What is an Aeronaut?
The Aeronauts are the official volunteer group for The Great Reno Balloon Race. As an Aeronaut, you get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on such a magical event. Find your niche by joining one or more of the Aeronaut Committees:
*Committees are subject to change*

  • Crewing
    • Responsible for working with pilots to help crew their balloon during the event
  • Cloud 9 Management
    • Involved in the planning, set-up and management of several social gatherings including the Cloud 9 Club and tailgate parties
  • Field Set Up and Tear Down
    • Responsible for set-up/tear-down of tents, etc. on the field and making sure the field is clean and safe during event
  • Rangers
    • Responsible for patrolling the park to keep attendees safe during the event
  • Merchandise
    • Responsible for working in the official GRBR merchandise tent and assisting in set-up/tear-down

We are excited to announce that membership is now FREE to anyone wanting to volunteer for GRBR!

Join the Aeronauts: To volunteer at The Great Reno Balloon Race, please download the documents below. Applications and signed waivers may be sent to: GRBR Aeronauts, P.O. Box 12695, Reno, NV 89510. You may also bring your completed application and waiver to the next Aeronaut meeting (see below). For more information call (775) 384-2554 or email us.

2020 Aeronaut Application

2020 Aeronaut Waiver

2020 Aeronaut Guidelines

Choosing Your Committees

Aeronaut Membership includes:

1. Crew training and a crew achievement program
2. GRBR apparel and parking pass for fulfilling duties
3. Members get to actively (hands-on) assist pilots and are an active part of The Great Reno Balloon Race
4. Tailgate Party on the field Saturday
5. Appreciation party in late October/Early November for all members who have completed shifts
7. Opportunities to assist hot air balloon pilots as a crew member throughout the entire year

Meeting Dates:

General Aeronaut Meeting Dates:

April 22nd – Kick-Off Party, 5:30p.m. @ The Sands Regency

Please check back next year for 2020 meeting dates.

Crewing Training Dates:                                     

A BIG thanks to the Aeronauts! The Aeronaut Squadron works diligently to ensure the Balloon Race runs smoothly and assists with all aspects of the event. They are a vital part of the Balloon Race, usually the first to arrive and the last to leave, and we thank them for all of their hard work. They also assist our pilots as crew members during the event and throughout the year.

Many non-profit groups also lend a hand each year, such as the Boy Scouts of America – Nevada Area Council,  CERT, Teen Challenge, and others who are a big part of the success of The Great Reno Balloon Race. We cannot forget the Washoe County Parks & Recreation staff who have been with us from the beginning and helped to make Rancho San Rafael not only the picture-perfect setting for the event, but also its home.

Without the continued support of these diligent and dedicated volunteers we would not be able to bring you this spectacular and premier hot air ballooning event.