Nick has been a balloon pilot since 1975. He got into the sport when he and two friends saw an ad for balloon rides in the local paper and decided to check it out. Their first balloon crewing experience led the three young men to the decision to get their licenses and buy a balloon. After a few years of enjoying the sport, they each went their separate ways, sold their balloon and got out of the sport.Fast-forward to 1996. A friend of Nick’s wife, Sherrie, was interested in learning to fly balloons. He convinced Nick to get back into ballooning. (It didn’t take much to convince him!) Shortly after, Nick purchased his second balloon, Mid- Life Crisis, and began to share his love of ballooning with his family, eventually helping both daughters earn their private and later commercial balloon licenses. In addition to flying balloons, Nick is currently pursuing his fixed wing license.
Sally took her first balloon ride when she was 10 years old with a friend of her father’s. Just four years later, her dad (Nick) bought his second balloon and she quickly fell in love with ballooning, learning as much as she could and hopping into the basket whenever there was room.In 2004, the day she returned to Colgate University for the start of field hockey pre-season, she earned her private pilot’s license and in 2007, her commercial license.
Matt has been involved in ballooning since the age of six, taking his first balloon ride in The Early Times Whiskey Bottle Balloon and was immediately hooked. He earned his private license in 2003 and his commercial in 2004. After almost 9 years of dating Sally, Matt officially became part of the family in March of 2015.
|All three pilots are proud members of the Great Eastern Balloon Association.|
Jessie Valentine Mazzocchi
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