Team

MEET OUR TEAM

This is the Elevated 4x4 Balloon Team Pilots and Crew Chiefs!
Lonnie Carreathers
Chief Pilot
: Lonnie is Elevated's Chief Pilot and owner of FireWorx Fire Protection and Elevated Custom Motors. Lonnie flies Spectrum, an Aerostar 90, and loves competition flying with Top Gun.

Steve Williams
Pilot
Steve is a commercial pilot and lives in Corrales, NM.  He and Lonnie Carreathers are business partners in Elevated Custom Motors.  He loves competition flying with Top Gun and flying with friends and crew!
Jim Engle
Crew Chief/Student Pilot
Jim is Steve's primary crew chief and is a student pilot. Jim is Joe's brother and has incredible experience with his dad flying the Coke balloon for many years. Jim is also dedicated to safety and training!

Joe Engle
Crew Chief
Joe is Elevated’s Senior Crew Chief and is Lonnie's primary crew chief for competition days. Joe has been ballooning since the 70's when his dad was one of the pilots for Coke. He learned every position in the setup of a balloon and has seen just about everything in ballooning!
Pat Lane
Crew Chief/Student Pilot
Tech nerd by day, beard oil mixologist by night and a Crew Chief for Elevated 4x4 Balloons. Owner of PLC, LLC http://plc-it.com and Beard’N’Bush http://beardnbush.com Your Beard, Your Way. I love the science behind ballooning, but I also love helping folks get the best flight of their life and I get to do that with my friends. This is not a job, but rather a chance to fill my soul with adventure and fun!
Cindy Springs
Core Crew
I began crewing in December of 2020. It is the one of the best things I got involved with. I love crewing and being with such a great group of people. Ballooning is uplifting even when I am having a difficult day. The people and the balloons always make me smile.
Thomas Chapman
Core Crew

Mike Wheeler
Core Crew/Crew Chief
 
Angella Carrero
Core Crew

Tammy Lane
Core Crew

Emma Sedillo
Core Crew/Student Pilot
I am very passionate about ballooning and i love the joy and smiles it brings to people
 
Shannon Hildalgo
Core Crew


John Freeman
Core Crew
John started crewing in ‘83 with Jay Mason and the King Strut Balloon. John brings his expertise to the field every day and loves talking and being around people that want to experience the delight of flight!