Pilots and balloons that will be attending the Kiwanis Club of South Central Indiana Hot Air Balloon Fest
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives
Central Indiana Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are members of a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to their members according to four core values: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. Our pilot will be Chris Smart. Chris is from northern Indiana and has been a pilot for 22 years. He has over 1200 pilot hours and is the current and 4 time Indiana State Champion.
Airbus Balloon Rides | Andy Richardson
We are proud to be the Midwest’s largest hot air balloon company, based in Bloomington, Indiana and serving the surrounding areas. Our Airbus Balloon Rides pilots and staff strive to bring the exhilarating thrill of hot air ballooning to interested adventurers of all ages and walks of life. We are a full service hot air balloon ride company, offering year-round hot air balloon rides and can easily accommodate any hot air ballooning requests.
Oliver Winery | One
Oliver Winery | Two
David Mitchell is a Commercial balloon pilot from New Castle, Indiana. David has been involved with hot air balloons his entire life, as his grandfather was one of the earliest balloonists in Indiana. Along with a lifetime of involvement, David has over eight years of piloting experience, and also is licensed to fly single engine airplanes.
Don Haynes is a retired Fire man from Anderson Indiana, he has been a balloon pilot for the past 32 years flying all over the country, he now works part time for LimeLite Balloons, a small balloon manufacturing company at the Bloomington airport.
Oggy the Friendly Dragon | Jack Semler
Jack Semler has been involved in aviation his entire adult career. With over 29 years in the aviation industry, Jack’s love of ballooning came from his first balloon ride and date with his wife Lynn, 17 years ago. When Jack is not at the controls of the burner of Indy Hot Air’s balloon, “Chasing Dreams”, he flies as a Captain and instructor/examiner for a worldwide cargo airline, out of Anchorage Alaska.
Paul Felty is a very enthusiastic balloon pilot. He works for one of the Airlines in Indianapolis and loves coming to Bloomington to fly. Paul has flown balloons for the past 7 years and is Commercially Licensed through the FAA Paul is also a commercial airplane pilot recently graduating from Indiana state which he attended for aviation
Mike Gallant is long time single engine pilot that became involved in ballooning to help his daughter get her balloon license. They both obtained licenses and fly their balloon and the Civil Air Patrol balloon in the central Indiana area.