Austin Started Fireside in May of 2011. After running the site for 3 years Austin has decided to take a break from the site. Without Austin the Fireside site would not exist. We wish Austin the best of luck in his future endeavours and the door will always be open should he ever decide he wants to come back to the site.
Benji is a second generation balloon pilot from the Indianola, Iowa area. He has been involved with ballooning since age 4. In 1995 Benji earned his private pilot license on his 16th birthday and has been flying in competitions ever since. Benji is active in the ballooning community from trying to help new pilots and crew just trying to get into the sport to contributing articles to Balloon Pong for events he has attended. If you see him at an event make sure to come up, introduce yourself and let him what you think of the site.