About your instructor

Your flight instructor Randy Long has “been there, done that”
Life’s experiences have taught Randy Long many things. Starting his career as a travel agent, Long has traveled the world over and continues to do so, recently returning from a “spring break” trip to China with his wife Mary and teenagers, Amanda, Andrew and Stephanie.

All avid certified scuba divers, the family frequently make trips to popular dive destinations around the world, most recently in Bermuda. Not long ago, the Long’s were seen dog-sledding on a glacier in Alaska!

Randy originally came to Arizona from Illinois, selling his travel agency to open a hot air balloon ride business. The business opened in 1991 with Long as the sole pilot with one balloon accommodating two passengers. When Long sold the business in 2003 it had nearly 50 employees and ten twelve-passenger balloons, flying around 15,000 passengers each year! He has logged over 2000 flights as pilot-in-command and flown in many parts of the world including England and France.

After selling the balloon business he purchased a 42 passenger, 1200 horsepower jet boat which operated passenger tours on local lakes. However, Long’s true love is still and remains, aviation. In October, 2008 Long became the first FAA certified flight instructor for powered parachutes in the State of Arizona. At that same time he was also appointed the official representative of Six Chuter for Arizona. Six Chuter is a leading manufacturer of powered parachutes in the United States. Now he can be found flying the skies of North Phoenix over the Sonoran Desert…just as he likes it!











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