Night and Day John Derado

PILOT NAME: John Derado


BALLOON NAME: Night and Day


I decided to pursue ballooning after attending a world balloon championship in my home town of Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1987 I bought my first balloon. For the next 17 years I competed in sanctioned competitions, traveling the Midwest. Following those years I owned and operated a ride company for seven years in Missouri. After a few years of sport flying in Indiana after retiring from my career with the FAA, I started flying for a ride company in Indianapolis carrying passengers for hire. I have owned seven balloons over the years. For me, the best part of ballooning is the people I meet on the ground!

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