Extreme Flight to Find a Cure
5th Annual Flight

         5th annual Extreme Flight to Find a Cure

    This year the flight had added a new feature. The Hormel Institute for Cancer Research/ Mayo Clinic in Austin Minnesota is partnering with the flight. They are a world class cancer research institutes. So this expanded the reach and awareness of the flight to people of Austin, Mn. and the awareness of the Hormel Institute to the ballooning world that I know. Jim Pearson and Rich Jaworski helped me with weather. As normal I patiently watched the weather until an opportunity for a flight to arise. The Sunday of February 5, 2017 showed promise. As Sunday drew closer the possibility got better and finally it was decided it was a GO. The launch site had been moving that week from Sioux Falls, S.D. to SW Iowa to SE Nebraska to Northern Missouri to finally Indianola, IA. So on Saturday before the flight I notified everyone to meet at the Indianola, IA. Balloon Field at 6:30 am for a launch from there. I knew the surface winds for launch and landing would be very good. I woke up at 3:30 am and found that Indianola would have low cloud ceilings until midmorning. After talking to my weather man Jim, we decided I should drive south to find sun. My ground team was Steve Metz,

Craig Swanson, Nathan & Tiffany Wheeldon and Elsie. Lucas Stephens, Katie Leveke and Rich Wheeldon followed behind for launch only. We left the field at 7:05 and drove south into Missouri and found sun. We went to Bethany, Mo. for launch. The winds were not bad. On the drive down we picked a high school for a launch site, arrived there and quickly set up. In a preflight conversation with Jim Pearson, he said to stay at about 7-9,000 ft. and fly due east for 2 hours then I can ascend. If I immediately ascended to 17,000 ft. I would fly towards St. Louis. As I flew the flight plan, I stayed between 7-9,000 ft. moving at speed not much faster than 42 mph for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Then I received a text from Jim and he said I could now climb because ST Louis now would not be a factor. I climbed to 10,000 feet and leveled off. This is when I read the names of Loved Ones. The names of people who have dealt with cancer, 59 names to be precise. After that I continued to ascend where I found a speed of 68 mph. As in previous flights, I climbed to see what speeds were up higher. As I climbed the speeds slowed down into the mid 50 mph’s. I decided to descend for the speeds were better at lower altitudes. For the next 2 ½ hours I flew between 12-14,000 ft. at speeds from 60-68 mph. Tanks 1-4 were now empty. I had been using tank 5 and when I changed to tank 6, I decided to descend and land. I text weather man Jim to ask for surface winds and he said they were 4-6 mph which I thought was great. I now was over Illinois as I started my descent. I was prepared for possible thermal activity so I approached the landing carefully. At 300 ft. above ground the speed was 4 mph. I had some VERY large farm fields to land in. I then descended for landing and saw the speed increase, from 5 to 9 mph at which I landed. It was a good stand up landing. I then called Elsie on the phone to ask how far away they were. She said 25 miles. So for the next 20 minutes I kept the balloon standing until the ground team arrived. I had landed in a corn field which had tall stalks. When the crew arrived they guided me to a soybean field where we laid the balloon down. Here are some of the stats. Distance-192 miles, Top Altitude-16,325 ft., Top Speed-68 mph, flight time 4 hours 15 minutes. The flight was a success and I was thrilled with the accomplishment. I had over 2,800 people watch the Facebook live video. The Hormel Institute addition was very good. Thank you to my wife Elsie, ground team and to all of you who support the flight.

    I am planning on the 6th annual Extreme Flight next winter and have already started collecting names to be flown on that flight. 

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 tecvisions@hotmail.com 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 (
tecvisions@hotmail.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,
(Memory of) Vincent Buckley-father, 
(Memory of) Nancy Burkett, (Memory of) Nancy Mary Jane Camp,
Connie C
arlton, Maggie Carlton, Holly Cretsinger, Helen Dahl, Chris Davidson, Cindy Davidson,
(Memory of) Loren D
eines, 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,
mory 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,
y 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) Gerry Prine,
emory of) Larry Rettele, (Memory of) Norma Riney, David Ross, Kathy Ross, (Honor of) Nina Sappington,
(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 Zimmerman.

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:
Names of Loved ones flown on the flight.

Janet Abney, Wanda Anthony, In loving memory of Justin Askins, Pete Asp, Kathleen Bosi, Christy Bottoni, Dorothy Brouillet, James Bucket, Vincent Buckley, Sara Coy, Andy Davis, Margaret Davis, Jeff Eicher, Jeanette Erickson, Tom Esser, Memory of Kathy Martz-French, Mary Beth Gierke, Harold Graves, Lucile Graves, Cheryl Ham, Melissa Hosey, Kathy Houdek, Shawn Jacques, Gary Johnson, Vernon Karsten, Chris Keefe, Sandy Knitt, Herb Kohlman, Carol Ann Lamberto, Jeff Laust, Honor of Wanda Manda, Adrien Mauerman, Memory of Dora Belle Martz, Honor of Fred Martz, Honor of Freda Martz, Memory of Joseph Martz, Memory of Thomas MArtz, Wanda Martz, Memory of Loan Mclravy, Memory of Jeanette Meyer, Mike McCordle, Aidan Murphy, Mike Nelson, Dan Paulsen, Lisa Powers, Jack Pratt, Gerry Prine, Larry Ramey, Mary Rose, Ken Ruth, Deb Scharf, Bill Schmitt, Janiis Simpson, Amy Stonemar, Curtis Stratmeyer, Honor of Zoe Wagner, David Watson, Erma Watson, Ryan Witte (Wit ee’).

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.
                                                                 - A Balloon Ride for one person at a 
                                                                   later date near our home base.
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.
                                                                  -A balloon rides for two people 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.
                                                                  -Two t-shirts
                                                                  -Autographed bottle of champagne & 
                                                                   photo of the pilot and crew from the

"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  
                                                                    appears on.
                                                                  -A balloon rides for four people 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.
                                                                  -4 T-shirts
                                                                  -Autographed bottle of champagne & 
                                                                    photo of the pilot and crew from the

If you would like to be a sponsor, contact us at tecvisions@hotmail.com
to help support this flight.

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".

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Full Name                                               Company (if a corporate sponsorship)

   _________________________              ___________________                                            
                 Donation Amount                                            Date

Do you need a tax deductible receipt? Y/N  _______________                                     

                                                 Name of your Loved Ones

                          Cancer Organization your donation will be directed toward.
                                           All undesignated donations will go to the Hormel Institute. 
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