AZ Air Ventures Loves Our Duckling Crew! Without Crew, Ballooning Would Be Impossible.
Crew members play an integral part in the sport of ballooning helping the pilot prepare for flight by providing an extra set of hands and eyes to check and double check systems to ensure a safe flight. After the balloon lifts off, the crew begins chasing the balloon keeping the pilot informed of ground conditions including wind direction and speed. This information is helpful to the pilot as he/she picks a safe and recoverable landing spot. It is important crew members drive safely while navigating roads and access points being respectful of landowner relations. Upon landing, the crew meets the balloon helping deflate and pack the balloon before traveling back to the place of origination.
AZ Air Ventures is a nice mix of recreational ballooning and commercial balloon ride operations. Because we are not a full-time commercial ballooning company making a profit, our crew are volunteers. Tips from paying passengers go toward repaying our crew through free flights, meals, fun group activities and discounted family flights in appreciation for their help. We love showing our appreciation for our crew's commitment and hard work by inviting them to ride along at no cost.
Crewing does not take any type of special skill or knowledge, just an interest in having fun and learning about ballooning. If you come crew with us, we will teach you what you need to know. We do ask the following of our crew:
If you are interested in crewing for us, please contact Pilot and Crew Chief Susan Lindsey at info@AZAirVentures.com or at 928-965-3222.
Stay focused on the task at hand. The safety of the passengers may be in your hands.
If you have committed to be here, do not cancel or be late. We cannot fly without crew so most likely we are counting on you being here.
Be polite to passengers and help us share the wonders of ballooning with this community.
Be respectful of landowners and help us build and keep good relations with our community.
Jump in and help in every way you can. Many hands make light work.
Special Shout Out to our Awesome Current Duckling Crew!
Active Safford Ducklings
Karen Ramirez-Ragland (Wood Duck)
Steve Robinson (Stray Duck)
Josh & Stephanie Turner (Bestest & EZ Duck)
Josh, Brook, Barrett & Abby Ornelas (Tumble, Blonde, Baby Bear, & Pup Duck)
Lydia, Anna & Sophia Mata (Happy, Curly & Princess Duck)
Clara Ochoa (Sparkle Duck)
Jim & Vicky Rolfson (Bald & Gentle Dental Duck)
Marie Arrington (Rubber Ducky)
Shelby Ramirez (Ducky Down)
Helen Ramirez (Grey Duck)
Casey, JayCee, & Kadence Gable (Grounded, Darling, & Daring Duck)
Tyson Richins (Money Duck)
Janelle & Stephanie Casey (Dessert & Side-Kick Duck)
Keith Yoder (Handy Duck)
Nick Cranford (Cool Duck)
Larry & Yolanda Lee
Preston & Alyson Lindsey (Gilbert) (Ducky Jr. & Duck-in-Law)
Paul Bartal (Phoenix) (Drummer Duck)
Lillian Engelhard (Phoenix)
David & Shelena Shamo (UT) (Anchor & Get-R-Done Duck)
Kylie Korn (UT)
Loren, Marianne, & Sienna Thompson (UT) (Snow, Chill, & Breezy Duck)
Anthony & Vada Mendoza (ID) (Rally Duck)
Paula Noot (NV)
Eric Bogdanowicz (ID) (Rescue Duck)
Izzy Bramble (UT) (Attitude Duck)
Josh Lewis (UT) (What-the-Duck)
Sarah Hawley (Kingman) (Gazelle Duck)
BK Merriman (Stealth Duck)
Travis Ragland (Recovery Duck)
Bridgette Ramirez (Be Ducky)
Jan Lindsey (Diva Duck)
Rene Prina (El Pato Duck)