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We’re Flying the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) Balloon

Fiji BalloonIn addition to flying corporate balloons for Intel, Dos Equis, Santa Ana Star Casino and KOB-TV, Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Co. will unveil the new Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) Black Diamond Balloon at the 2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The Fiji Balloon, presented by the Albuquerque, NM FIJI Graduate Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta, is being used to promote Greek life nationwide. The 135 national Fiji chapters have initiated more than 170,000 members since its founding in 1848 including famous members from all walks of life such as the 30th United Sates President Calvin Coolidge, current NIKE Corporation CEO and founder Phil Knight, and Pro Golfer Jack Nicklaus. The N.M. Graduate organization plans on taking the dramatic black diamond-shaped balloon to other FIJI Chapters featuring national events including the Rose Bowl, the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby and the Indy 500 to promote its cause and its Charity.

The idea is to promote the tremendous difference being in a sorority and fraternity makes, not only for young people but for adults. According to the FIJI graduate literature, “Greek life develops leadership, fosters community awareness, philanthropy and begins a lifetime of responsible community participants. The FIJI motto is “Not for College Days alone.”

The Black Diamond balloon in its first year will be closely associated with Wounded Warriors. The Albuquerque, NM chapter has chosen the non-profit organization to be the recipient of its philanthropic outreach. The Fiji balloon will promote the Wounded Warrior emblem and ask for donations with 100% going directly to The Wounded Warrior Project at 855-488-3997.

Rainbow Ryders will be the official pilot of the Fiji Black Diamond and take the balloon on the road.

‘We chose Rainbow Ryders because they are the premier hot air balloon company in the world,” Corazzi said. “Not only are they one of the oldest firms, they are the largest and have the capacity to go everywhere we want to be.”

Rainbow Ryders Featured in Scottsdale Dining and Activities

Scottsdale, Arizona, known as “the West’s most Western town,” takes pride in its rich cowboy heritage. While the Phoenix-adjacent city cherishes its past, it also strives to offer modern indulgences in cuisine, accommodations, and activities.

In this video we highlight the Desert Botanical Garden, FnB Restaurant, The Mix Up Bar, and Rainbow Ryders.

Meet Your Pilot: Steve Trieber

Steve TrieberDo you have a nickname? No.

What is your favorite hobby other than hot air ballooning? Flying and repairing airplanes, sea planes, gliders and helicopters.

Where is the most memorable place you’ve flown? Austria, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Grand Canyon, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Prague, Swiss Alps, Tuscany, Italy, Turkey, Across the USA @ 23,000 feet and 16 years as a Bombard Pilot.

Space Shuttle BalloonWhen you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up? Aircraft pilot and mechanic.

How old were you when you took your first hot air balloon flight? 21 years of age.

What is your favorite special shape during balloon fiesta? Space Shuttle.

What is one of your favorite quotes? “The desire to reach for the sky runs deep in our human psyche.” —Cesar Pelli

Travelin’ Jack Takes a Balloon Ride

Travelin' Jack“Time to jump on BOARD! Here we are! All of us ready to fly! I have my Aviator Doggles on… and Jill is another Maiden on board along with our Museum Curator, Merilee Schmit Nason to the right.

Miss Dana in the back center and our Pilot Savannah… assisted by Pilot Casey from Rainbow Ryders.

By the way, Rainbow Ryders Balloon Company is The Official balloon Company of the Balloon Museum Foundation and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! They are TOP DOG when it comes to hot air ballooning.

Of course… Travelin’ Jack would ONLY go up with the BEST!”