to</span> <span m='154810'>where</span> <span m='154960'>he</span> <span m='155090'>was</span> <span m='155500'>and</span> <span m='156010'>what</span> <span m='156220'>not.</span> </p><p><span m='156430'>And I</span> <span m='156490'>guess</span> <span m='156960'>the</span> <span m='157120'>situation</span> <span m='157590'>we</span> <span m='157720'>just</span> <span m='157790'>kind</span> <span m='157940'>of</span> <span m='157980'>chatted</span> <span m='158430'>out a</span> <span m='158480'>little</span> <span m='158630'>bit.</span> <span m='158920'>And</span> <span m='159410'>one</span> <span m='159670'>thing</span> <span m='159850'>led</span> <span m='160030'>to</span> <span m='160130'>another, and</span> <span m='160470'>I</span> <span m='160570'>actually</span> <span m='160960'>helped</span> <span m='161970'>the</span> <span m='162180'>crew</span> <span m='163100'>that</span> <span m='163640'>was</span> <span m='163870'>the</span> <span m='164110'>deflation</span> <span m='164670'>crew, or</span> <span m='164930'>chase</span> <span m='165230'>crew,</span> <span m='165400'>to</span> <span m='166380'>deflate</span> <span m='166810'>the</span> <span m='166880'>balloon,</span> <span m='167160'>bring</span> <span m='167350'>it</span> <span m='167440'>down,</span> <span m='168140'>and</span> <span m='168380'>pack</span> <span m='168630'>it</span> <span m='168790'>on</span> <span m='168860'>the</span> <span m='168940'>truck.</span> <span m='169710'>And</span> <span m='170110'>I</span> <span m='170160'>just</span> <span m='170340'>kind</span> <span m='170430'>of</span> <span m='170490'>chatted</span> <span m='170840'>it</span> <span m='171030'>up</span> <span m='171170'>with</span> <span m='171290'>them</span> <span m='171500'>for</span> <span m='171620'>a</span> <span m='171660'>little</span> <span m='171870'>bit,</span> <span m='172200'>and</span> <span m='172410'>they</span> <span m='172560'>kind</span> <span m='172810'>of</span> <span m='172850'>a</span> <span m='172990'>roped</span> <span m='173430'>me</span> <span m='173620'>into</span> <span m='173810'>coming</span> <span m='174050'>and</span> <span m='174120'>filling</span> <span m='174430'>out</span> <span m='174510'>a</span> <span m='174560'>job</span> <span m='174850'>application.</span> </p><p><span m='175480'>And</span> <span m='176220'>they</span> <span m='176670'>actually</span> <span m='176970'>called</span> <span m='177220'>me</span> <span m='177280'>that</span> <span m='177440'>same</span> <span m='177690'>evening</span> <span m='178080'>because they</span> <span m='178220'>added</span> <span m='178540'>some</span> <span m='178680'>passengers</span> <span m='179200'>on</span> <span m='179450'>and</span> <span m='179560'>went</span> <span m='179720'>to</span> <span m='179860'>another</span> <span m='180170'>balloon.</span> <span m='180960'>And</span> <span m='181200'>there</span> <span m='181370'>I</span> <span m='181400'>was.</span> <span m='181720'>The</span> <span m='181800'>next</span> <span m='182010'>morning</span> <span m='182300'>I had</span> <span m='182400'>my</span> <span m='182530'>gloves</span> <span m='182920'>and</span> <span m='183190'>boots</span> <span m='183580'>on</span> <span m='184590'>before</span> <span m='184790'>the</span> <span m='184870'>sun</span> <span m='185110'>came</span> <span m='185370'>up</span> <span m='185530'>and</span> <span m='185830'>asked</span> <span m='186000'>them</span> <span m='186370'>what</span> <span m='186630'>I</span> <span m='186700'>needed</span> <span m='186870'>to</span> <span m='186930'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='188400'>And</span> <span m='188930'>I</span> <span m='188990'>just</span> <span m='189180'>kind</span> <span m='189380'>of</span> <span m='190340'>struck</span> <span m='190670'>an</span> <span m='190760'>interest</span> <span m='191640'>and</span> <span m='191860'>took</span> <span m='192200'>things</span> <span m='192560'>a</span> <span m='192610'>step</span> <span m='192910'>at</span> <span m='193000'>a</span> <span m='193060'>time.</span> <span m='194380'>And</span> <span m='194620'>it</span> <span m='195520'>kind</span> <span m='195680'>of</span> <span m='195740'>motivated</span> <span m='196320'>me.</span> <span m='196620'>I</span> <span m='196720'>saw</span> <span m='196960'>a</span> <span m='197000'>little</span> <span m='197160'>bit</span> <span m='197290'>about</span> <span m='197490'>what</span> <span m='197620'>it</span> <span m='197680'>was</span> <span m='197840'>about,</span> <span m='198400'>and</span> <span m='198760'>I</span> <span m='198830'>really</span> <span m='199020'>didn't</span> <span m='199330'>think</span> <span m='199520'>that</span> <span m='199640'>it</span> <span m='199690'>was</span> <span m='199850'>going</span> <span m='199970'>to</span> <span m='200030'>be</span> <span m='200590'>something</span> <span m='201130'>I</span> <span m='201200'>would</span> <span m='201370'>be</span> <span m='201580'>able</span> <span m='201810'>to</span> <span m='201910'>do,</span> <span m='202160'>for</span> <span m='202290'>one</span> <span m='202520'>thing.</span> <span m='203180'>It's</span> <span m='203440'>kind</span> <span m='203590'>of</span> <span m='203650'>limited</span> <span m='203980'>how</span> <span m='204090'>many</span> <span m='204270'>people</span> <span m='204560'>do</span> <span m='204780'>it.</span> <span m='205050'>But</span> <span m='206790'>the</span> <span m='207370'>steps,</span> <span m='207730'>just</span> <span m='207860'>took</span> <span m='207980'>it</span> <span m='208060'>one</span> <span m='208220'>step</span> <span m='208470'>at</span> <span m='208530'>a</span> <span m='208570'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='208850'>I</span> <span m='208890'>got</span> <span m='209070'>my</span> <span m='209170'>student</span> <span m='209490'>pilot's</span> <span m='209790'>license.</span> <span m='210770'>My</span> <span m='210930'>situation</span> <span m='211480'>was</span> <span m='211590'>they</span> <span m='211680'>were</span> <span m='211770'>willing</span> <span m='212130'>to</span> <span m='212190'>train</span> <span m='212530'>me</span> <span m='213250'>in</span> <span m='213380'>order</span> <span m='213560'>to</span> <span m='213690'>fly,</span> <span m='214100'>so</span> <span m='214840'>I</span> <span m='214960'>took</span> <span m='215150'>that</span> <span m='215390'>path.</span> <span m='215740'>There's</span> <span m='215890'>also</span> <span m='216300'>another</span> <span m='216560'>way.</span> <span m='216710'>You</span> <span m='216850'>could</span> <span m='216970'>actually</span> <span m='217210'>go</span> <span m='217390'>to</span> <span m='217500'>a</span> <span m='217560'>flight</span> <span m='217860'>school</span> <span m='218500'>and</span> <span m='218640'>learn</span> <span m='218830'>to</span> <span m='218890'>fly hot</span> <span m='219270'>air balloons</span> <span m='219620'>just</span> <span m='219870'>like</span> <span m='220050'>you</span> <span m='220160'>can</span> <span m='220940'>with</span> <span m='221090'>a</span> <span m='221130'>fixed-wing</span> <span m='221550'>aircraft</span> <span m='221940'>as</span> <span m='222040'>well.</span> <span m='222570'>And</span> <span m='222710'>it</span> <span m='222800'>goes</span> <span m='223010'>in</span> <span m='223090'>progressions</span> <span m='223660'>of</span> <span m='223760'>steps.</span> <span m='225130'>So</span> <span m='225440'>I</span> <span m='225560'>was</span> <span m='225680'>just</span> <span m='225820'>fortunate</span> <span m='226280'>enough to</span> <span m='226360'>have</span> <span m='226460'>these</span> <span m='226590'>guys</span> <span m='226800'>take</span> <span m='227000'>me</span> <span m='227130'>under</span> <span m='227340'>their</span> <span m='227470'>wing</span> <span m='227740'>and</span> <span m='228370'>teach</span> <span m='228630'>me to</span> <span m='229080'>fly</span> <span m='229375'>balloons.</span> </p><p><span m='231470'>Probably</span> <span m='231810'>the</span> <span m='232400'>one</span> <span m='232600'>thing</span> <span m='232730'>that</span> <span m='232840'>I</span> <span m='232880'>wish</span> <span m='233240'>that</span> <span m='233390'>I</span> <span m='233630'>knew</span> <span m='236430'>before</span> <span m='236860'>I</span> <span m='236890'>started</span> <span m='237200'>this</span> <span m='237340'>job,</span> <span m='237560'>that</span> <span m='237690'>I'd</span> <span m='237770'>be</span> <span m='238300'>going</span> <span m='238510'>to</span> <span m='238570'>sleep</span> <span m='238870'>early</span> <span m='239270'>to</span> <span m='239390'>get</span> <span m='239600'>up</span> <span m='239770'>early.</span> <span m='240840'>Because</span> <span m='241130'>most</span> <span m='241420'>of</span> <span m='241460'>my</span> <span m='241540'>life</span> <span m='242150'>was</span> <span m='242520'>late</span> <span m='242760'>nights.</span> <span m='243140'>I</span> <span m='243250'>was</span> <span m='243390'>a</span> <span m='243450'>restaurant</span> <span m='243860'>guy</span> <span m='244290'>late</span> <span m='244390'>nights,</span> <span m='244630'>so I</span> <span m='244980'>had to</span> <span m='245120'>flip-flop</span> <span m='245600'>my whole</span> <span m='245710'>life</span> <span m='246100'>around,</span> <span m='246850'>as</span> <span m='247060'>far</span> <span m='247240'>as</span> <span m='247320'>that</span> <span m='247450'>goes.</span> </p><p><span m='247630'>But</span> <span m='248920'>it</span> <span m='248950'>was</span> <span m='249320'>very</span> <span m='250110'>easy</span> <span m='250350'>to</span> <span m='250410'>do and</span> <span m='250580'>very</span> <span m='250770'>conducive.</span> <span m='251090'>It's</span> <span m='251410'>just</span> <span m='251570'>something</span> <span m='251720'>you</span> <span m='251820'>have</span> <span m='251910'>to</span> <span m='251990'>learn</span> <span m='252160'>to</span> <span m='252230'>make</span> <span m='252380'>adjustments,</span> <span m='252880'>and</span> <span m='253560'>you</span> <span m='254030'>teach</span> <span m='254260'>yourself</span> <span m='254610'>a</span> <span m='254690'>little</span> <span m='254900'>bit</span> <span m='255040'>different.</span> <span m='256470'>That's</span> <span m='256589'>about</span> <span m='256760'>the</span> <span m='256829'>best</span> <span m='257110'>I can</span> <span m='257260'>think</span> <span m='257480'>I</span> <span m='257519'>can</span> <span m='257660'>do</span> <span m='257810'>about</span> <span m='258019'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='260010'>For</span> <span m='260200'>advice</span> <span m='260570'>or</span> <span m='260640'>suggestions,</span> <span m='261220'>if</span> <span m='261329'>there's</span> <span m='261500'>anyone</span> <span m='261790'>that</span> <span m='261899'>would</span> <span m='261990'>like</span> <span m='262140'>to</span> <span m='262220'>take</span> <span m='262430'>that</span> <span m='262560'>career</span> <span m='262800'>path</span> <span m='263520'>to</span> <span m='263730'>become</span> <span m='264000'>a</span> <span m='264060'>pilot,</span> <span m='264490'>you</span> <span m='264820'>can</span> <span m='264980'>actually</span> <span m='265420'>go</span> <span m='265580'>right</span> <span m='265800'>down</span> <span m='266030'>to</span> <span m='266320'>any</span> <span m='266550'>local</span> <span m='266900'>small</span> <span m='267230'>airport</span> <span m='267960'>and</span> <span m='268130'>get</span> <span m='268280'>all</span> <span m='268460'>kinds</span> <span m='268710'>of</span> <span m='268770'>brochures</span> <span m='269200'>and</span> <span m='269300'>pamphlets</span> <span m='269770'>on</span> <span m='270090'>weather</span> <span m='270860'>and</span> <span m='271400'>also</span> <span m='271940'>on</span> <span m='272440'>flying</span> <span m='272970'>and</span> <span m='273180'>learn</span> <span m='275140'>what</span> <span m='275270'>steps</span> <span m='275560'>you</span> <span m='275660'>need</span> <span m='275810'>to</span> <span m='275870'>take</span> <span m='276190'>in</span> <span m='276270'>order</span> <span m='276510'>to</span> <span m='276600'>do</span> <span m='276800'>it.</span> <span m='276980'>As</span> <span m='277200'>far</span> <span m='277380'>as</span> <span m='277460'>a</span> <span m='277490'>hot</span> <span m='277770'>air</span> <span m='277850'>balloons</span> <span m='278220'>go,</span> <span m='279400'>you</span> <span m='279655'>can</span> <span m='279910'>go</span> <span m='280050'>on</span> <span m='280160'>the</span> <span m='280240'>web,</span> <span m='281100'>internet,</span> <span m='281857'>www.hotairballoning.com,</span> <span m='285260'>and</span> <span m='285550'>there's</span> <span m='285730'>various</span> <span m='286320'>other</span> <span m='286540'>sub websites</span> <span m='286820'>you</span> <span m='287250'>can</span> <span m='287440'>go</span> <span m='287640'>to</span> <span m='288310'>and</span> <span m='288780'>find</span> <span m='289000'>out about</span> <span m='289140'>balloon</span> <span m='289390'>events,</span> <span m='289760'>balloon</span> <span m='290580'>rallies</span> <span m='291040'>in</span> <span m='291220'>your</span> <span m='291410'>area,</span> <span m='291960'>or</span> <span m='292180'>commercial</span> <span m='292590'>balloon</span> <span m='292850'>companies</span> <span m='293250'>that</span> <span m='293360'>may</span> <span m='293480'>fly.</span> <span m='294130'>And</span> <span m='294280'>just</span> <span m='294460'>go</span> <span m='294560'>befriend</span> <span m='294950'>the</span> <span m='295020'>guy.</span> </p><p><span m='295630'>They're</span> <span m='295790'>always</span> <span m='296120'>looking</span> <span m='296310'>for</span> <span m='296430'>someone</span> <span m='296660'>to</span> <span m='296730'>help</span> <span m='296970'>out.</span> <span m='297560'>And</span> <span m='297815'>you</span> <span m='298070'>just</span> <span m='298310'>need to</span> <span m='298370'>show</span> <span m='298720'>a little</span> <span m='298810'>enthusiasm.</span> <span m='300380'>The</span> <span m='300470'>bigger</span> <span m='300680'>balloons</span> <span m='301010'>are</span> <span m='301070'>a</span> <span m='301110'>little</span> <span m='301270'>bit</span> <span m='301380'>of</span> <span m='301420'>hard</span> <span m='301620'>work,</span> <span m='301870'>but</span> <span m='302020'>it's</span> <span m='302180'>more</span> <span m='302360'>fun</span> <span m='302660'>than</span> <span m='303000'>it</span> <span m='303430'>is</span> <span m='303580'>work,</span> <span m='303850'>for</span> <span m='303970'>sure.</span> <span m='304750'>And</span> <span m='304930'>that's</span> <span m='305280'>one</span> <span m='305420'>thing,</span> <span m='305560'>if</span> <span m='305640'>you</span> <span m='305810'>really</span> <span m='306010'>enjoy</span> <span m='306360'>what</span> <span m='306500'>you</span> <span m='306590'>do,</span> <span m='306720'>you're</span> <span m='306930'>really not</span> <span m='307220'>working</span> <span m='307470'>at</span> <span m='307570'>all.</span> <span m='309010'>So</span> <span m='309410'>I'd</span> <span m='309510'>say</span> <span m='309660'>go</span> <span m='309800'>out</span> <span m='309930'>and</span> <span m='310000'>give</span> <span m='310140'>it</span> <span m='310180'>a</span> <span m='310200'>try</span> <span m='310460'>if</span> <span m='310520'>you</span> <span m='310590'>have</span> <span m='310720'>any</span> <span m='310850'>interest</span> <span m='311150'>in</span> <span m='311450'>that.</span> 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