Rave Reviews

Feedback from Happy Customers

A balloon flight with us makes a certain impression on everyone - one that we can't quite describe. In this section, we share some of the thoughts, views and photographs of our passengers, crew members, spectators and other important individuals we've met along the way. If you have enjoyed your flight, we warmly welcome your addition to this page. Please email us with your comments!

Hello Jon!

We just wanted to say thanks for the great hot air balloon ride and adventurous landing on Friday in Albuquerque. We had a wonderful time and are looking to do it again! It's refreshing to meet someone who has found something that they love to do (and does it well) and who has passion for their career. Happy and safe travels to you!

Your friends,
Nikki and Letty
The 2 Arizona teachers :)

Hi Jon,

I just wanted to thank you and your crew for a wonderful trip and a memory of a lifetime! From takeoff to landing to the champagne toast, everything went smoothly and provided the perfect setting for my marriage proposal. Your professionalism, courteousness, and friendliness made the two of us feel very comfortable and safe throughout the flight. We couldn't have asked for a better pilot for our first ballooning experience! Thank you again for the amazing experience and I hope to take another trip in the future.

Best regards,
David H.
Edison, NJ

Hi Jon,

Me and Diana would like to thank you for the great ride we had on March 31, 2006. Diana was somewhat surprised by the engagement, but overall everything went great. It was our first time doing a balloon ride and the experience was awesome... Thank you for doing it on such short notice. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family. Thanks again for making our day so special!

Brian & Diana
Warwick, PA

Dear Jon and Christine,

We had an amazing time with you guys - a great trip!! Here are the photos I took - just let me know which ones you'd like me to send you separately with larger resolution...

Thanks again!
Ravit & Ishay

(Ed. note: We took off and flew on to another landing spot once our chase crew told us about the sign :)


Just wanted to thank you again for making the night of my entire family. We are new in the area (about 1 year now) and we just love to watch the balloons in this area. You could not even imagine the surprise when my daughters saw your hot air balloon touch down in our neighbor's yard. Only to make it more special by you offering to give them a ride.

I know my daughters said thank you, but again... You didn't have to take the time from your night and you did!!! They couldn't wait to go inside and call all of our relatives to tell the story of their balloon ride.

Thank you again...
Julie Probst
Ringoes, NJ


What a perfectly delightful flight last Monday evening! Your piloting expertise and ongoing explanations of the art & science of hot air ballooning made for an unforgettable experience. I plan to tell any of my friends & acquaintances seeking a special gift for others or themselves to seriously consider ABOVE & BEYOND BALLOONING!

Al & Pat Mackay
Westfield, NJ

Jon is a true professional balloonist. At no point, from start to finish, did I have any concerns about the safety of the trip or his equipment. The ride was incredibly smooth from take-off to landing and the sites were gorgeous. As we flew, Jon explained some of the sites we were seeing. Along with beautiful foliage, we also saw a good deal of wildlife from deer along the banks of the reservoir, to a family of white horses galloping along the hillside. The ride we took was truly breathtaking and worth every penny. Thanks a lot, Jon!

Strato Doumanis

(Ed. note: On this flight, we flew deep down into Ken Lockwood Gorge, touching
the basket bottom to the surface of the river. Not something done everyday!)

Hi Everyone -

Sorry it's taken longer than I expected, but photos from this year's Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally (and a few from last year's also) are online at http://www.snapfish.com. Unfortunately, you will need a Snapfish account, which is free, to view the photos. I couldn't find a site that allows viewing without having to cough up personal information.

Enjoy. It was fun flying with you all.

Steve Brandt
Binghamton, NY

Hi Jon,

Just checking in after the Quick Chek Balloon Fest. Thanks for such a great ride Sunday evening and for letting me call the station during the flight. The station owners heard the segment and thought it was good radio. Thanks for helping with that. The flight was great, and I was impressed by what you do.

Gene Mangieri

Dear Jon,

Thank you for such a wonderful ballooning experience this past Tuesday (July 26th). Shikha, Sonam, Nikhil, and I had a great time! Hope you have fun at the festival this weekend.

Take care,

Hi Jon,

Rudy and I had a highlight of our lives experience with you and Christine on Wednesday. Thank you for making it possible. Our grandchildren are still talking about it.

Bev Chamberlain

This was my first flight and it was awesome! It was both exciting and peaceful at the same time. I didn't realize that the flight would be so tranquil. And Jon was a great pilot -- genuinely enthusiastic and informative. You could tell he does this because he loves it; its not just a job for him, it's a passion. As a photographer the opportunities to shoot were countless, it was really beautiful. Overall: a unique experience that I'm glad I had (and boasted to my friends), and would love to do again!

Lori T.
New York, NY

Hi Jon,

This is Shar... My husband Rob and I took a flight on my Birthday, May 10. I was looking at photos and was hoping you posted some of that day.. Your site is awesome... Nice pictures and format... Easy to use also... Well... I'll keep checking, daily - in hopes you post them.

I so enjoyed our flight. Thank you for being professional and informative... Made for a more enjoyable trip... After my leg stopped shakin' of course! The rest was smooth sailing... Keep in touch please...

Sharlene & Rob
Lower Mt. Bethel, NJ

The website was so informative and Jon was very professional and extremely informative. Although I am a little squeamish on heights, I have to say that Jon was comforting and flew me up to picturesque places. I got it all on camera and I will be going again with some friends. It was a nice place and way to start my day and my vacation. Jon took me on short notice. I was delighted by the view and I have to say there was no moving sensation whatsoever. I was very delighted by Barry as well. Very funny - Very cool. Jon was wonderful in keeping me in perspective and gentle in nature, truly a godsend for my high-strung personality. I feel complete!

Kim Trachtenberg
East Brunswick, NJ

Fabulous way to surprise my husband for our 25th Wedding Anniversary! We Loved it. Jon was a great host and pilot.

Tammy & Joe Maynard
Chesapeake, VA


We had an awesome time! Jon made it a great experience and we recommend it highly! Thanks, Jon!!

Seth & Elysa
Fort Lee, NJ

I wanted to propose to my girlfriend in a hot air balloon and luckily found Jon's website. After I spoke with him, I was counting on things to go great, and I wasn't disappointed. The views were incredible. Jon even managed to sneak a dozen roses onto the balloon to give to my girlfriend. After the flight, which was miles ahead of what I expected, we were treated to a champagne toast along with some cheese and crackers. I recommend the experience of a hot air balloon ride, but especially with Jon. He is friendly, knowledgeable and will go the extra mile to ensure a memorable experience.

Greg Hoffman
New Brunswick, NJ

Hi Jon:

I hope this note finds you well. I'm sure it must be beautiful to fly at this time of year. Floating over the foliage must be spectacular. I'm writing in hopes that you have some photos from my flight in Sept. If so, I would be grateful if you could send them to me. I'd love to have a remembrance of my trip!

Thanks again,
Karen North


Enjoyed the ride and your proficiency! Here are some photos from the flight.

Mike Brooks
Wrightstown, NJ

Hi Jon -

My children and I were on your balloon at the Spiedie Fest in Binghamton, N.Y. this past August. It was a great ride! I am attaching a few of the photos but definitely not all.

And we will definitely look you up the next time we need a balloon ride. Perhaps it will be next year in Albuquerque, I am going to make it there one of these years.

Diane Littlefield


Thought you might like the attached photograph of yourself - 'a picture of concentration', that I took of you as you were filling "Patriot" last night at the Lancaster Balloon festival.

Safe flying,

Peter Caddick
Lancaster, PA

Hi Jon,

Thanks for an amazing experience!

Jim Willhite
New York, NY

Dear Jon & crew:

Earlier tonight you landed a balloon on our neighbors lawn on the corner of Fox Run & Hockenbury Drive in Glen Gardner. WOW! As if it wasn't great enough to see the Large, Beautiful balloon up close, you offered tethered rides to interested neighbors. WOW! I can't get the smile off my face or the joy from my heart.

Though the ride was brief, the excitement caught me and it was such a pleasure to meet all of you. I wished I had something to offer, but arrived empty handed not knowing what an adventure we were on when we left our house in search of the beautiful balloon. You gave us a glimpse into a world we have not experienced. Thank you for sharing not only your balloon, but your hospitality and warmth. It really was a pleasure to meet you and talk with you about what must be a love of 

Thanks again for bringing the neighbors together and for giving us a memory to treasure. May God protect you and give you happy flights!

John & Judy L.
Glen Gardner, NJ



Just wanted to take a moment to thank you and your pilot for a birthday memory worthy of remembering (Aug 19th).

Loretta and I thought Tom was perfect as our pilot. From the very beginning, we felt confident in his abilities and enjoyed his sense of humor and appreciated his identifying points-of-interests throughout the trip.

Not to sound long winded, it was an experience we both enjoyed and look forward to repeating it in the future.

Again thanks,
Paul B.

Dear Jon,

Thank you for allowing us to ride in your Balloon on Saturday. We had so much fun. You made our first trip excellent!! We hope to ride with you next year at the Balloon Festival. Thanks so very much.

Mary Jane and Fred Robinson
South Jersey


Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful surprise on Thursday! I totally caught Belinda off guard. We had quite the story to tell this weekend and the pictures came out really cool too. I will recommend your company to everyone I know. I attached a picture for you.

Thanks a million,
Joe Hoffman