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Jesse began crewing for hot air balloons as a part-time summer job before his sophomore year of high school. Crewing became a hobby on the weekends through the remainder of high school and during aviation training. 

Jesse attended flight school in Phoenix, Arizona,  where he received his CFII, commercial multi, and single-engine aircraft ratings. In February 2014, Jesse began working at Rainbow Ryders, Inc. and took part in a pilot apprenticeship program. In May 2014, he earned his commercial pilot certificate and has been flying passengers and corporate balloons since. 

It’s all about balloons with Jesse. When he is not behind the burners, he still loves crewing. His energetic personality, enthusiasm for ballooning, and extensive knowledge of aviation make him a great member of the Galena On The Fly team.

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