Ballooning has to be one of the most picturesque and adventurous ways we have of flying. As far as displays of aviation beauty go, it's pretty difficult to top a fleet of multi-colored aircraft floating over the countryside on a clear day. As a glider pilot, I take a lot of pride in my ability to read the air and keep my plane aloft by working in harmony with the environment. I have to give more credit to balloonists though. They truly have to understand and work with the conditions around them to navigate safely, let alone getting somewhere on purpose.
I have to wonder why such a benign form of aviation scares JCM Farming so much that they've used lawsuits to put 13 ballooning companies out of business and are continuing to use legal scare tactics to bully aviators and neighbors in California's Coachella Valley.