by Betsy Natter
Thinking of trying something new this fall? Consider looking to the skies for your next adventure. Get behind the controls of a Cesna and buzz over your house, drift lazily over the rolling fields of northern Montgomery County in a colorful balloon or gaze heavenward into the starry night to catch a glimpse of planets and meteors. Whatever your fancy, local groups offer flight lessons, hot air balloon rides and star-gazing outings to keep you looking up whether your feet are on or off the ground!
Limerick Flight Center – Flight lessons
3310 West Ridge Pk. Pottstown, Pa 19464
Instructors at the Limerick Flight Center have been teaching students to become safe and experienced pilots for over 30 years. Whether you want to fly as a hobby or pursue a career the center has training options for you including the use of a FAA approved Flight Simulator. Contact James Rouiller at 610-495-6366 or Richard Jones at (610) 495-5111 for more information.
Sky Riders Balloon Team – Hot Air Balloon Rides
Trappe Tavern, Collegeville, PA
Rising slowly from the ground and then drifting over the fields and farms of Montgomery County in the quiet gentle air is truly a breathtaking experience. Sky Riders offers experienced pilots and conscientious ground crews to ensure your safety and a completely rewarding experience. Flights are scheduled for time and days when the weather is optimal to ensure longer rides. Take part in the set up and enjoy the traditional champagne toast when you safely touch down. Call 484-744-3161 for rates and to schedule a flight.
The United States Hot Air Balloon Team – Hot Air Balloon Rides
The Pottstown Municipal Airport
1149 Glasgow St., Pottstown, PA 19464
Local affiliates of the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team launch from the Pottstown Airport. Join the ground crew to inflate the balloon, climb aboard and drift westward into beautiful Chester or Berks counties and enjoy the countryside as you’ve never seen it before. Make new friends as you touch down and locals run out to greet the magnificent balloon as it descends. Gift certificates are available for special occasions or gifts and can be upgraded to be used anywhere in the country with a participating team. Call 800-763-5987 for pricing and more details.
Green Lane Park – Star and Night Sky Watch
2005 Knight Rd., Green Lane, PA 18054
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground and look up to the heavens then join the Bucks-Mont Amateur Astronomers for an evening of star-gazing on Thur. Sept. 1 between 7:30 -8:30 pm at Green Lane Park. Club members will have telescopes available for your use and can answer questions about what can be seen in late summer’s night sky. Meet in Red Trail Parking lot on Knight Road. The event is free. Rain or cloud cover date is Sat. Sept. 3 at 7:30 pm.