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Ride in a Balloon

Ted Gauthier takes you along for a ride in his balloon from beginning to end.

Go For a Ride with Us

This video will take you through the process of setting up, launching, flying and packing up a hot air balloon. Our hope is to give you an inside look on a ride in a hot air balloon.

See the view from the air

FlyBalloons.net pilot Ted Gauthier takes you on journey over the neighborhoods looking from his hot air balloon.

Go For a Ride with Us

This video will take you through the process of setting up, launching, flying and packing up a hot air balloon. Our hope is to give you an inside look on a ride in a hot air balloon.

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Go for a ride over the neighborhoods and enjoy the view.

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Flying In Michigan

The joy of flying hot air balloons in Michigan is highlighted by all the wonderful scenery. There are hundreds of lakes, wildlife and rolling hills.


Video: MLive.com Balloons Festivals in Michigan

Michigan Balloon Festivals: 2019

Balloon over Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth, May 25-28th

Frontier Days Balloon Shoot Out, Carson City, June 1-3

Michigan Challenge Balloonfest: Howell, June 28th, 29th and 30th.

Field of Flight Air show and Balloon Festival, Battle Creek, June 28-July 4

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival, Hudsonville, July 19-21

Jackson Hot Air Jubilee, Jackson, July 20-22

Midland Balloon Festival, Midland, August 2-5

Metamora Hot Air Balloon Festival, Metamora, August 24-25

Greater Lansing Balloon Festival, Lansing, August 24-25

Kalamazoo Balloon Festival, Richland, August 24-26

Hale Yes Hot Air Balloon Festival, Hale, September 21-23

Balloon Advertising

Advertising on a hot air balloon is a fantastic way to get exposure. Your name is as large as a freeway billboard and can be viewed by thousands of people in your market area.

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About Us

Our Pilots:

All of our pilots have been involved with hot air balloons for more than 25 years and regularly participate in local and regional hot air balloon competitions and festivals.

Team Bio:


Ted Gauthier - Owner and Chief Pilot, Flyballoons.net
Ted has more than 2500 hours logged flying hot air balloons and has been flying balloons for more than35 years. He has competed in a number of championships throughout the United States as well as in Japan, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada and continues to regularly compete. For a number of years he was the Federal Aviation Administration’s designated examiner in Michigan, serving as the final step for students earning their pilot’s license. Ted is a retired Fire Marshal from the West Bloomfield Fire Department and is currently Bloomfield Village Fire Chief. He is also a paramedic and registered nurse. Ted is also the FAA Designated Airworthiness Inspector for most Experimental Aircraft including, Airplanes, Balloons, Gliders, Helicopters, Gyrocopters, and Powered Parachutes.



Joey Gauthier - Commercial Pilot
Joey is Ted’s brother and has been flying hot air balloons for more than 25 years. He is actively involved in the Southeastern Michigan Balloon Association and has served on the Board of Directors for several years.


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Marty Gauthier - Commercial Pilot

The youngest of the Gauthier brothers but has proven himself as one of the top balloon pilots in Michigan. Winning the Jackson, Michigan Hot Air Balloon Jubilee and logging more than 1500 hours of Lighter-than-air Flight time.

Shawn Raya - Commercial Pilot

A second generation pilot, grew up in hot air ballooning. His father was the chief pilot for Father and Son Construction. Shawn is currently the Chief Pilot for Sullair. He has qualified for the World Hot air Balloon Championships in 2014 located in Brazil.


Dawn McKenzie - Commercial Pilot
Dawn is Ted’s daughter and is the only female pilot in the family and was the first of the second generation to obtain her pilot’s license. Dawn has had her license for 14 years, and grew up crewing for her dad serving as his crew chief at national competitions around the country. She regularly competes in competitions around the country and won the Flag City Balloon Fest in Findlay, Ohio in 2010. She served on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Michigan Balloon Association and was honored with the President’s Award for her involvement and dedication to the local balloon club, which serves approximately 180 members.



Guy Gauthier - Owner of Balloon Repairs of East Texas


Commercial Pilot
Guy is the oldest of the Gauthier brothers and has operated a full service Balloon manufacturing and repair business for more than 30 years.





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Did you know that all of our balloon rides are "private"?

We will not put other passengers in your balloon like other balloon operators.