began piloting balloons in 1999 with the help and encouragement of
longtime friends Elisa Bustamante & Ken Paulk.
After signing Wally Book on as his official instructor Bob was on
his way to becoming a pilot. In
July of 2000 Bob received his pilots license & in August of 2000 with
the help of his best buddy and mentor Bruce Hale. Bob went to Germany with
his wife Linda, Sister-in-law Glynnette to pickup Bruce &
Glynnette’s new 1000m Worner Gas Balloon.
While in Germany Bob was Hydrogen Gas trained by Walter Muller.
Bob has flown in the Warsteiner International Montgolfiade twice
and the 5th & 6th Americas Challenge. Bob has
just recently joined Top Gun and is a member of AAAA, BFA both Hot air and
Gas divisions, NABA, NAA, and VFRS. Bob and His wife Linda live in Rio
Rancho New Mexico. With 6 children and three grandchildren Bob & Linda stay
very busy. Bob has been
employed since 1975 by Black & Decker / DEWalt
Industrial Power Tools as a Market Manager for the Service Operations