Last updated 7/12/2018

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Robin's Balloon
aka Community Property III

Aerostar RXS8 (1994)
105,000 cu ft

This design is a factory design called "My Sky" and was a very popular design. You will see many balloons with this same design.
Most of the "My Sky" design balloons have a black bottom and parachute, this balloon has a Navy Blue bottom and parachute.

Why is this called Community Property III?
I have had two other balloons of the same design.
Community Property I was a 77K
Community Property II was a 90K,
and this one is 105K.
The original Community Property got that name because I bought it to use for students and to let other pilots fly it.

What is the "Robin's Balloon" about?
Robin Smith said this was her favorite of all of my balloons, then when were discussing a new name, she joked
"Why not call it Robin's Balloon"
and it stuck.
Robin got to fly in the first flight of the new balloon.

4/26/2015 AM
Maiden Flight
Solberg Airport, NJ
Pictures by Karla Tramutola

Cold inflated

Just before takeoff



5/2/2015 AM
GEBA Competition Flight
Pictures by Kenny Adamsbaum

Nick, Vinny, Keith

5/23/2015 AM
Red, White & Balloon Festival
Memorial Day Weekend
Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY

Picture by Mary Jo Wolfenden

Picture by Kenny Adamsbaum

Flight from Solberg Airport, NJ

Picture by Kristeen Kohrs

Picture by Kristeen Kohrs

Wellsville Balloon Festival
Wellsville, NY

Picture from FaceBook

Picture from FaceBook (Mary Alvord Clark)

First flight of new Smiley on the parachute

Dawn Patrol Flight


Picture from For-Sale Ad

Note: The bottom is Dark Blue, not the normal Black that most MySky pattern balloons are

Spread out for inspection in England

Inspector: Chris Dunkley

Packed up, ready to ship from England to USA

Came over on the Container ship Kuala Lumpur Express
Arrived Port Newark, NJ 1/28/2015

Inspection @ Skytec
Alpha NJ

Inspector: Tommy Robins
Thanks for the help, Robin and Johnny

Original N-Number still on balloon

FAA Inspected balloon, Airworthiness Issued!
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Ownership History

Dates Name City State
1994 - 2004 Bill Brogan Scottsdale AZ
2005 - 2014 Bill Brogan Germany  
2015 - present Keith Sproul North Brunswick NJ
When I purchased this balloon in 2015, it had 40 hours, which is basically brand-new.
It is Diamond Weave fabric

Festival History

Date Festival City State

Owner: Bill Brogan

Oct Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Albuquerque NM


Feb Mount Rushmore Crossing Mount Rushmore SD

Owner: Keith Sproul

May 22-25 Red, White & Balloon Festival Letchworth State Park
July 2-5 Ashland Balloon Festival Ashland OH
July 17-19 Wellsville Balloon Rally Wellsville NY

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards,
for there you have been and there you will long to return."

- Leonardo da Vinci

"It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill."
- Wilbur Wright

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away."
- Anonymous

Keith Sproul's Festival History

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Pandy Hot Air Balloon
Tetrahedron Hot Air Balloon
Birthday Cake Hot Air Balloon
Pig Headed Hot Air Balloon
Fred B Rabbit Hot Air Balloon

Meteor Crater Flight
Letchworth State Park, NY Gorge Flights
Shooting the Delaware Water Gap PA/NJ
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Amarillo, TX Balloon Flight
Red Rock Balloon Festival, Gallup, NM
2007 Switzerland Balloon Festival
Dawn Patrol Flights

Chariot Balloons
Keith's Cameron Duo Chaiot
Balloon Flights in 3D
Balloon Parachute Artwork
Balloon Pictures from the Bottom
Red, White & Blue Balloons
Arrow Design Balloons
Flame Design Balloons
Aerostar Aurora Balloons
Parachute Drop Pictures
List of University Balloons
FLIR Balloons Pictures (Infrared heat picture)
Flytec Instruments Info Page
Digitool Instruments Info Page
How to make a Hot Air Balloon
How to make a Tetrahedron Hot Air Balloon
How to put turning vents into a Hot Air Balloon

Mark Sproul's Observatory

Created 12/22/2014
Modified 7/12/2018
Copyright Keith Sproul