Season 2007

Dear Damien, It was my wife's Birthday on the 4th of August 2007 so as a surprise I had organized a balloon trip on the 5th of August 2007, I would like to thank your company for a wonderful experience. My wife was not so keen on the idea but after Gren's briefing and reassurance throughout the trip she was relaxed and really enjoyed the flight. As a Safety Professional, I would like to take the time to say that I was impressed with the high safety standards your company has. The first briefing was excellent and gave us an insight of how things worked. Safety was further demonstrated when we arrived at our launching location and Gren Putland gave us another briefing as well as explaining the setup process. All safety aspects were highlighted to us before, during and after the flight.I personally would like to thank Gren Putland our pilot for the flight. He went out of his way to ensure our flight was one to remember. He also has a good sense of humour to go with it, which made the flight even more enjoyable. The breakfast after the flight was a treat and it was great to share other people's excitement of the morning's event. I have circulated my photos of the trip world wide to my friends and I have no doubt I will be back again. I know two friends that will be seeing you soon to experience the excitement my wife and I had the pleasure of being a part of, Kevin.

Hi Heather, I am writing to thank for sending the gift certificate so quickly. It arrived very early the next morning, and definitely in time for their engagement party. They loved the gift and can't wait for their flight. Thanks again, Lyle

Hi Damien, I had the pleasure of flying with you a few months back, and took a number of photographs on the trip which are now on the web. If you would like a look, they are at: Many thanks for an enjoyable flight. Cheers, Kim

Dear Damien, Heather, Joanne thank you for the most amazing experience last wednesday..... I was rapt with my flight with Windward and the whole "adventure"! I realize it may have been "luck of the draw" but thank you also for allowing me to be at the end of the basket as it gave me such a great opportunity to get some really amazing photos...... being an avid photographer (tho' not necessarily a great one!) it meant a lot to me. I am sending you this picture, which I found to be rather wonderful - guess it sums up the surreal quality of those early mornings above the it "just another sunrise .... " ha ha.... Please feel free to use it if you think it is good enough....though I will send a full size version of it on disk to you, for better print quality. I am also trying to round up some friends or family to come back to Northam with me so I can take another flight sometime soon, so who knows....might get another chance with the camera! Thanks heaps Wendy, October 2007

Thank you for your e-news, good reading. Also this gives me the opportunity to thank you all at Windward Ballooning for a most memoriable experience. The weather was perfect, the crew and staff were very friendly and courteous and the flight was just magic. We have some wonderful photos and the skill of Damien to bring the basket down to the water and up again was really a credit to him. We witnessed a young couple get engaged on board, the ring and all!!! That made it even more special for them. It was most certainly the most memorable part of our trip to WA. We will not hesitate in recommending your flight to anyone who travels to WA. Thanks again and you never know, we may be back for another flight. Dale and Christine, Tasmania. (travelled in Sept. 2007)

Dear Heather, My Husband, Bill, mum Phyllis and daughter Amanda have not stopped talking about their balloon flight on 20 October, 2007. Bill in particular - he was so impressed by the professionalism and organisation displayed by Damien, the pilot of the green balloon (sorry I don't know his name but he comes from the Eastern States) and other members of your support staff, considering the early hour of the morning - offers of coffee, ensuring people went to the bathroom - amazing. He uses expressions like 'over the moon' 'beyond the call of duty' 'out of this world'. Would you please relay my email to the appropriate people. I myself did not fly but was also suitably impressed by the organization. I think I was just as excited as the ballooners, Sandy.

Just wanted to say thankyou for a lovely day last Saturday. My partner Doug and my children and partners enjoyed a great experience with Geoff. Well organised Well run . Well done! We will recommend this to others to "lure" them here now we are residents! Cheers Helen, October 2007

To Damien and Crew and all staff at Windward Balloons, Thank you for a fantastic flight and experience all I can say is WOW On behalf of myself and Roy thank you for allowing us to start our New journey in life together as husband and wife we had a ballooning Great time. Our Wedding Day will be one to remember for us. We have informed all our friends of the great flight and experience and You cant go past Windward Balloons for the great service and the fun! We have attached a few pictures for you, Again many thanks Kind Regards Roy and Sarah, October 2007.

Hi Heather, I did send you a couple of pictures and a big thank you email last week through your internet site info at Windward, Did you not receive it ? Any way it was magnificent day and a memory that will last a life time for us It was a lovley scene and a very emotional journey for us we had tears which was cute and we had laughs, As I promised to surrender the remote control to Roy when ever he is home, which gave the other guest on the balloon a bit of a laugh Not to mention I told Roy may all our up's and Downs only ever come in the Bedroom. I said in the previous email that your service and professionalism was outstanding and we would most certainly and have done already told a lot of our friends about Windward Balloons. So again a big thank you to you girls in the office and to Damien the pilot and all ground crew for a fantastic journey and experience. I have attached a couple pics to this email incase the other email has been lost in space somewhere, Kind Regards Roy and Sarah, October 2007.

Dear Heather, Just wanted to say what a marvellous time Chris and I had last Thursday morning on our balloon trip. The whole experience was simply not to be missed. I must admit we were rather apprehensive beforehand but that feeling soon disappeared. The breakfast afterwards at Fitzgerald's was the icing on the cake. Thank you too for recommending Brackson House to my daughter Emma. Maureen and Peter McClintock are a real credit to Northam with such a high standard of accommodation. Regards, Mary October 2007

To Damien & staff, I was fortunate enough to experience a wonderful morning on Thursday 11th October, which my friend Chris organised as an early birthday present. It was a magic morning, and I would like to thank you for a most memorable occasion including the great champagne breakfast. Your professionalism with it all is to be commended, and I will not hesitate in recommending you to others. Yours Sincerely, Ian.

Dear Heather, Firstly let me say how much we all enjoyed our balloon flight on the 28th of September. It was truly a stunning experience, also very interesting, learning and helping with the inflation of the balloon, and afterwards seeing how it is deflated, then packed. Everbody, the ground crew and the pilots were very knowlegable and helpful. We were very impressed by your organisation. Kind regards Marion.

Damien and Crew, I would like to thank you and Windward Ballooning for a most remarkable, breathtaking and unforgettable experience we had on our balloon flight on 23 Sept 2007. In the company of our friends, who were celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary, my wife and I, celebrating our 50th birthdays, a truly memorable time was had by us all. We could not have asked for anything more perfect. The in-flight service was excellent and getting involved with packing up Rainbow Drifter II after landing made the experience all the more delightful. Your hospitality was second to none and the morning's flight was most pleasantly rounded off with the lovely champagne breakfast back at the Fountain Restaurant. I will certainly recommend Windward Ballooning to friends as a means to mark an occasion. Thanks again for making the morning so special for us. Guy and Chris, Ian and Dasha

Dear Heather, Thank you for a truly wonderful experience yesterday, Sunday 19th. Both my wife and I enjoyed our flight made even more memorable by the adroitness of Damien throughout the journey. My second time in a a balloon only re-enforcing my earlier thoughts about the silence and absence of conscious movement. My wife's first time and an experience she will never forget. The whole adventure topped off with a really good breakfast shared some new friends. Thank you for making this birthday for Brenda a memorable one, now I have to think of something for next year. We have no hesitation recommending your company to our friends and workmates. Regards Mike & Brenda. August 2007.

Dear Damien and the Windward Team, A belated, but very sincere thanks for a fantastic adventure in the Rainbow balloon on Saturday 4 August 2007, It was my third attempt to fly and obviously you'd saved the best for last. What a fabulous day and the mist just added to the adventure. To be able to watch some of the Avon Descent competitors and then fly over the Northam countryside (didn't know Northam could look so pretty!) was truly a most wonderful experience. It was such a top day (100 / 100) that I doubt you could repeat it!! It was a pleasure to see how you all worked so well as a team and how conscientious you were of our safety. Thank you - a fantastic job well done and I haven't stopped grinning or talking about it since!! Kindest regards to you all., Bev

Hello Heather, thanks to all your team for the professional way they worked with us (and ignored the groans about the early morning start and the cold - I bet they're somewhat used to that by now eh?), Jo Clarke, Senior Manager, Learning & Development, Ernst & Young - June 2007

To Damien and Crew, Just a little note to thank you for the wonderful experience of ballooning over the Avon Valley and to congratulate you on your very professional approach to the safety and comfort of all of your passengers. The superb champagne breakfast was a pleasant surprise for us as we envisaged having breakfast in the hangar and not such a lovely venue as Fitzgeralds. The whole package is certainly excellent value for money and I have already referred several people to you. I have enclosed a couple of photos for you (Flight Wed 30 May 2007), Kay & Sally

Hi Damien, I hope you still remember me, I'm one of the passengers ballooning with you on 14 May 2007 (Monday). I've returned back in Singapore now and would like to just express my appreciation to you and your team. The balloon ride had been a wonderful experience and I thank you and your team for making the effort to help me and my friend look for transportation. We managed to get back to Perth in time that day. Your hospitality and help had helped the both of us to ease our tensed emotions a lot and thus, made the entire trip in Perth a very happy and memorable one. May you continue to bring joy to your passengers and all the best! Regards, Juliet

Dear All, It give me much pleasure to congratulate you on the most efficient service you run. Myself and family thoroughly enjoyed our trip heavenwards, and all staff treated us most politely. I specially comment the pilot (Damien) who made the trip so interesting by giving a commentary on the way along on all that could be seen below. And what a smooth landing! He served well beyond the call of duty. In fact he was so attentive to my needs that I decided he must surely have knowledge of an elderly grandmother!! Yours sincerely Gwyneth - April 2007

Hello Heather, Just a short note to thank Windward, Damien and the flight crew for a really enjoyable flight today. I thought the whole process of booking, preliminary information, briefings, flying and (most importantly) landing was handled both cheerfully and professionally. Well done. regards Henry - April 2007

Well worth it,and a great way to face ones demons,or fear of heights!! was a Top Morning,including breakfast. Brian and Ivy - April 2007

Loved the whole experience, especially being involved in the inflation/deflation of the balloon, this made us feel part of the crew and useful rather than just passive passengers. Made the flight more memorable and the experience even more pleasurable and our fellow passengers a more co-hesive and friendly unit, having got some dirt under our fingernails. Great stuff. Mel & Veronica, April 2007

Fantastic,would do it again in a flash, Sue & Simon April 2007

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