So how do hot air balloon pilots know where to land? Sometimes they don't! They spend a lot of time looking for a place that will be sufficient for a safe landing.
What pilots are looking for is a space large enough to land and pack up their balloon, a place their chase vehicle and chase crew can access easily, few obstructions to make landing difficult (power lines that aren't in the way, no livestock to disrupt, no debris or obstacles that can make for a difficult landing). And friendly landowners, that makes for gold!
We love folks like the Lippards. They heard that laying out a white sheet is the sign to pilots that balloonists are welcome on their property and last year had their white sheet out starting during our media flight on Friday morning. Pilot Jeff Sweet saw that sheet Friday and went in for his landing. He didn't quite make the white sheet, but landed nearby. The Lippards greeted Jeff and his passenger (me!) warmly and went off to direct the chase crew where to find us. How great to land knowing you are welcome! How fun to land and be greeted by smiles and kindness.
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