Balloons Info

Balloon Meister

Pilot:  Joe Vincent
Lives:  Danville, IL
Balloon:  Still Celebration

Joe got introduced to ballooning as a crew person and in August of 1997 received his pilot certificate.  He was able to experience and fly in seven consecutive Alburquerque Fiestas with his wife/crew chief, Tracy.  A main focus for Joe as a pilot was to introduce new people to ballooning and give people that first experience of a flight in a hot air balloon.  Ballooning opened up a great amount of new experiences and many new friends from all around the world.  In 2013, Joe and Tracy retired from active flying.  They still remain close to the balloon community and are excited to be a part of the Balloons Over Vermilion event.

Host Pilot

Pilot:  Dean Carlton
Lives:  Danville, IL
Balloon:  CaZooee
Years Ballooning:   19 years

Sponsor:  Brad Cooper – East Lake Hospital

Dean flies the CaZoee balloon, well known in the local area.  He lives in Danville with his family and ballooning is a big part of their lives.  Dean has 19 years of experience as a pilot.  He became a pilot when his family business sponsored balloons during most of the years of Balloon classic and they decided one weekend a year was not enough.  So they bought a used balloon, took lessons, got the experience they needed and they have been flying ever since.

Host Pilot

Pilot:  Larry Owen
Lives:  Danville, IL
Balloon:  Jolly Rollo
Years Ballooning:  18 years

Sponsor:  Terminix

Larry flies the Jolly Rollo.  His wife Sheelagh is also a balloon pilot.  Larry attended a balloon school in California in 1998 and earned his private and commercial hot air balloon license.  He also has a fixed wing private, commercial and instrument license.  Larry and Sheelagh have flown across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Meet the Pilots

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Pilot:  Laurie Acuff
Lives:  Manito, IL
Balloon:  Double Image
Years Ballooning:  23 years

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Pilot:  Ryan Carlton
Lives:  Danville, IL
Balloon:  Seymour
Years Ballooning:  16 years

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Pilot:  John Derado
Lives:   Lebanon, IN
Balloon:  Glory Be
Years Ballooning:  30 years

Sponsor:
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Pilot:  Deb Griest
Lives:   Urbana, IL
Balloon:  Mom’s Toy 2
Years Ballooning:  20 years

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Pilot:  Adam Magee
Lives:  Swisher, IA
Balloon:  SundogX
Years Ballooning:  11 years

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Pilot:  Rick Poe
Lives:  Sycamore, IL
Balloon:  BUB
Years Ballooning:  27 years

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Pilot:  Al Reusch
Lives:  Macomb, IL
Balloon:  Knot Over
Years Ballooning:  27 years

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Pilot:  Tom Steinbock
Lives:  Crestwood, KY
Balloon:  My Cup of Tea
Years Ballooning:  29 years

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Pilot:  Lynee Bixler
Lives:  Medina, OH
Balloon:  Sublime
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Pilot:  Donna Carlton-Vish
Lives:  Danville, IL
Balloon:  Sunny Side Up
Years Ballooning:  16 years

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Pilot:  Brock Gale (& Ryan Carlton)
Lives:  Danville, IL
Balloon:  Hello, Sweetie!
Years Ballooning:  4 years

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Pilot:  Jim House
Lives:  Mackinaw, IL
Balloon:  Sungard
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Pilot:  Max Mitchell
Lives:  Champaign, IL
Balloon:  EL FONZ
Years Ballooning:  39 years

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Pilot:  Kathy Reineke
Lives:   Mahomet, IL
Balloon: Sunsational
Years Ballooning:   34 years

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Pilot:  Walt Rudy
Lives:  Wadsworth, OH
Balloon:  Hour of Big Bundle of Joy
Years Ballooning:  33 years

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Pilot:  Denis Sutter
Lives:  Hallsville, MO
Balloon:  Lucky Charm
Years Ballooning:  20 years

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Pilot:  Mike Boylan
Lives:  Washington, IL
Balloon:  Wild Rover
Years Ballooning:  26 years

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Pilot:  Brad Chism
Lives:  Fishers, IN
Balloon:  Terri Lynn
Years Ballooning:  14 years

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Pilot:  Michael Gallant
Lives:  Columbus, IN
Balloon:  Aurora’s Flame
Years Ballooning:  12 years

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Pilot:  Jim Ireland
Lives:   Lincoln, IL
Balloon:  Sunglow
Years Ballooning:  27 years

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Pilot:  Glenn Oconnell
Lives:  Gilberts, IL
Balloon:  Sedona Sunset
Years Ballooning:  35 years

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Pilot:  David Reineke
Lives:  Mahomet, IL
Balloon:  Peg Leg Pete
Years Ballooning:  36 years

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Pilot:  Tony Sandlin
Lives:  Fishers, IN
Balloon:  Out of the Blue
Years Ballooning:  15 years

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Pilot:  Paul & Penny Suttle
Lives:  Strasburg, OH
Balloon:  The Hidden Shamrock
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Pilot:  Pat Brouillet
Lives:  Kankakee, IL
Balloon:  Envy
Years Ballooning:   17 years

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Pilot:  Darrell Day
Lives:   Rock Island, IL
Balloon:  Pi-Ball
Years Ballooning:  36 years

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Pilot:  Seth Goodman
Lives:   Lincoln, IL
Balloon:  Done Deal!
Years Ballooning:  6 years

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Pilot:  Betsy Kleiss
Lives:   Champaign, IL
Balloon:  4EVER39
Years Ballooning:  19 years

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Pilot:  JIm Phelan
Lives:  Lincoln, IL
Balloon:  Good Greeph!!!
Years Ballooning:  18 years

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Pilot:  Dan Reusch
Lives:  Peoria, IL
Balloon:  Sub Divo
Years Ballooning:  10 years

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Pilot:  Greg Saul
Lives:  Galesburg, IL
Balloon:  Good and Plenty
Years Ballooning:  27 years

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Pilot:  Mark Westra
Lives:  Greenfield, IN
Balloon:  Too Hot To Handle
Years Ballooning:  13 years

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