The Griswold family has been in the ballooning business for 30 years. Since I was born, I have grown up around hot air balloons. Whether it is crewing, chasing, piloting, or just spectating, I have witnessed many amazing aspects and the growth of the sport. 

My father and mother went for a balloon ride before I was born.  When they landed, my father asked where he could buy one so he could learn how to fly. 

My father, Jim Griswold, was a major influence and contributor to hot air ballooning in the Central NY area. He was the co-founder of the well-known Jamesville Balloon Festival and he was responsible for training most of today’s local hot air balloon pilots. 

A Family Tradition

Unfortunately my father passed away from colon cancer in 1991, but he was able to teach my older brother Peter Griswold how to fly before he died. My brother has now passed on his expertise -- and my father’s tradition -- to me.