Team Building at
Looking for something to challenge your staff and encourage “out of
the Box” thinking while promoting teamwork? Tired of all of the
normal hum drum conference style workshops?
Here is the team building experience you
have been looking for.
Thompson Aire Inc is offering a new
style of team building your staff will still be talking about a year
Imagine driving your car with no
brakes, no control over the speed of the car and a 30 second delay on
the steering wheel. That is what it takes to fly a balloon.
Now imagine trying to hit your driveway. What a challenge!....
HOT AIR BALLOON:
Flight planning team building.
Each balloon team
will consist of a minimum of two (2) and maximum of four (4) persons.
will try to plan a hot air balloon flight. From launch to landing.
team will be provided the latest weather information as well as
identical area maps of launch and landing areas.
the information provided each team will try to choose launch and
landing sites for that morning’s flight. Teams will also try to make
the flight last for one hour. Hot air balloons fly only with the
only control a pilot has is the ability to control altitude. Using
his altitude control a pilot can find wind layers going in slightly
different direction and speed. By using these layers the team must
navigate (three dimensionally) to the landing target they have chosen
prior to launch.
team who lands at the target field and who has the closest flight time
to one hour will be the winning team.
flight briefing will be used to explain the 3 dimensional aspects of
navigation by balloon. The goal is to choose targets that are
achievable using only the pilot’s ability to change the altitude of
the balloon. Each team will be provided a professional commercial hot
air balloon pilot to operate the aircraft from launch to landing.
Each team will also try to estimate the flight time necessary to
complete the flight. Since weather conditions will change during the
flight each team must think on there feet and adjust the flight plan
accordingly. This is truly a great team challenge with outstanding
out of the box thinking.
Learning goals and
- Three Dimensional thinking,
Teammates must go way out of their normal scope of thinking.
- Must identify and use the
skills of others in group to succeed.
- Teaches, and uses, forward
thinking and planning skills.
- Shows team participants how
to adapt to changing environment. (Weather)
- Cooperation and
communication, Dependant on someone with skills (the pilot) to fly
the aircraft while communicating directions for execution.
- Learning to comprehend and
interpret targets & goals.
- Listening and comprehension
- Decision making within
- Learn to accept outcome and
- Team learns they can do
things together that individually they would most likely fail.
- Encourage desire to venture
into unknown areas with confidence.
- Huge increase in office
- Team work combined with a
dash of Adventure!
Interested in learning more? See program review next.
is one program you will have little or no difficulty getting your
staff to sign up for!
The Team Building Balloon Flight
program will start of with TWO pre-flight briefings by the Thompson
Aire pilots. These are TOP COMPETITION PILOTS Ranked in the top 15 in
the whole country! Experts in flight planning to targets.
first briefing will be about the flight program and balloon flight
from a standard passenger’s point of view. Instructions about the
balloon flight and normal Pre-flight passenger information.
There will be a short 5minute break
before the team building briefing
Briefing and the team challenge.
team will be given an area map. The teams will be shown targets on
the map that represent Launch and Landing sites. Both teams will be
given the local weather forecasts for the flight period. Teams will
also be supplied with map compass and plotting tools to plan their
flight path and estimate distances. Teams will be given 15 minutes to
plan their flight. One of the Thompson Aire pilots will be available
for consult for the last 5 minutes of the planning period. A team
flight leader will be chosen at this time and be given a GPS. At this
time we will step outside and launch a small helium balloon to make
one last weather observation. A Thompson Aire Pilot will read the
wind directions speeds and altitudes aloud for the team’s reference.
Teams will have 5 minutes to make their final launch site
each the teams have selected the launch site we will load aboard our
vehicles and head out to the launch site. Once we arrive at the
launch site the pilots will help each team assemble and inflate the
balloons. Each team must learn and perform tasks to prepare the
aircraft for flight. The inflation process of the balloon will
normally take 10 to 15 minutes.
Liftoff! While in flight the pilot will only fly the balloon at the
altitudes the team will request. Teammates will quickly learn that
wind directions change with altitude. The team leader will be able to
track the flight path and speed to their teammates who must figure out
if they are on course for the chosen landing target. Teammates will
then request the proper change in altitude to manage flight path. The
process will repeat itself until the team either lands at their target
landing site or the pilot is forced to terminate the flight as they
feel needed. Flight time will be approximately one hour.
back on earth each team will have to pack away their balloon and both
teams will meet at the nearest point to landing to participate in the
traditional Champagne Toast. The pilots will explain how hot air
ballooning began and how Champagne became part of the tradition.
After the toast each team will be given 5 minutes to review there
flight path as well as over all performance. Each team will also be
given 10 minutes present their views to the opposing team. We will
then load up in our vehicles and head back for breakfast. The debate
about the flight will continue all the way back to breakfast. During
breakfast each member of each team will be presented with their first
flight certificate that will promote them to “Crewmember
Extraordinaire”. The Thompson Aire pilots will choose a TEAM CHAMPION
at this time. All team participants will receive a Thompson Aire
T-Shirt! The winning team will receive an 8 x 10 photograph of their
balloon in a presentation folder that will also hold there flight
team will consist of a maximum of 4 adults. You may enter as
many teams as you wish on any day. Flights are weather
permitting. Team building cost is $1400 per team. The
whole program will take about 4 hours. The debate will go on for
months. The lessons will be priceless.
Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.
Reservations can only be made by telephone. Team Building
program is secured with a 50% non refundable deposit with remainder
due after the flight.
Call 407-421-9322 for more information.
For a better understanding of balloon flight
planning and the challenge of flying to targets here are two pages we
suggest you read.
About the Aircraft
2006 National Hot Air Balloon Championships