From inflation to recovery, it's teamwork!
A Hot Air Balloon flight requires the coordination of a team. Without his teammates, the pilot could not freely practice his sport. The chase crew always accompanies the pilot when he travels. It helps with balloon installation and inflation. Once the balloon has taken off, the teammates maintain visual and/or radio contact with the pilot. They follow the balloon up to where it lands.
Once the hot balloon has landed, the chase crew meet the pilot to proceed with balloon recovery, after having obtained the landowner's permission.
Each year, the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu recruits close to 600 volunteers, who experience the adventure of the chase crew during the event.