FAVIA 225 confirms John Piper as a guest speaker
Like so many folks, I crewed for every balloon I could find and after a few years, I couldn’t take it anymore and bought my own balloon. I got my Private Pilot License in 1993 and my Commercial License in 1994. Along the way I would have to admit that my interest in balloons
was also fueled by my occupation. When I am not trying to “get off the planet”, I work as the Vice President of Macy’s Parade Studio where we design, build and fly the world’s most famous helium character balloons. I am on a first name basis with Garfield, Snoopy, Underdog, Pikachu, Sonic, Sponge Bob, and Spiderman to name a few. I have worked on 36 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades and have taken our helium friends all around the country and as far away as London, Tokyo, and Doha.
I am a member of the BFA, GEBA and the Gas Balloon Club of America, NC chapter. A little over a year ago I flew our club Hydrogen balloon with Bert Padelt and was able to remove the “onboard heater” limitation from my Pilot Certificate.