Patricia J. Brake (USA)

 

In 1977 Pat began crewing at the Balloon Fiesta for out of town pilots, followed by earning her private pilots license in 1983 and a commercial license in 1984.  She received her gas balloon license in 1999.  She flew in the first modern day hydrogen flight in the US in October 1999.

 

Pat was elected to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Board of Director in 1988.  For the next ten years she served in many capacities including Chief Safety Officer in 1992 and 1993, Assistant Balloonmeisterin in 1994 and 1995 and as the Balloonmeisterin of the largest Ballooning Event in the world in 1996 and 1997.  She has also officiated at Nationals in 1997 and 1998 and Team Nationals in 1998 and 1999.

 

After leaving the AIBF Board of Directors in 1998, she became the AIBF Event Director. 

  

May, 1983: 

Hot Air Balloon Pilot

 

August, 1984

            Commercial Rating

 

October, 1999: 

Helium/hydrogen Gas Balloon Pilot

 

1992-1993:

Chief Safety Officer, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

 

1994-1995:

Assistant Balloonmeisterin

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Safety Officer, 8th World Gas Balloon Championships, Albuquerque, NM

 

1996    Balloonmeisterin (Event Director), Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

            Committee Member and Operations, America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race

 

1997    Senior Staff, U.S. Nationals, Columbia, MO

            Balloonmeisterin (Event Director), Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

            Committee Member and Operations, America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race

 

1998    Safety Officer, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

            Jury Member, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

Senior Staff, Nationals, Rantoul, IL

            Senior Staff, Team Nationals, Battle Creek, MI

Event Director, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Committee Member and Operations, America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race

  

1999    Safety Officer, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

            Jury Member, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

            Balloonmeisterin (Fiesta Balloons) at Team Nationals, Battle Creek, MI

            Event Director, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Administrative Event Director to the 43rd Coupe Aéronautique Internationale Gordon Bennett

 

2000    PR Committee Chair, FAI/CIA

            Safety Officer, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

            Jury Member, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

            Balloonmeisterin (Fiesta Balloons) at Team Nationals, Battle Creek, MI

            Event Director, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

            Event Director, 5th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race

 

2001    PR Committee Chair, FAI/CIA

Safety Officer, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

Jury Member, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

Deputy Director, Worlds Air Games, Seville, Spain

Event Director, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Event Director, 6th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race

 

2002    PR Committee Chair, FAI/CIA

            Safety Officer, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

            Jury Member, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

            Event Director, Albuquerque, International Balloon Fiesta

            Event Director, 7th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race (Category I Event)

 

2003    PR Committee Chair, FAI/CIA

Safety Officer, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

Jury Member, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

            Event Director, Albuquerque, International Balloon Fiesta

            Event Director, 8th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race

 

2004    PR Committee Chair, FAI/CIA

Safety Officer, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

Jury Member, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

            Jury Member, 48th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett,

                                    Thionville, France

            Event Director, Albuquerque, International Balloon Fiesta

            Event Director, 9th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race

            Jury Member, Motegi Hot Air International Championship

(Final Round of 2004 World Honda Grande Prix

& Final round of Japan Honda Grand Prix),

Motegi, Japan

 

2005        PR Committee Chair, FAI/CIA

Event Director, Albuquerque, International Balloon Fiesta

Safety Officer, New Mexico State Hot Air Championship

            Competition Director, 49th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

                                    Albuquerque, NM

            Competition Director, 10th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race

  

Awards:

             March, 2000 FAI Airsport Medal