Chad is a third generation pilot. His grandfather flew bombers in the China-Burma area of operations in WWII which heavily influenced his interest in aviation as a child. His father was a warbird and balloon pilot in the Chicago area, as well. Chad was introduced to ballooning in 1982 when his father bought an Adams balloon from Chad’s mentor and ballooning authority Guy Gauthier. Those days at the balloon port were the best times of his childhood.
Having heard that the ballooning community had shrunk in Illinois and the balloon port where he had spent much of his youth had closed, he decided it was time to purchase his own balloon port and resurrect the prestigious sport and sense of community he remembered, hence the name Nostalgia Ballooning.
As the owner and lead pilot, Chad is passionately committed to Nostalgia Ballooning which is home to the Chicago areas only full-time, professional balloon ride operation.