Gary Heavin is from Waco, Texas. Gary started hot-air ballooning because of his love for flying and competition. He has been a licensed balloon pilot for over 30 years with over 750 hours as pilot-in-command of a balloon.
Gary will be flying a different balloon this year instead of his Curves balloon. His new balloon is called "Almost Heaven", a play on his last name, Heavin. He and his wife Diane have two kids, Shilah and Brandon (the other Curves balloon pilot). Gary is the founder, owner and CEO of Curves International. His Curves balloon name is a double etendre' play on his last name..."Heavin Bound/Almost Heavin".
This will Gary's 5th year participating in the event. Both his wife Diane and daughter Shila are on his crew. Gary placed #10 in the 2012 hot-air balloon competitions.