Buddy writes: I became a private pilot in 1986 and a commercial pilot in 1989. I have over 660 hrs of flight time. My wife and I live North Carolina(NC), USA. We got into ballooning to share our sport with those that may never have the opportunity to get close to a balloon otherwise. We visit schools and allow the children to come up ask question, touch the balloon and at times do tethers for them. We also take our balloon to Paul Newman’s Victory Junction Camp in Randleman, NC and share our balloon with the handicap children that visit the camp over 6 weeks in the summer each year. Normally we carry 3 of our grandchildren with us when ballooning, the oldest wants to become a pilot and we’re starting to work on getting her certified. We’re glad to be able to participate in your balloon rally.