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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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.

Jan 25, 2017

Kim Vesely is both a pilot and a navigator for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, having dedicated her time to the event in a variety of different capacities.

Her introduction to the Balloon Fiesta came as a result of her time covering the event for KOB-TV back in the seventies. She was a young news producer assigned to cover the event because "nobody else wanted to get up that early." Her path to becoming a pilot is whole other story that you'll want to read about in this month's Inside the Basket.

Dec 30, 2016

Paul Smith's involvement with the Balloon Fiesta goes way back to when he first attended the Balloon Fiesta as a crew member, 35 years ago. Since then, he's served as a pilot and a lawyer for the event. 

Today he is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Learn more about Paul's Balloon Fiesta favorites in this month's Inside the Basket.

Nov 15, 2016

At 17, Victoria Vertrees may have been one of the youngest pilots to take flight at this year's Balloon Fiesta, but she was no newcomer to the world of ballooning. Taking time between homework assignments and college applications, Veronica shares how she became involved and what it's like to pilot a hot air balloon in this month’s Inside the Basket.