Steve Lacroix, first became involved in ballooning in 1989 when his
Commercial Pilot cousin, Jeff ask him to come help with some flights in
CA. After his first flight experience, and seeing the joy that the
balloons created with people he realized that this was sport he wanted
to become active in. After many years of crewing for other pilots, in
2003, his dream of becoming a pilot was realized.
Many flights as the pilot
and further training has earned him, his Commercial
Pilot License and now
he can share his love of flying with others. Steve is a
drywall finisher by trade when
he's not following his passion of
Scenic Breeze over Lake Flanagan
Our balloons are FAA
registered aircraft which is officially inspected annually. Care is
taken to maintain their excellent airworthiness status.
We currently have 2 balloons:
it holds 106,800 cu.ft. of air built by Kubicek Balloons of the Czech
Republic. This one is made to look like the previous 2 we had made to
which holds 142,000 cu.ft. of air when inflated. It's basket holds 7 passengers + pilot.
Someone trying to explain the size in
comparison to understandable terms as: Imagine trying to put 142,000
basketballs inside the envelope that is how big it is. It stands about
80 feet tall and manufactured by Kubicek Balloons.
Designed by Steve from a balloon template and colored by crayons and was
built by National Balloons in Winterset, IA. It held 105,000 cu.ft. of
air. We retired this balloon in 2020 after flying it since April of
named for Steve’s love of the
sport, and it's fuel source it was an Aerostar RX8, holding 90,000 cu.
ft. of air, but was retired in 2011.
was a 77,500
cu. ft. envelope built by Ken Kennedy of Broken Bow, NE and was Steve's
first balloon. It was sold to a student pilot and now is retired from
Elane is the chief driver of
the chase vehicle and has spent many years as chase crew after an
introduction to hot air balloon flying in Colorado Springs in
1993. She enjoys seeing others get to experience the joy of flight in a
Our crew consists of many people
in the area that enjoy being outdoors and helping with the set up, chase
and pack up of the balloons. Many are members of the Nebraska
Balloon Club. (www.NebraskaBalloonClub.org)