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Zeigler Auto Group’s New Hot Air Balloon Takes Flight Just in Time for Easter

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Kalamazoo, MI, April 07, 2021 –(PR.com)– Zeigler Auto Group unveiled its new hot air balloon on April 4, 2021, during a test flight piloted by its Zeigler Maserati-Alfa Romeo-Fiat of Grandville general sales manager, Derrick Jones — an award-winning pilot with 26 years of experience. Taking off from Jamestown Elementary on Easter Sunday at 6:45p.m., the hot air balloon concluded its voyage roughly an hour later just north of Hudsonville.

Jones, a member of the Balloon Federation of America since 1995 and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale since 2011, says he started crewing at the age of 9, took his first flight at 12, and received his student pilot certificate at 14 —becoming one of the youngest pilots in the Great Lakes Area at the time. Later he received his private pilot license at 16 and his commercial one at just 21.

“I came up with this idea not just to share my passion for ballooning, but also to represent…

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