I have been around hot air ballooning since I was 12 years old. I have flown with and crewed for sport, competition, and ride business pilots in all of the western states. In 1991 I started the process of getting my private pilot certificate. It took a while, but I got that certificate in 2004. My home flying area is the Coeur d’Alene, ID/Spokane Valley, WA region. Hot air ballooning has always been a big part of my life and is a family activity for me, my wife, and three boys. We enjoy sharing the experience of ballooning with as many as we can.