A Balloon Over Sonoma County

About Us (ABOS) and Captain Chuck

A Balloon Over Sonoma and ABOS Productions was founded in September 19, 1993 by Chuck Arreola. 210 years to the date of the first balloon fight by the Mongolfier Brothers. Since then he has been providing classy and enjoyable balloon fights.

Meet Our Chief Pilot: Captain Chuck

Born and raised in California, Captain Chuck Arreola has flown all over the United States and Europe. In his travels he found two of the most beautiful valley’s in the world, Napa and Sonoma.

Chuck became an Airline Transport Pilot, while flying for Sierra Pacific Airlines with over 5000 hours of aircraft time. Commercial Multi-engine rated, Instrument rated and Flight Engineer Turbojet rated.

He has been flying balloons for 11 years and has over 1300 hours of flight time. He is qualified to fly you in a 16, 10, 8, 6, 4 or 2 passenger balloon. In his free time Chuck sells “Real Estate” and gets to preview property from the air. Chuck loves to fly and takes his vacation each October at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Chuck's favorite saying:

"The only way to start the day, is get off the earth each morning."





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