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Crewing for AZ Air Ventures

AZ Air Ventures Loves Our Awesome 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 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. Tip from paying passengers go toward repaying our crew through free flights, meals, 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’ll teach you what you need to know.  We do ask the following of our crew:

  • Stay focused on the task at hand. The safety of the passengers may be in your hands.

  • If you have committed to be here, don’t cancel or be late. We can’t 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.

  • Have Fun!

If you are interested in crewing for us, please contact Crew Chief Susan Lindsey at or at 928-965-3222.

Special Shout Out to our Awesome Current Duckling and Awaysis Crew!

Safford Ducklings
Karen Ramirez-Ragland
Dave, Dana, Adam, Carson & Brady Wright
Steve Robinson
Josh & Stephanie Turner
Josh & Brook Ornelas
Lydia, Anna & Sophia Mata
Clara Ochoa
Jim & Vicky Rolfson
Marie Arrington
Shelby Ramirez & Bridgette
Helen Ramirez
Cheyenne Allred
Casey, JC, & Kadence Gable
Tyson Richins

Phoenix Ducklings
Preston & Alyson Lindsey
Paul Bartal
Lillian Engelhard

Out-of-State Ducklings
David & Shelena Shamo (UT)
Kylie Korn (UT)
Loren, Marianne, and Sienna Thompson (UT)
Anthony & Vada Mendoza (ID)
Paula Noot (NV)
Eric Bogdanowicz (ID)

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