Preparing To Crew


Being prepared is always a good idea. Ballooning safely requires crew to be ready to work a little, walk in tall grass, and be outside in the sun for a good deal of time.

Having some knowledge of the roads and conditions in the flying area can also be of great help to your pilot. And if you can drive a truck and trailer you might be their new best friend.

What to wear:

  • Leather gloves (your pilot will usually have some)
  • Clothing in layers (might be cold at launch, then warms up)
  • Sunglasses (with a lanyard)
  • No items that might snag the balloon fabric
  • Long pants
  • Hair ties for long hair
  • Sturdy shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, or high heels)
  • Sunscreen and sometimes bug repellant

Be prepared for:

  • Wet grass
  • Bugs
  • Poison ivy
  • Confused landowners (more on this later)
  • Hot burners
  • Cold propane
  • Dazed and amazed drivers