Frank Wechter (USA)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Awards: 1992 AIBF Overall Winner
1997 New Mexico State Hot Air Balloon Champion
Commercial Hot Air, Gas Balloon, and Fixed Wing Pilot
Co originator of the AIBF Special Shape Rodeo
Member: BFA, NABA, AAAA, Top Gun, BBAC, Design Team Balloon Fiesta Park
The Winds have taken Frank from the Moors of Scotland to the jungles of Mexico. He began flying balloons in 1974 and has instructed over 50 pilots in the art of aerostation. He has flown in 40 states and 22 countries. He has operated balloons for Nikon, Midcap Bearing, Uncle Benís Rice and Southwest Airlines. He is an authorized Cameron Balloons Representative, and a Pharmaceutical Sales Professional.
He received his Gas Balloon certificate in 1999 from his instructors Mark Sullivan and Richard Abruzzo. His best effort in the Americas Challenge Gas Race to date took him from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Franklin, Georgia in 66 hours 44 minutes.