Dec. 29, 2022
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Welcome our Pilots & Balloons from 2021/2022...

Pilots come from California, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona.  Most pilots love to tell the story of their balloon or how they got into ballooning, so we encourage visitors to welcome our pilots and learn more about them. Every balloon has a name and a story.

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Calico Rose Edit

Kenny Bradley
Commercial Pilot
Ault, CO

135,000 Cu/Ft
Adams

Ash Creek Financial
 
Chili Edit

Bruce Dodson
Commercial Pilot
San Pedro, CA

90,000 Cu/Ft
Lindstrum

Best Western Plus
 
 
Concho Edit

Daniel Backes
Private Pilot
Florence, AZ

90,000 Cu/Ft
Cameron

Tierra Antigua
 
Confetti Pebbles Edit

Heather Watkins
Commercial Pilot
St. George, UT

105,000 Cu/Ft
Adams

Ice King
 
 
Drunken Dragon Edit

Gary Maguire
Commercial Pilot
Allenspark, CO

72,000 Cu/Ft
Adams

CMI
 
Floating Awaysis Edit

Greg Lindsey
Commercial Pilot
Safford, AZ

105,000 Cu/Ft
Adams

Matlock Gas

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Pilot: Greg, who had been a fixed-wing pilot for 32 years, had no interest in hot air balloons. His wife, Susan, however, was an avid balloon fan who started crewing in 2007. In 2012, Susan faced a battle for her life against breast and ovarian cancers. After surviving the fight, Greg woke up one morning and realized Susan deserved to live her dream, so he bought a balloon for her and became a commercial lighter-than-air pilot. Determined to fully embrace the sport, Greg flew 100 hours in his first four months finding his new passion for ballooning and opening AZ Air Ventures. Three years later in 2019, Susan fulfilled her dream by also becoming a commercial hot air balloon pilot. Since June of 2016, Greg has reached over 750 LTA hours. The Lindsey’s now share the sky over their small town community in the Gila Valley of southeastern Arizona.

Balloon: A vibrant, panoramic Arizona sunset of gold, orange and red fills the sky above silhouetted mountains, desert cacti and flowing palm trees set at Apache Lake creating the perfect Floating Awaysis. Apache Lake—our peace and serenity. Mountains—the struggles and challenges we’ve conquered. Cacti—the tenacity and endurance we have. Sunset—the blessings and beauty of each day. Ocotillo—the memories and past that are always with us. Palm Trees—our travels and adventures.
 
 
Hearts A'Fire Edit

Brad Rice
Commercial Pilot
Rio Rancho, NM

90,000 Cu/Ft
Cameron

Cakes with TLC
 
High Def Edit

Valerie Favicchio
Commercial Pilot
Ft. Collins, CO

90,000 Cu/Ft
Cameron

Tierra Antigua
 
 
Hot Minute Edit

Tristan MacLean
Commercial Pilot
Albuquerque, NM

105,000 Cu/Ft
Cameron

Quality Inn and Suites
 
Jester Unwindz Edit

Mathew Grote
Commercial Pilot
Rio Rancho, NM

90,000 Cu/Ft
Cameron

Springhill Suites
 
 
Just Ducky Edit

Susan Lindsey
Commercial Pilot
Safford, AZ

90,000 Cu/Ft
Adams

AZ Air Ventures, LLC

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Pilot: Susan and her husband, Greg, are both commercial lighter-than-air pilots from a small-town community in the Gila Valley of Southeastern Arizona. They enjoy flying the skies side-by-side as a husband and wife team. Susan started crewing for hot air balloons in 2007 but Greg, a fixed-wing pilot for 32 years, had no interest. Finally in 2016, Greg realized Susan, a breast and ovarian cancer survivor, deserved to live her dream. The couple bought a balloon and Greg became a commercial hot air balloon pilot. Determined to fully embrace the sport, Greg flew 100 hours in his first four months finding his new passion for ballooning and they opened AZ Air Ventures. In January of 2019, Susan fulfilled her dream by becoming a LTA pilot and earned her commercial LTA license in June of 2019. The Lindsey’s now share the sky in their two Adams balloons, a remake of their first balloon, Just Ducky, and Floating Awaysis, a custom artwork balloon depicting a lake scene with palm trees, cactus and the Arizona mountains during sunrise and sunset.

Balloon: Colors of the southwest adorn the top and bottom thirds of the envelope including yellow, red, orange, purple, and light and dark blues. These vibrant colors frame a bright yellow equator where eight silhouetted flying and swimming ducks rest on light blue panels on every other gore.
 
Miss Shenanigans Edit

Steve Adams
Private Pilot
Albuquerque, NM

90,000 Cu/Ft
Adams

Quality Inn and Suites
 
 
No Worries Edit

Debbi Waltman
Commercial Pilot
Windsor, CO

77,000 Cu/Ft
FireFly

Best Western Plus
 
Peponi Edit

Nancy Lambertson
Private Pilot
Windsor, CO

77,000 Cu/Ft
FireFly

Extraordinary Women
 
 
Plaid Pixie Edit

Shelena Shamo
Commercial Pilot
Orem, UT

77,000 Cu/Ft
Cameron

Extraordinary Women
 
Road Trip Edit

Debby Young
Commercial Pilot
Albuquerque, NM

90,000 Cu/Ft
Lindstrum

Springhill Suites
 
 
Roping the Wind Edit

Scott Nicol
Commercial Pilot
Mesa, AZ

90,000 Cu/Ft
Ultra Magic

Keyhole Properties
 
Stars & Stripes Edit

Curt Bramble
Commercial Pilot
Provo, UT

105,000 Cu/Ft
Cameron

CMI
Ice King
 
 
Stars & Stripes 2 Edit

Scott Bramble
Private Pilot
Provo, UT

90,000 Cu/Ft
Cameron
 
Sun Dog Edit

Thayne Peterson
Commercial Pilot
Lindon, UT

90,000 Cu/Ft
Ultra Magic

Keyhole Properties
 
 

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