Tuesday, October 11, 2016


A BIG thank you to Mick Murphy for his hard work putting together this year's hot air balloon event, XLTA-12 at South Farms in Morris, CT.  And, since this year, it takes place on Halloween Weekend ... Expect a spooky vibe!  See the proof of the commemorative pin above.  South Farms is located on the corner of Route 109 and Higbie Road (which becomes Hard Hill Road North) as you cross into Bethlehem towards Whelan Farms Airport.  Please note the preliminary information below. We will advise you of any updates as the date nears. 

This year we have the opportunity to host XLTA 12 at South Farms an iconic New England family-run farm located at the gateway to the Berkshires the weekend of October 28-30, 2016.
The farm is approximately 1.5 miles northeast of Whelan Farms Airport sharing the same spectacular flying area that you have experienced at past events.
We plan on continuing with the same XLTA not-for-profit structure for the event, $50.00 per team, plus $60.00 per person for food along with propane available on site for purchase.
Event schedule will remain roughly the same but some flexibility may be required. As for meals there will be some changes but we promise as always to feed you well.
• Friday evening social and food post flight.
• Saturday morning a hearty breakfast on site, along with casseroles, fruit coffee, tea and juices.
• Lobster Bake on Saturday which would be a late lunch early dinner, with choice of (lobster, rib eye steak, or chicken) along with appetizers, side dishes and desert.
• Sunday morning Saturday morning a hearty breakfast on site, along with casseroles, fruit coffee, tea and juices
• Camping on-site but there will be no access to hookups, or we can provide a list of local accommodations.
The team is open to suggestions and recommendations on how we can improve the event!
Finally my apology for the late notice about this year XLTA but hope we you can still make it a great event this October!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Back From The Holidays!

Hello Everyone! 

We have returned from a much needed "website upkeep" holiday break and are anxious to start the New Year in a NEWER, more streamlined mode. That means an eventual change in this site's overall look and content ... with more focus placed on regularly updating our Whelan Farms Airport Facebook posts and Country Airport tweets. Stay tuned for these impending changes; but, in the meantime we wish you and yours a wonderful and prosperous 2016. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sega's: Sonic the Hedgehog

In addition to this year's successful XLTA-11 event, our summer months also included the preparation of a famous hot air balloon headed to this year's annual International Balloon Fiesta held in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sega's: Sonic the Hedgehog, which visited Whelan Farms Airport for a few months, was expertly re-coated by Mick Murphy of Aer Blarney; and, then meticulously inspected by Russ Barber of Hudson Valley Balloon Port. 

Given the enormous size of this hot air balloon, it was a daunting task. But, the tenacity of everyone involved, including a healthy dose of humor along the way, made the effort well worth it. And, the happy, revitalized hedgehog arrived in time for his October launch at the fiesta. Once again ... Thank you to everyone who made these two difficult tasks possible!

Friday, September 25, 2015


Thank you Jack Perry for taking these special photos of September's XLTA-11 event. We hope everyone had a great time ... We sure did! See you next year?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bumblebees Can Fly Higher Than Mount Everest, Scientists Find

They defy gravity and spread gold-spun pollen from plant to plant. They may just be the last stand of pollinators left in the world today. Yet ... in recent years they too are falling prey to disease, the destructive forces of urban sprawl and chemical warfare in the form of herbicides and pesticides that have already destroyed millions of Honeybee colonies. Without the continued "Flight of the Bumblebees" both man and his crops might cease to survive as species. Our food sources depend on these fuzzy-winged marvels of aviation.

Please support all conservation efforts, including state or federal legislation to protect ALL of our domestic bees who serve the greater good of our agricultural communities at large. And, thank you once again National Geographic for these beautiful photos and interesting article (see below). Your continued efforts to reveal nature in all its splendor helps raise awareness worldwide.    

Bumblebees Can Fly Higher Than Mount Everest, Scientists Find