Learn a little more about the Tailwinds Balloon Team
Patrick and Meagan Smith (And Family!)
Ever since Patrick was young he wanted to be a pilot. In fact, while all the other kids had their battery operated motorized cars, Patrick rode around on a motorized airplane! In 2004 he was able to take his first flight lesson and has been gazing skyward ever since. Patrick and Meagan met in 2003 while working as lifeguards. They fell in love and ran away to college together! After graduating with a BS in Aeronautics from Liberty University, and having logged over 4200 hours and even instructing student pilots full time for several years, Patrick has found his passion in flying Hot Air Balloons! He holds a certification from the Federal Aviation Administration in Airplanes, and Hot Air Balloons.
Meagan also graduated from Liberty University with a BS in Communications. She has used her marketing experience to help promote the business and her photography is featured throughout our collection.
Kevin and Cindy Smith
Kevin and Cindy are your pilot's parents and you'll probably hear them go by either "Mom and Dad" or "PaPa and Grandma" during our flights. Having been supportive of Patrick's love of flying, they tried for years to keep him on the right path. Being grandparents to four grand kids, the balloon business was a perfect opportunity to continue the excitement and to have a lot of fun!
Cindy and Kevin were both teachers for Frederick County Public Schools and it is not rare to have them go by another name on landing "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" as they constantly run into present and former students. You can find Dad on the crown line and driving the chase car and you'll be sure to see Mom getting everyone excited for the flight.