OCT. 6-14 2018

News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter

Keep up to date with all the happenings and latest news surrounding the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! We have three news categories to choose from:

News from the Balloon Fiesta Newsletter

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Dec 14, 2017

Brad Temeyer is celebrating his first year as Chief of the Weather Team at Balloon Fiesta. As Chief, he works to ensure the safety of balloonists participating in the event by leading weather forecasting for each session.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, he discusses his love for weather and how it plays an intricate role in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. From balloon crewing to meteorological support for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Championship, Brad shares his favorite ballooning and weather experiences.


Nov 20, 2017

Rick Bowles has been a longtime Balloon Fiesta volunteer. After his 42nd year volunteering, he is retiring.

In this month’s Inside the Basket, Rick shares how he became involved with this event. From piloting to volunteering, we celebrate and thank him for his dedication to Balloon Fiesta.


Sep 25, 2017

Yudai Fujita from Japan, one of Balloon Fiesta’s newest pilots, is no stranger to the ballooning world. 

In this month’s Inside the Basket, Yudai provides insight into his piloting background. From his world champion title, to his newest venture at this year’s Balloon Fiesta, he shares his exciting and accomplished ballooning experiences. 

Aug 29, 2017

Dave Kinney has worked with Balloon Fiesta, to provide a unique guest experience for Balloon Fiesta’s Gondola Club goers, for nearly 15 years. 

In this month’s Inside the Basket, Dave shares his passion for balloons through the introduction of his personal ballooning hobbies and Balloon Fiesta background. From chase crewing to training navigators, he provides great insight into some of Balloon Fiesta’s most exclusive options.


Jul 21, 2017

Mary Ann Harness has worked for over 21 years in the public affairs office at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (formerly Dryden) located on Edwards Air Force Base in California. NASA, which stands for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has10 different centers, and the Armstrong Flight Research Center is the premier center for atmospheric flight research and testing.

For over 10 years, Mary Ann has led the NASA exhibit at Balloon Fiesta, located in the Balloon Discovery Center. In this month’s Inside the Basket, Mary Ann shares her love of teaching the public about all things related to aeronautics, from why high altitude flying requires a high-altitude pressure suit to what cool new aircrafts are currently being developed.