RAINBOW RYDERS PILOTS
Growing up in Albuquerque, NM, the hot air balloon capital of the world, Paul has been chasing hot air balloons since he was a young boy in the early 70s. He attended his first Balloon Fiesta in 1979 and was hooked. He loves all types of aviation and in 1990 Paul joined his first balloon crew and shortly afterward, he started taking flight lessons. It wasn’t until 2012 when he had an opportunity to buy his first balloon that he started seriously working towards his private pilot’s license, which he received in January of 2014. He then received his commercial rating in June of 2015 and has logged over 370 hrs of flight time. He joined Rainbow Ryder’s in February of 2017 as a contract pilot. Paul’s favorite place to fly is in Basalt Colorado.