What is an Aeronaut?
The Aeronauts are the official volunteer group for The Great Reno Balloon Race. As an Aeronaut, you get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on such a magical event. Find your niche by joining one or more of the Aeronaut Committees:

  • Parking
    -Responsible for traffic control entering the park as well as management of parking in reserved parking areas.
  • Crewing
    -Responsible for working with pilots to help crew their balloon during the event *Must sign up for one other committee if you plan to crew!*
  • Party
    -Involved in the planning, set-up and management of several social gatherings including the Cloud 9 Club and tailgate parties
  • Field
    -Responsible for set-up/tear-down of tents, etc. on the field and making sure the field is clean and safe during event
  • Membership
    -Involved in recruiting new members and managing volunteer work and incentives
  • Merchandise
    -Responsible for working in the official GRBR merchandise tent and assisting in set-up/tear-down

Join the Aeronauts: To volunteer at The Great Reno Balloon Race, please download the documents below. We are excited to announce that membership is now FREE to anyone wanting to volunteer for GRBR! Applications and signed waivers may be sent to: GRBR Aeronauts, P.O. Box 12695, Reno, NV 89510. You may also fill the applications out and bring them to the next Aeronaut meeting (see below). For more information call (775) 313-2922 or email us.

2014 Aeronaut Application
2014 Aeronaut Waiver
Aeronaut Guidelines

Aeronaut Membership includes:

1. Crew training and a crew achievement program
2. GRBR apparel and parking pass for fulfilling duties
3. Members get to actively (hands on) assist pilots and are an active part of The Great Reno Balloon Race
4. Tailgate Party on the field Friday and Saturday
5. Appreciation party in October for all paid members (includes dinner and incentive gift)
7. Opportunities to assist hot air balloon pilots as a crew member throughout the entire year

Meeting Dates:
Doors open at 5:30, meetings start at 6:00

  • Kick-Off Meeting: March 27 at Silver Legacy
  • Thursday, April 24
  • Thursday, May 29
  • Thursday, June 26
  • Thursday, July 24
  • Thursday, August 28 (Rancho San Rafael)
  • Wednesday, September 3- Pick-ups at Rancho San Rafael

Meeting Location Details:
All general Aeronaut meetings will be held at New West Distributing located at 325 E Nugget Ave #101, Sparks, NV 89431
Click here for a map to the venue.

Crewing Training Dates (will be held at Rancho San Rafael Park):

  • Saturday, May 17 (*will be held at Bonanza Casino)
  • Saturday, June 21
  • Saturday, July 19

A BIG thanks to the Aeronauts! The Aeronaut Squadron works diligently to ensure the Balloon Race runs smoothly and assists with all aspects of the event. They are a vital part of the Balloon Race, usually the first to arrive and the last to leave, and we thank them for all of their hard work. They also assist our pilots as crew members during the event and throughout the year.

Many non-profit groups also lend a hand each year, such as the University of Nevada, Reno’s ROTC, Boy Scouts of America – Nevada Area Council, Washoe County Search & Rescue, Reno South Rotary, CERT and others who are a big part of the success of The Great Reno Balloon Race. We cannot forget the Washoe County Parks & Recreation staff who have been with us from the beginning and helped to make Rancho San Rafael not only the picture-perfect setting for the event, but also its home.

Without the continued support of these diligent and dedicated volunteers we would not be able to bring you this spectacular and premier hot air ballooning event.