Bloomington Balloon Rides
Bloomington Balloon Rides is the premier hot air balloon ride company in the Midwest. We provide breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences. Whether you are checking off a bucket list item, proposing to the love of your life, or spending time with your family, we provide the ultimate scenery Indiana has to offer.
After your flight we invite all of our passengers back to our hot air balloon manufacturing shop, located at the Monroe County Airport (972 S. Kirby Road Bloomington, Indiana 47403), where we have an after-flight ceremony and give you a brief tour of our factory. You can even take little pieces of the left over hot air balloon fabric home with you as the ultimate souvenir.
Our passion is to bring the experience of hot air ballooning to the masses. We pride ourselves on having the best safety record of any balloon company in the area.
and don't miss out on this amazing adventure
Andrew Richardson, Owner & Pilot
A native Hoosier, Andy grew up looking to the skies for hot air balloons that frequently flew over southern Indiana. A lifelong passion, Andy has devoted the last 17 years of his life to the Lighter Than Air (LTA) community as a full-time profession. After having spent the last five years living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the ballooning capital of the world, Andy returns to Indiana ready to share his love of ballooning.
With almost 1,300 hours of balloon flight experience and having flown thousands of passengers across the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Europe, Andy founded Bloomington Balloon Rides in 2018.
In addition to his piloting experience, Andy owns and operates one of the USA’s largest LTA manufacturing company, Adams Balloons. Renown for their special shapes, Adams Balloons manufactures balloons that range in size from a single passenger to 24 passengers.
After an intensive 8 year training, Andy now operates a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified repair station and holds a full FAA LTA production certificate for manufacturing new hot air balloons. In 2017, Adams Balloons expanded their range to include thermal airships.
Andy is an experienced commercial pilot, test pilot, and flight instructor who is an active mentor to those interested in the LTA community.
Career highlights include:
One of two Americans chosen by the Balloon Federation of American to represent the USA at the Age 30 and Under World Championships in Lithuania in 2012.
Asked by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum to manufacture a balloon for their collection to represent modern LTA ballooning with airborne heaters. Smithsonian honored the new collection item during 2016’s National Become a Pilot Day and hosted over 500 people for tether rides in the balloon.
Keynote speaker at nationally-recognized safety seminars hosted by the Balloon Federation of America
Former President of the Montgolfier Society of Indiana Balloon Club, active member of two New Mexico LTA ballooning clubs, the ABQ Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA), and the Top Gun Club.
Click through the gallery to see a range of flights from Andy's career.