Mike Hernandez began flying balloons after taking his wife for a birthday flight in October 2006. He attained his Commercial Pilot's Certificate in April 2010 and has flown all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. He has flown and continues to enjoy flying special shaped balloons and his wife, Ellen, and his balloon's VELMA and ROSCOE locally in the Glens Falls, NY region. Mike and Ellen attend the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival each year and this year will mark their 7th event at Fiesta. Mike has been a Pilot at the Saratoga Craft and Balloon Festival since its beginning and is again excited to take part in such an excellent event.