We’ve been flying since before we could walk.
Our roots lie with Liberty Balloon Company of Western New York, owned and operated by Dad (Carroll) and brothers Lance and Lee Teitsworth.
MEET THE TEAM
We’re a multi-generational family business
Owner and Pilot
Pictured here with youngest daughter Keira, Liana has been ballooning for as long as she can remember (that’s her in the ancient photo above!!), earning her pilot’s license in 1995. Upon completion of her Biology degree at UVA, she promptly realized a traditional career wasn’t for her… so in ’99, Blue Ridge Ballooning was born. Even after close to 2,000 hours of flight time, you’ll never hear her complain about the view from her “office”!
Owner and Pilot
Jim’s role as “anchorman” for Blue Ridge Ballooning is only one of his job titles. He is also a personal trainer, scuba diver, small group leader, and (believe it or not!) aficionado of all things Disney! If he happens to have spare time, Jim is most likely found enjoying the latest upgrade (or plotting the next one!) to his ever-improving home theater system.
Chief Chase Crew, Office Manager, Student Pilot
Jim and Lianas middle daughter, Nicole, is already an accomplished chase crew and has an eye on becoming a pilot herself. Although she isn’t quite sure were life will take her, she knows the sky is the limit.
Bert & Joanie Padelt
Equipment Maintenance Specialists at Best Aviation
If you’re going to fly an aircraft, don’t you want the “Best” in the business taking care of maintenance? Located outside of Allentown, PA, Bert and Joanie provide all of the required maintenance, annual inspections, and any necessary repairs to all of our balloon equipment.
Flight crew and Private Pilot
A long time family friend, we were thrilled when Philip relocated to Virginia so we could welcome him to our team. He has a real job during the week but occasionally spends weekends with us to get his ballooning fix, aka “altitude adjustment”!
Jim and Lianas “adopted” son who is always up for an early morning wake up call to chase the balloons
MEET THE FLEET
Curious which of the balloons you see flying over Charlottesville are ours? Here’s a guide.
Stay tuned for details about the newest addition to our fleet!
Joining the fleet in 2019, the SCUBA balloon represents a merger of our two passions: flying and diving! Sponsored by our local partner Dive Connections.
Continuing the tradition of rainbow swirl patterned balloons, Majestic is our most frequently used passenger balloon.
Our first NEW balloon in 2005. Retired from flight in 2017, but still in service for “walkabout”.
Similar in appearance to Free Spirit, but the swirl goes in the opposite direction, and the middle band of blue is more royal than navy. Retired from flight in 2019
Our first passenger balloon! In service 2000-2009. Her colors were a bit faded by the end of her life, but how many other balloons have seahorses prancing just above the basket?