. . . to Commune With the Wind.
First Hot-Air Balloon crossing of the Mission Mountain range Nov. 1982
MOUNTAIN BUTTERFLY (the hot-air balloon, and the operation) started in Missoula, Montana in 1982. We are now located in Stevensville, MT.
Pertinent hot-air balloon flight experience:
Western Montana -- The region that includes; Sula, Whitefish, Big Fork, Helmville and Philipsburg
Billings and Bozeman
Wyoming ------------- Casper, Jackson Hole, Riverton and Sheridan
California ------------- From Lake Tahoe (Squaw Valley)to:Truckee, Reno, Carson City Minden, Sierraville, Beckwourth, Chilcoot
Napa Valley, and north 'Central Valley'
Michigan -------------- South-east Michigan and North-west Ann Arbor region
North Dakota ------- Grand Forks
Maximum hot-air balloon altitude attained during a passenger flight:16,350ft. 10/82 (Missoula to Ovando)
Maximum hot-air balloon velocity during a passenger flight: 83kts 01/92 (Lolo Pass to Stevensville Airport)
Our pilots are FAA certified and licensed for commercial hot-air balloons, subject to all applicable Federal Aviation Regulations. Hot-air Balloons are
Registered Federal Aircraft. inspected annually by a certified representative of the FAA.
the 'Mountain Butterfly' over the Blackfoot River...where a 'River Runs Through It.'