Rick is a commercial pilot from Concord, NH who started coming to the Atlantic Balloon Fiesta in 1995. He also comes back to fly in Sussex for Turkeylude in November. He's very active in ballooning having been elected twice as President of the Balloon Federation of America, is chief instructor for Liberty Balloon School, and webmaster for www.blastvalve.com providing weather data for balloon pilots. Traveling with balloons and meeting all the great people a balloon introduces you to is exciting. So far this year Rick has flown at a Valentine's Day festival in Thailand, during the total solar eclipse in Argentina, at the world's largest balloon festival in France, and now at one of his favorites in Sussex. If you watch his orange, yellow, and blue spiral balloon inflating you might catch the polar bears on top of it.