Captain Crystal Stout, Senior Pilot,
Captain Crystal , President of Morning Star Hot Air Balloon Company , has been active in hot air ballooning since 1985.
received comprehensive flight instruction and her
Commercial Pilot's certificate from a 141 School (one of three "top gun", lighter-than-air, pilot schools in the Nation).
has proven her
leadership capabilities as Vice President (1999) of the Northwest Ballooning Association
(NBA), President (1994-95) and Newsletter Editor (1994-95) of the 45th Parallel Aerostat Squadron, the former balloon club of the Willamette Valley (now the Willamette Aerostat Society).
received the "Aeronaut of the Year" award from her
peers in 1995 from the 45th for her
contributions to hot air ballooning in her
has placed or won many hot air balloon competitions nationwide.
In fact, Crystal
competed in the Wildhorse Women's Shootout Balloon Championship in October 2002.
At this event, she
exhibited why she
is one of the ten best female pilots in the Nation.
KOOL Indy car balloon in Cleveland, OH
Crystal is or has been a member of the Balloon Federation of America (BFA), Northwest Ballooning Association (NBA), Willamette Aerostat Society (WAS), Oregon Women's Sailing Association (OWSA), and past member of The Ninety-Nines (organization for women in aviation).
She is an authorized Aerostar® International Inc .® hot air balloon dealer.
She also owns and operates a powered parachute lighter-than-air craft Crystal is also a former member of the Executive Board for the Miss Clark County Scholarship Organization , pursuing educational opportunities for young women in her community.
Crystal's role as Event Coordinator for the 1997 KOOL Balloon Racing Series enabled her to play an active part in PPG/CART Indy racing events for a 10-city tour around the U.S. Utilizing her degree in Radio/Television Broadcasting , Crystal was the primary media spokesperson for the KOOL Pro Tour and a guest on numerous "good morning" shows, news programs, talk radio, and print media.
Captain Crystal and Absolut Mandrin in Bryant Park, NYC
Crystal has organized and participated in events in Portugal, Japan, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico, as well as across the U.S. In March of 1999, Captain Crystal and Bob Corey , her Kentucky associate, were selected to organize and "Balloomeister" the 1999 AGFA International Hot Air Fiesta held in the Wairarapa Valley towns of Masterton, Carterton, and Martinborough located in New Zealand.
During the summer of 1999, Crystal
organized a four-city tour for the "splash" of Absolut Mandrin Vodka which encompassed sightings in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami.
has flown many corporate balloons including: Columbia Turel Bookkeeping and Tax Service (regional), Coca-Cola
, Model T Casino, Red Lobster, Wild Horse Casino, Boise River Festival, Kellogg's GR-R-Reat Tony Balloon, Double Tree Hotel, KOOL Indy car special shape balloon, Nautica/Meier & Frank
, as well as her
company's four personal hot air balloons.
Married to the Senior Pilot allows Don to work side-by-side with his wife, Crystal