Who we are

 Our website address is: https://Balloons-andBeyond.com.  We are part of a network of sites promoting the "Art of Aerostation"  We are a family friendly site for the Hot Air Balloonist Enthusiast.  Our intent is to support the world of hot air ballooning with products and services that promote the safety and enjoyment of the Balloonist.  Our network of sites include the following.


As a customer on this site you may have privileges to create and post reviews and other comments.  These items are reviewed by the moderators before being posted on the public side of the site.

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.  Your media will become the property of Aviation-Ranch.com.  We reserve the right to use your images and media for any reasons we should find appropriate.  Please upload only media you have taken personally.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.  The information you provide in a post, comment or review will be available for viewing by any visitors to the site.  Please keep your postings and calendar events in a proper public manor.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.  Calendar events expire when the event date has past.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where your data is sent

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.  The site moderator shall also have the rights to alter, edit or delete any comments that may be offensive or improper.

Welcome to our site.

When you create an account you become a member on the site. We value all our balloonist brethren.  We look forward to serving you in any way we can.  This site has been created and many of the products within have been created with 50 years in the balloon industry.  This site and the content of this site is the result of the knowledge and tireless efforts of Jeff A Thompson.  If you have any issues or troubles of any kind feel free to contact him directly.  His email is Jeff@Balloons-andBeyond.com

Fly well, Have FUN & BE SAFE!