Clouds in Sky

Meet your Pilot

Max Moerles

My fascination with ballooning began when I was very young. My family would attend balloon festivals in my hometown of Boise, Idaho. As a teenager, I met Charlie Sundquist of Idaho Hot Airlines. I began to crew for Charlie and his wife Marty, and was introduced to the wonders of ballooning and how amazing this community of pilots and crew is! I moved to Orlando and, as fate would have it, a local pilot landed in my neighborhood. I introduced myself and started crewing for that pilot, allowing me to make contacts in this community. I purchased my first balloon and started lessons. I was able to achieve my commercial license. I developed a new method for balloon pilots to obtain wind data at their launch site that allows pilots to make a safer GO / NO-GO decision. This article was published in the BFA magazine. I love to share my ballooning knowledge with people by attending festivals and teaching workshops at local schools and events.

Pilot Max Moerles
  • FAA 14 CFR part 61 commercial balloon pilot