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TAA Flies Lake Travis with CTBA Club


August 2.2009 -  TAA participated in the CTBA's annual Lake Travis Balloon Launch.  Lake water levels were down 45-69 feet, allowing Chameleon to land in what is now dry land at Jones Brothers Park in Jonestown.  The North Lake Travis Log ran an amazing photograph of Chameleon's landing on Page 8B of August 3, 2009 edition of the local newspaper.


TAA Featured by South Montgomery County Woodlands Chamber of Commerce


May.2009- A photographic image taken at TAA's balloon festival, held in conjunction with the grand opening of the Village at Creekside Park, was chosen as the cover photo for the 2009-2010 Living in Montgomery County magazine.  What an honor!


TAA Presents to Elementary Students


November.2008 -  TAA proudly presented to Mrs. Kleinpeter's  and Mrs. McCourth's literature classes at Covenant Academy in Cypress, Texas.   The Q&A & storytelling session followed the class reading "Twenty One Balloons" by William  Pene du Bois.


TAA Flies Albuquerque Fiesta Festival


October.2008 -  TAA's Chameleon balloon proudly flew at the Albuquerque Fiesta Festival, the world's largest balloon festival.  Approximately 650 balloons graced the skies, forming a patchwork of bright and beautiful colors and balloon styles in the morning and evening skies.  If you haven't yet attended Fiesta, you MUST put this on your "bucket list".


TAA Flies Plano Balloon Festival


September.2008 -  TAA's Chameleon balloon participated in the annual Plano Balloon Festival, which featured approximately 50 balloons.  The winds were unusually light this year and the balloons stayed in a beautiful mass over the suburbs of North Dallas.


TAA Flies Lake Travis with CTBA Club


August 2.2008 -  TAA's Chameleon balloon ascended into the sky and then floated gracefully over Lake Travis for the annual CTBA flight.  It is estimated that 500-1000 spectators came out for the annual event. 


LSHABA Elects Tibodeau as President


March.2008 -  TAA's Chief Pilot (Dale Tibodeau) was elected President of the Lone Star Hot Air Balloon Association for the 2008-2009.  Tibodeau pledged to step up educational programs LSHABA member meetings and to attempt to increase the presence of balloons in the greater Houston community.


Annual LSHABA Hot Air Ballooning Safety Seminar


March.2008 -  March 1, 2008 is the date of the annual hot air ballooning safety seminar, hosted by the Lone Star Hot Air Balloon Association.  The Safety Seminar will feature presentations from Don Picard, Rob Schantz, Tom Clutts, Tammy Haynes, and Phil Bryant and will additionally include panel discussions led by Austin Young, Joe Reynolds and Dan and Patty Lawlor .  TAA's Chief Pilot Dale Tibodeau served as one of the session organizers and he thus welcomes interested pilots/crew to send TAA requests for the agenda and registration forms.


Valentines Day Special


January.2008 -  TODO Magazine, a high-style magazine dedicated to the best of dining, shopping, sightseeing and services,  spotlighted Texas Air Adventures' Unforgettable Romance Package in it's list of most recommended Valentines Day gifts.  What an honor!


Grand Prize Winner -The Woodlands Showcase of Homes


January.2008 -  Susan Vreeland-Wendt, Director of Marketing for The Woodlands Development Company, named Ronna Hardage as the grand prize winner of a Texas Air Adventures Explorer Balloon Ride for 2 from West Houston.  Hardage was one of approximately 15,000 people that participated in the recent Village at Creekside Park tour of homes and registered for the wonderful give-aways donated by The Woodlands Development Company.


Featured Spotlight


December.2007 -  The December, 2007 "Around Town" column of The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes magazine featured a beautiful photo of TAA's Blew Bayou balloon and mention of TAA's role in the  dedication ceremony for the Village At Creekside Park.


Balloonmeister - The Woodlands Balloon Festival


October.2007 -  TAA was commissioned to host the first ever balloon festival at The Woodlands, Texas in conjunction with the grand opening of The Village At Creekside Park.  The festival, which was held October 19-20. 2007 featured the static display of six beautiful balloons.  The very special event also recognized the 33rd birthday of The Woodlands, a master planned community that was the vision of George Mitchell.


A Year of Beauty & Pageantry


October.2007 -  Texas Air Adventures proudly participated in five festivals in year 2007.  Those festivals included Plano, NASA Ballunar, Amarillo (Pirates of The Canyon), SugarLand and The Woodlands.


The Best of the Best


July.2007 -  Dale Tibodeau (TAA's chief pilot) was invited to compete with the top 50 pilots in the country at the BFA's annual national competition for the honor of representing the USA at the world ballooning competition.  Tibodeau scored 43rd in the 2007 competition - a feat that we were all quite proud of!


 Featured Speakers


February.2007 -  TAA's own Dale & Laura Tibodeau served as guest speakers for the LSHABA annual Safety Seminar.  Their speech discussed safe lifting and material handling techniques for balloonists.


Featured Photo's


November.2006 -  The Gas Division Newsletter (which is an official publication of the BFA Gas Division) featured photos from TAA's staff photographer in their November, 2006 newsletter (Volume 7, Issue 3) article on "America's Challenge 2006". 


 Our New Cover Girl


August 23.2006 -  Houston Chronicle feature reporter Natalie Torentinos and photographer Meenu Bhardwaj recently experienced hot air ballooning Texas Air Adventures style.  Natalie chronicled her experience in Section E of the August 23, 2006 edition of the Chronicle (also available online at  Houston Chronicle Feature Story).  We were simply awed by Natalie's thoughtful description of the experience and Meenu's gorgeous photographs. 


Docking With The Space Shuttle


August 9.2006 - The Houston Chronicle Style & Living Flyer featured a beautiful picture of TAA's Blew Bayou balloon "docking with an inflatable space shuttle".  The image was taken during a competition event at a previous Ballunar Festival & is part of an awareness campaign for Ballunar, 2006.


Children are our Future


July 20.2006 - Tyler TV Station KLTV featured interviews with two of the TAA junior balloonist crew members (Cassidy and Allison) who participated in the BFA's annual Summer Balloon Camp held in Tyler, Texas July 16-20.  TAA was well represented at the BFA Ballooning Youth Camp with four volunteer Youth Camp Counselors and five campers.  For online registration forms for the 2007 BFA Ballooning Youth Camp see:  BFA Camp Registration Form 


Local Realtor Celebrates Her Birthday TAA Style


July 15.2006 - Al Jimenez recently surprised his wife Rosa with a wondrous TAA hot air balloon birthday ride package.  Rosa (a top producing realtor with MyLocalRealty.Com) so loved the experience that she created a webpage spotlighting the photo's from the experience.  Please enjoy this link to images from her special day.


 What An Honor!


June, 2006.  AirTran Airways named Texas Air Adventures balloon flight packages as the #4 US outdoor adventure in the June, 2006 issue of their online travel magazine!  We are so honored to be listed in such fine company.  Thank-you to whoever nominated us!


 Into The Wind


February 12.2006 - Chris Page, an IT Consultant turned independent movie producer & director debuted his first film "Into the Wind" at the Santa Barbara Film Festival (and then Houston Chronicle Worldfest) to great reviews.  We could not have been prouder that his documentary film featured footage of our beautiful Blew Bayou balloon or that he has won so many acclaimed honors.  Way to go, Chris!


Richmond State School Balloon Glow


December 14.2005 - The Fort Bend Herald Newspaper featured a photograph of Texas Air Adventures' Blew Bayou balloon during the evening balloon glow held in conjunction with the Richmond State School's annual parade of lights display.  We were happy to do our part supporting this great cause for the mentally ill.


 Making Wishes Come True


December 3.2005 - Texas Air Adventures proudly participated in Hamilton Metals 2005 Make-A-Wish Christmas party to benefit children who are terminally ill.  It was a very special day and we were happy to do what we could to help.


 The Gift of Giving


October 3 to December 10, 2005 - Over the past few months, we all witnessed the devastation left by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Amateur radio operators across the United States have teamed with the Salvation Army to get new toys to children of the Gulf Coast left in need by nature's fury.

TAA sent sent a few of our Hallmark bears (the same ones used in our Unforgettable Package) to the ARRL toy drive for those in need.  We urge you to also do what you can for this important cause.  New toys should be sent to:

ARRL Toy Drive/ Salvation Army

1775 Moriah Woods Blvd - Suite 12

Memphis, TN 38117=7125


 Inspiring Our Nation's Future Aviators


November 30.2005 - Career counselor Sylvia Harris thanked the Texas Air Adventures Staff for their participation in WI Stevenson Middle Schools' 2005 Career Day.  

WI Stevenson Middle School is an HISD math and science magnet school.  Sylvia organizes the Career Day each year as a way to introduce her school's middle school students to possible career opportunities.  We appreciated the opportunity to talk to Sylvia's students about careers in aviation and the benefits and challenges of owning one's own business. 


She's Here...


August, 2005 - Texas Air Adventures introduced the the newest hot air ride balloon for commercial passenger rides in the Houston area in August, 2005.  She was named "Chameleon" since her coloration is different from every viewing perspective.  She is an absolutely beauty and we can't wait for you to see her!  Lindstrand Inflation Photo


In Support of Hot Air Ballooning


Texas Air Adventure's Chief Pilot was elected as the Secretary of the Lone Star Hot Air Balloon Association of Houston for year 2005-2006 and 2006-2007.  Dale hope's to help rekindle the spirit of the LSHABA.  If you have interest in joining the LSHABA (or in becoming a volunteer crew member), please call Texas Air Adventures at 281-379-3165.


  In Tribute


Paul Nering, a volunteer crew member for Texas Air Adventures, passed away February 12, 2005 after a two-week stay in intensive care at Memorial City Hospital.  Paul will long be remembered for his quick/dry wit and his love of everything to do with aviation, but especially his engineering career supporting NASA's space programs, his service as a fixed-wing flight instructor, and his presence in the Houston hot-air balloon community.  Our well wishes extend to his wife (Joan) and daughter (Dale) during this most difficult time.


Our Citizenship in Action


Let's Elevate The Houston Community

Texas Air Adventures served as the feature entertainment for Conoco Phillips' 2004 United Way pledge drive kick-off on their Houston campus.  We appreciated the opportunity to be part of this worthwhile event & hope that our gift contribution motivated others to also generously contribute.


Sharing the Art of Flying With Potential Future Aeronauts

Texas Air Adventures served as the feature presentation of the August,2004 Civil Air Patrol (Thunderbird Composite Squadron) meeting.  Our chief pilot instructed the cadets on the how-to's of flying a lighter than air aircraft (hot air balloon) and then gave tethered rides to the entire squadron.  More About CAP Demo


Making a Difference For The Breast Cancer Foundation

Texas Air Adventures, LLC proudly donated one hot air balloon ride to the 2003 Southwest Flying Club Charity Banquet/Silent Auction held in October.  The money raised at this year's silent auction was donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. 


In the News

Texas Highways Magazine

Once honored, twice proud.  We were certainly surprised, honored, and very proud to find our "Blew Bayou" balloon featured within the August, 2004 edition of Texas Highways Magazine.  Texas Highways August, 2004 - Up, Up, & Away


The Balloon Federation of America (BFA) featured a picture of Texas Air Adventures' balloon in it's December, 2003 magazine article about the 2003 Ballunar Festival (held annually in Clear Lake, Tx).  We sure appreciated the nice reference!


Texas Highways Magazine

We were certainly honored when our "Blew Bayou" balloon was featured on the August, 2002 cover of Texas Highways Magazine.  What an amazing surprise it was to see our balloon featured on the cover of one of our favorite magazines!


Hot Air Balloon Affiliations


Our Cover Girl

The Houston Chronicle featured our beautiful Chameleon in Section E of the August, 23, 2006 paper. 

Link to Chronicle Story


Texas Air Adventures, Houston, Tx  /  Phone:  281.379.3165  /  Email us at:  Info@TexasAA.Com

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