Brian Chase

My passion for hot air ballooning started back in 1983 when my father went for a balloon ride with Michael Fairbanks at a local county fair in the Poconos, Pennsylvania. Ever since, my whole family became a part of the hot air balloon community. Growing up with ballooning and learning from the best pilots has given me great knowledge and experience to become a commercial pilot.

Since passing of my father in 2019, I took the lead of the family hot air balloon activity and transformed it from a weekend fun to a full-time business. Balloon Chase Adventures operates in the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania. We offer a variety of activities: from passenger rides, to tethers, special events like weddings, and lessons to student-pilots. Along with flying passengers, I have an amazing opportunity to travel throughout the United States and fly various special shape balloons during hot air balloon festivals, like Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, National Balloon Classic in Indianola, Iowa, or The Great Reno Balloon Race in Reno, Nevada, and many, many more.

Besides flying, I teach trades of heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical at Monroe County Technical Institute in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

For four years, I served as a trustee to the Board for the Independent Fire Company Number One in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Ballooning has been big part of my life for the past 40 years, and I am looking forward to giving back to the ballooning community in many ways.

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