Tom Robbins

tom robinsTom Robins writes: The Warren County Farmers’ Fair is my favorite balloon festival to attend! Everyone is great and the landscape is beautiful. I was born in Philadelphia PA and started my fascination with flight when I was twelve, building model hot air balloons that I flew over my neighborhood. I received my first fixed wing airplane instruction at sixteen, found my passion for ballooning in the early eighties and have been flying hot air balloons for thirty years! I have provided thousands of delighted people their first experience of balloon flight. I have launched my balloon from the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum flying thru the City of Philadelphia. I have flown up the Hudson past the Statue of Liberty and landing in New York’s Central Park.On Halloween eve 2009, I flew my first after dark flight. Flying over the town of Flemington in a giant pumpkin balloon that would light up every time we blasted the burner, the kids and spectators were cheering us on! In August 2009, I attended the first ever Gu Yang, China balloon festival. Spending two weeks flying hot air balloons in China, I met a lot of wonderful people and have many fond memories and photos. I am an FAA certified inspector, authorized to perform safety inspections and maintenance procedures on hot air balloons. I have gained many new friends on my journey and can't imagine doing anything else in life. I love my job!