Local Warren County residents Mark Avery and wife Sandi first became involved with ballooning by crewing for other New Jersey balloonists and participating in some of the state's first balloon festivals during the mid-1980's. In 2010, after taking some time off to raise their family, they bought their first balloon. Mark is the pilot and Sandi the crew chief and, with their sons and friends as crew, the husband and wife team enjoys flying their balloon around the scenic areas of Warren and Hunterdon Counties. They have especially enjoyed the fun and friendly atmosphere found at the Warren County Farmers’ Fair and look forward to flying there every year. In addition to piloting balloons, Mark has also been flying as a NY-based commercial airline pilot for the past 25+ years.