5th Annual Flight
The flight will take place sometime between December 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. Please consider honoring someone who has dealt with cancer. You will be able to follow the flight by clicking on a link a few paragraphs below. This year the Hormel Institute for Cancer Research will be partnering with the flight. The Hormel Institute has been in business for over 70 years and is a cutting edge research institute with world class scientists using state of the art technology. Consider designating your donation for the Hormel Institute at the bottom of this page. Go to the bottom of this page to donate and submit the name of a loved one who has dealt with cancer.
Win a HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE for two.
The highest donor above $100 to the 5th annual Extreme Flight will receive a hot air balloon ride for two people. The donation must be received within 24 hours after the day of the flight. I will notify everyone by my Facebook account (Tim Cloyd). So if you are not a friend, please send a friend request. Understand the winner will take their flight in the Central Iowa area.
How it All Began After flying 3 long distance flights over 100 miles each in distance including a 238 mile flight, I realized I would be flying more of these kind of flights and I wanted to do them for a cause. Since cancer affects everyone in one way or another, the cause I chose was cancer. I have a personal connection as well. A crew member of mine that crewed on the very first flight of my very first balloon, passed away in 2009 from cancer. Another crew member battled cancer twice in her life and survives to keep fighting.
"1st Flight Ever" I am the first pilot EVER to fly a flight of this kind. That is, a long distance high altitude hot air balloon flight for a charity. I can't explain why no one else has before but I am thankful that I was given the ability to do the flight. A flight of this magnitude demands special training and planning. I have taken specialized high altitude chamber training and have developed equipment and procedures to help me survive the extreme cold temperatures. I need oxygen to survive the flight and will experience very cold temperatures, but what I go through is insignificant compared to what cancer patients go through.
Lifting up a Loved One
We all know someone with cancer. You can honor a Loved One through this flight. With a minimum of a $10 donation, I will take the name of your loved one on the flight. Here is how it works. Follow directions on how to donate at the bottom of this page. If you use the form at the bottom of this page, fill in the name of your Loved One on the appropriate line. If you donate through PayPal then send me the name of your Loved One through email at firstname.lastname@example.org to be aboard the next flight. If you have a story about your Loved One, send it also and I will take the story on board also.
The Plan: "Extreme Flight to Find a Cure"
Hot Air Balloon pilot Tim Cloyd will conduct a solo long distance high altitude flight between December 2016 and March 2017. There will be one flight on one day launching from somewhere in the Midwest. When the conditions are right, Tim will cruise at altitudes up to 17,000 feet at speeds reaching 100 mph. He hopes to make the flight between 100-400 miles. This is a high risk flight and Tim will be required to use portable oxygen and special clothing to survive the extreme altitudes and cold temperatures. Tim is flying for all the cancer patients who fight for their lives. He will endure the discomfort because it is far less than the suffering cancer patients face every day; flying the "Extreme Flight to Find a CURE".
TEC Visions has partnered with several cancer organizations for Tim's long distance flight.
Consider becoming a donor or a sponsor.
Tim will notify everyone through email and facebook up to four days before and up to the "Go/No-Go" decision. If you want to receive these notifications, become Tim's friend on Facebook, like Tecvisions Balloon Rides on Facebook, or send him an email (email@example.com). The public will be able to follow Tim live on this journey by clicking here - TRACK TIM'S FLIGHT.
The live tracking device helped people from in the United States and around the world follow the flight as it happened.
1st Annual Flight:
The first annual Extreme Flight To Find A Cure was a success. On January 26, 2013, I flew 155 miles for
4 hours, 8 minutes with a top altitude of 17,596 ft. and the top speed was 51 mph. Launch took place near Altoona, IA. and landed near Macomb, IL. Winds at both launch and landing were lite, only 3 mph. I had a very large team to help with launch and the ground team was at landing. This flight raised over $9,000.
Watch the WHO-TV 13 News story about Tim's Extreme Flight to Find a Cure!
2nd Annual Flight:
The flight was flown on February 22, 2014. I launched from the Chillicothe, Mo. airport and flew 167 miles and landed near Mt. Sterling, IL. It was a 6 hour flight that reached a top altitude of 11,146 ft. with a top speed of 59 mph. Winds at launch were 2 mph and the excellent ground team greeted Tim in a 5 mph landing. The tracking device once again worked wonderfully so people could follow the flight live. Viewership doubled from last years flight. This flight raised $6,100.
3rd Annual Flight
On January 10, 2015 this flight was completed and exceeded all expectations. I flew 413 miles from the Ashton Observatory near Baxter, Iowa to near Peru in Northern Indiana. The Duration was nearly 6 hours and I reached a top speed of 83.5 mph. Also a top Altitude of 17,900 was achieved. At launch the temperature was -6 degrees and it never climbed above +10 degrees. I flew 114 names of Loved Ones and below you can view a list of the names.
The following are the names of Loved Ones that were flown on this flight. Jerry Allen (Brother), John Allen (Dad), Tom Allen (Self), Robert Arnold, Mary Aumer (Memory of), Paul Aumer (Memory of), Todd Babberl (Honor of),
Alan Bachanen, Anita Benefield (Honor of), Russ Bentley (Honor of), Joanna Berneche, Linda Blackedge,
Judy Blake, Tom Blake, Kathleen Bosi, Arnold Bradshaw, Gary Bradshaw, Cheryl Brewer,
Dorothy Brouillet (Memory of Mother), Vincent buckley (Memory of Father-in-law), Nancy Burkett,
Connie Carlton (Sister-in-law), Ed Chapman, Alsenior Childress, Ron Cloyd (Memory), Danny Cochran (Memory), Michelle Condrady-Brown (Sisrter), Janice Couch, Crew Chief of the Energiner Bunny Balloon, Laurence Davis,
Jerry DeVan, Sherilyn Durning, Roy Lee Dunn, Jeanette Erickson (Memory of), D.J. Esley, Tom Esser,
Anne Falken, Myron Falken, Edith Ferring, Juanita Fischer, Anne Flaten, Ray Frazier Jr., Kathy Martz French,
Joe Gavin, Pat Gibbs, Roger Garmon, John Goda, Everlyn Gordley, Ralph Graham, Dan Gran,
Debbie Hammargren (Memory of ), Donna Hammes, Sandy Hicks, Debi Kaad, John Kaley, Chris Keefe, Kris Klop, Muffy Klug, Herb Kolman, Alecia Kramer, Mary Laborde (Honor of), Albert Lane (Grandfather),
Marilyn LaPointe (Memory of), Irene Elizabeth Leach, George A. Lehman, Wanda Mahan, Dora Belle Martz,
Fred Martz, Freda Martz, Joseph Martz, Thomas, Martz, Don Mayhen, Natasha McDonald (Niece), Delbert Mills, Marilyn Mills, Helen Minor, Dorethea Moser, Gary Naugle Sr., Duncan Nelson, Hazel Irene Norris, Horace Orr, Amanda Ostrem (Great Niece), Cindy Petrehn, Gerry Prine (Honor of), Allen Read, Bobbi Repp, Norma Riney,
Wes Rinker, Larry Roberts, David Rogers, Virginia Runningen, Nina Sappington, Susan Schettler, Ron Schiltz, Lorna Schmidt, Barbara Singleton (Memory of), Clark Singleton (Memory of), Miriam Spannaus (Sister-in-Law), Patricia Sheehan, Dianne Smith, Marie Spence, Kay Starbeck (Memory of), Bill Strange, Richard Stratton,
Jean Tierney (Mom), Patti Todden, Mr & Mrs Tomkins, Donald M. Vish (Husband & Brother-in-Law),
Edwina Wilson (Honor of), Barbara West, Melvin Wilson (Memory of), Ann Wright, Barb Young
Below is a video from the flight.
4th Annual Flight:
The flight was flown on January 30,2016 with a distance of 105 miles achieved. The 2 hour 24 minute flight reached an top altitude of 17,604 feet and a top speed of 68 MPH. Both launch and landing wind speeds were under 5 MPH. My launch was once again from the Ashton Observatory near Baxter, Iowa and landed near West Liberty, Iowa. It was a beautiful day for the flight. Temperature at launch was 32 degrees and at altitude it did get down to zero but even at that temperature is still can be warm as you will see in the second video below. On this flight I took a passenger. Her name is Aimee Wetzel Luhrs and she experienced a great memory.
I flew 79 names of Loved Ones on this flight and below are the names. Katherine Arment, Robert
Arnold, Annette Ashley, (Honor of) Yvonne Ball, (Honor of) Joanne Berneche, Bob Book, Glenn Book, (Honor of) Cheryl Brewer, (Memory
of) Dorothy Brouillet-mother, (Honor of) Alan Buchana,
of) Vincent Buckley-father, (Memory of) Nancy Burkett, (Memory of) Nancy Mary
Connie Carlton, Maggie Carlton, Holly Cretsinger, Helen Dahl, Chris
Davidson, Cindy Davidson,
(Memory of) Loren Deines, Cecilia Dougherty, (Memory
of) Evelyn Dreckman, (Memory of) Jeanette
Erickson, Debbie Everhart, (Honor of) Mary Foster, (Memory of) Joe Gavin, Eldon
Greenwood, Chuck Gutterridge, (Memory of) Jill Hatfield,
Marty Hook. (Honor of) Josephine
Kelly, Herb Kohlman, Chris Kreps,
(Memory of) Lawrence
Jordan, (Memory of) Marjorie Jordan, (Memory of) George A.
Lehman, Ellie Loehr,
Jeff Lungner, Elmer “Salty” McAferty,
Marilyn McCrory, (Honor of) Wanda Mahan, Elaine Maifeld,
(Memory of) Don Marquardt,
(Memory of) Dora Bella Martz, (Honor of) Fred Martz, (Honor of) Freda Martz, (Memory of) Joseph Martz, (Honor of) Kathy
Martz-French, (Memory of) Thomas Martz, (Memory of) Kevin Mote, (Honor
of) Deidra Murry, (Memory of) Lillian Neyens, Beth Owens, Toa Powers, (Honor of)
(Memory of) Larry Rettele,
(Memory of) Norma Riney, David Ross, Kathy Ross, (Honor of) Nina
(Honor) Patty Sheehan, (Honor of) Chris Sparks, (Honor of) Marie
Spence, Natasha Story, Bill Strange, Caroline Sykes, (Honor of) Patti Todden, (Honor
of) Mary Turner, (Honor of) Janel Twehous, Don Vish, Micheal Vish, (Honor of) Barb West, Martha
Woolsey, (Honor of) Ann Wright, Ray Wright, Tim Wunder, Beulah Wunder, (Honor of) Barb Young, (Honor of) Janice Kay
The following were sponsors of this flight. Edward Jones of Franklin, Wi., Country Propane of Milo, Ia.,
Air Gas of Des Moines, Ia.
Below is the video of the reading of the Loved Ones Names.
Below is a video of Aimee and I having lunch at above 16,000 feet.
Here I am using oxygen as I am flying above 14,000 feet, a requirement of the Federal Aviation Administration.
This is Aimee and I during the high altitude portion of the flight.
Time to sit and rest a bit.
5th Annual Flight:
This coming flight will be one flight sometime between December 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. I am happy to announce that the Extreme Flight to Find a Cure is now partnering with the Hormel Institute for Cancer Research of Austin, MN. Hormel Institute is a world recognized leader in the scientific field for cancer research. They are making progress against cancer through cutting-edge research involving world-class scientists, state-of-the art technology and global collaborators. Hormel Institute has it's work consistently published in the world's leading scientific journals.
Donations and Sponsorship:
The reason for the long distance flight is to raise donations for cancer research. Below is where you submit the name of your loved one. You can click the PayPal/ credit card link below to donate.
If you wish to support cancer research on behalf of TEC Visions, you can do so in one of several ways:
You can be a sponsor at one of three different levels: 1. "Basket" $250.00 -1 T-shirt
- Autographed bottle of
champagne & photo of the pilot and
crew from the flight.
2."Burner" $500.00 -Company name on t-shirt and
all printed material, (excluding
basket banner & chase vehicle).
-Mentioned in all media that the
pilot appears on.
-Chance to win two balloon rides at a
later date near our home base.
-Invitation to become part of the
"Glorious Drifters" ground team for
a flight at a later date.
-Autographed bottle of champagne &
photo of the pilot and crew from the
3."Envelope" $1,000.00 -Company logo on the back of all t-shirts
-Company logo printed on all material.
-Company logo on the chase vehicle.
-Mentioned on all media that the pilot
-Chance to win four balloon rides at a
later date near our home base.
-Invitation to become part of the
"Glorious Drifters" ground team
for a flight at a later date.
-Autographed bottle of champagne &
photo of the pilot and crew from the
Or you can donate. Common amounts to donate are $10, $20, $50, $100. But we will accept other amounts.
To donate for the Extreme Flight, send a check to TEC Visions at...
TEC Visions - Charity Balloon Flight
8725 SE 13th Ave
Runnells, IA 50237
In addition, you can donate directly to TEC Visions through the PayPal link below.
These donations will be sent to the cancer organization of your choice as designated below. TEC Visions is a 501c3 non profit and donations are tax deductible. A list of cancer organizations donated to is available upon request.
If you decide to send a check, please print this page, cut out the portion below, and fill in the blanks at the bottom to send with your check. Also on the memo line write in "Balloon Flight".