Bag of Adventure

Within the halls of government, there’s no shortage of nonsense and incompetence. Luckily, there’s one office that rarely disappoints. It’s the Federal Aviation Administration.

It’s a place populated by many sensible folks who are tasked with regulating and promoting civil aviation. The output of written rules and regulations by the FAA is massive. The spare language they use, filled with jargon, is like poetry to me.

Their characterization of the aircraft in the air race I attended last week is a case in point. These ships of adventure are described this way; “A hot air balloon is simply an empty bag, fueled by an open flame below it.”

Only the emotionless FAA could be so clinical and yet so precise.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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