Returning to Battle Creek for his 4th year, Andrew 'AJ' Nels, from Atlanta, Georgia will be flying his new balloon called Astro Racer in the Field of Flight Balloon Competition. His old balloon was Big Red Balloon. AJ has been a licensed hot-air balloon pilot since 2005. When he's not flying his balloon, he is employed at an Engineer at Delta Airlines. AJ placed #8 in the 2016 hot-air balloon championship.