The fiery crash of a hot air balloon north of San Antonio July 30 that killed all 16 people on board has reignited concerns that the commercial ballooning industry isn’t being held to the same stringent and requirements and regulatory oversight as other commercial aviation aircraft and pilots. According to a report by the Associated Press, if the pilot of the doomed “Heart of Texas” balloon that crashed in Lockhart, Texas, had been a commercial airplane pilot, he would have been grounded a long time ago. Alfred “Skip” Nichols, 49, started flying hot air balloons commercially 20 years ago, but ... Read More
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