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 helping set up and organize the field, assisting event organizers and even crewing for balloons!
What kind of help is needed:
- Field set-up and break-down
- Up-keep of the grounds
- Pilot crewing
- Other misc. tasks
How long are the Aeronaut shifts?
The need for Aeronauts begins on Tuesday the 3rd and continues through Sunday the 8th. Shifts range between between 4 – 6 hours in duration. There is sure to be a shift to fit your schedule.
Join the Aeronauts: To volunteer at The Great Reno Balloon Race, download the Aeronaut Application. Applications and entry fees may be sent to: Aeronauts, P.O. Box 20803, 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) 826-1181 or email us.
Aeronaut Membership includes:
1. Crew training and a crew achievement program
2. Aeronaut t-shirt and parking pass for use during the event
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 Saturday
5. Appreciation party in October for all paid members (includes dinner and incentive gift)
6. Second year members receive a jacket
7. Opportunities to assist hot air balloon pilots as a crew member throughout the entire year
*April 13, 2013- Kick-off Party 5:00 p.m.
*May 15, 2013- 5:30 p.m.
*June 19, 2013- 5:30 p.m.
*July 17, 2013- 5:30 p.m.
*August 21, 2013- 5:30 p.m.
Meeting Location Details:
All meetings will take place at Nevada Air National Guard SANGA Club at 1776 National Guard Way, Reno, Nevada. From 395 N or S, take the Plumb Lane exit. Head into the airport and turn right on Terminal Way. Go left on National Guardway and the next right. There will be a gate on your right where you will need to give your name. From there it’s a straight shot to SANGA.
Crewing Training Dates (locations TBD):
*June 15, 2013
*July 27, 2013
*August 17, 2013
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 menbers 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, 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.