(Monday, May 6, 2013) Team Remax Ballooning wowed the Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students at Robinson ISD with their 90 foot Remax hot air balloon.
Wayne Standefer, the balloon pilot, briefed the students on the workings of a hot air balloon. As he fired up the turbo jets from the propane tanks stored in the 2 man basket he explained to the students that the balloon had the capacity to rise 800 ft per minute. The students gained much educational information on the dynamics of the air balloon, principles involved in flying them and general safety warnings about them. Thanks to the generosity of Remax and owners Denise and Walter Fair, the students got an upclose lesson and view of the Remax hot air balloon.
Pictured: Dr. Hope, Tim Van Cleave, Pilot-Wayne Standefer, Realtor-Donna Dwyer, Owners-Denise & Walt Fair, Mollie Eisenman and Linda Barber.
If you’ve never seen a hot air balloon up close, it’s a sight guaranteed to take your breath way. The RE/MAX® Hot Air Balloon makes scores of annual appearances across Texas at schools. The pilot, part skilled aerialist and part entertainer, welcomes the crowd to gather round as he enthusiastically explains the history and mechanics of man’s first successful flying machine. (click on image for slide show)
A Ballooning Tradition. Today, with more than 100 hot air balloons, RE/MAX has the largest balloon fleet in the world. It all began in 1978, when a group of RE/MAX agents in New Mexico were trying to get attention for their fledgling company. They entered a red-over-white balloon in the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, using the “Above the Crowd!®” phrase on their jackets.Their marketing was so successful that the entire company soon adopted the concept, and now the average RE/MAX balloon makes 65 appearances per year in bringing our message of leadership, independence, and superior customer service home to consumers.