Crewing 101

Balloon crew are very important to any flight. They help with setting up and taking down the balloon, as well as chasing the balloon during the flight. Some important things to know about crewing are:
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Because flights often occur in the morning or the evening, it can be cool. Wear sturdy footwear and avoid scarves and other dangling accessories. Wear good gloves to keep your hands warm and to protect them.
  • Always ask permission from the landowner before entering a field to retrieve a balloon. Be sure to have the landowner form filled out.
  • Do not get in front of a balloon until it has come to a complete stop.
  • Be on time or early for all briefings and meetings, and let your pilot or crew chief know if you will be late.
  • The pilot is always in charge; listen to all instructions from them.
  • Safety first: Always obey the rules of the road and all local laws.