The AirBoss for the 2018 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival will be none other than Ryan Seiler. Ryan has served as the Battle Creek AirBoss since 2004, and was Assistant AirBoss for many years prior to that. Ryan is a pilot himself, serving as Lead Flight Instructor at the Western Michigan University College of Aviation (his Alma Mater) right here in Battle Creek. He is also the Head Coach for the nationally recognized Sky Broncos flight team, who have continually placed in national competitions for the better part of a decade. In the Air Show world, Ryan is known for his commitment to safety and putting together an almost five hour flying sequence (multiple days) that runs well and transitions smoothly. As the conductor of the air show, it takes a lot of focus to be able to put together a sequence that runs with minimal downtime (except for scheduled downtime) and keep the action going, all while maintaining the highest focal point of safety. With his 14 years of experience as AirBoss, Ryan is an experienced AirBoss that is well liked by all the performers that perform in Battle Creek.
The Assistant AirBoss for the 2018 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival will be Bretten Bailey. Bailey will be stepping in to fill the shoes of usual Assistant AirBoss Ken Glidden, who has prior commitments during the 2018 event. Brett is known throughout the air show world for usually working on the production side of the events and taking care of media/promotion. While still doing both for the 2018 Field of Flight, he'll also be assisting Ryan Seiler. Bailey grew up in the Air Show world and has been attending shows ever since he was a baby before finally getting involved with the industry in 2001. He graduated from the Western Michigan University College of Aviation as well as the College of Arts & Sciences with a double major. Brett has been involved with the Field of Flight for numerous years, serving as the Media Director for the event. When not working air shows/balloon festivals, he works for a Delta Global Services (a wholly owned subsidary of Delta Air Lines) as well as for the Air Zoo (the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum) in Kalamazoo, Michigan.