Susan Stamats is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She saw a hot-air balloon and then she was hooked. She now has been a licensed balloon pilot for 28 years with over 2100 hours as pilot-in-command of a balloon.
Susan flies the "Alley Cat" balloon. She has participated in every event at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Competitions except one. She says her balloon crew is the Best in the World!