About Us

Chief Pilot – Phoebe Brown


Our chief pilot Phoebe Brown, was raised on the island of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay.  Her passion for ballooning began while living abroad in Australia’s far north Queensland. Her landlord took her on her first flight and from that day on she began pursuing her dream career in aviation.

From ground crew to pilot, marketing to event planning and bookings, Phoebe has done every job function in the ballooning business. Through these experiences, she followed her dream to opening her very own boutique hot air balloon company in her home state of California. Her knowledge and passion has helped create the foundation for this endeavor.

Phoebe has flown in cities across the United States but is most excited about sharing this one of a kind experience with her passengers over the beautiful landscapes of California’s central coast.

“Flying is my passion. Being able to share this one of a kind experience with others is the greatest gift I can give. I feel incredibly lucky to meet so many wonderful people and share this memorable moment with so many!” – Phoebe Brown

Her dedication and spirit has put her in the spotlight on a few occasions, most recently taking the front page of the Havasu News. The start of Phoebe’s journey can be read about in Montana’s Flathead Beacon.

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Crew Chief – Bill Cloonan


Our crew chief Bill Cloonan is a man of all trades.  When he is not chasing down our fleet of balloons, you can find Bill traveling with his lovely wife Sue of 36 years,  woodworking in his workshop or perhaps enjoying a glass of vino.  Bill also travels the United States to support Sue’s mission to raise awareness for breast cancer by walking Susan G. Komen’s all across the nation.  Sue has recently been recognized by the foundation for her dedication and raising over $100,000 for the organization!


Crew Member – Alexander Cole


Alexander Cole has been in the Hot Air Ballooning business for well over a decade. Having dreamed of flying since he was little, Alex has always had a passion for aviation. He joins Balloons Over Paso with many years of hot air ballooning experience on the ground, he hopes one day to become a balloon pilot as well. In his spare time, he enjoys flying all over the western United States and spending time with his beautiful wife Kandace and one year old son Matthew.

Phoebe’s hot air ballooning experience includes :

Phoebe explains to a festival onlooker about the operations of a hot air balloon at the 2018 Havasu Balloon Fest and Fair as part the ReMax hot air balloon team.


A memorable special occasion, flying a passenger on her 90th birthday for 2FlyUs hot air balloon company in Phoenix, AZ.

Piloting the Chick-Fil-A corporate hot air balloon over the heavy traffic areas in Phoenix, Arizona – providing a unique advertising experience with dynamic reach. A bonus landing at University of Phoenix Stadium!

Flying with 2FLYUS Hot Air Balloons, providing passenger flights in Kalispell, MT during the summer season.


Firing up the crowd at the Kalispell, Montana 4th of July Parade.

Keeping busy with the adorable Bimbo Bakery special shape balloon at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the premier hot air balloon event in the US – showcasing all things ballooning over 10 days in October.

Working the 2017 US Nationals competition in Shreveport, LA and the Battle Creek Field of Flight Balloon Festival in Battle Creek, MI.

Photos taken when crew chief and Co-Pilot at the 2017 Telluride Balloon Festival in Telluride, CO.


Photo taken when ground crew at the 2016 Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival near Palm Springs, CA.

Photos taken during afternoon flights as crew Chief for ReMax in Montana and events in Tri Cities, WA.

Having fun as a static glow pilot and head crew chief at 2015 Spooktacular Balloon Festival in Phoenix, AZ. Balloon featured on channels 3 and 5. 


Balloons can be seen headed towards the chase vehicle here when she was head crew chief at the Outwest Balloon Festival in Phoenix, AZ.

Breath taking photos taken as Co-Pilot and Crew for Napa Valley Aloft in Napa, CA.