Johnny Petrehn is from Missouri City, Texas. He started hot-air ballooning in the early 70's has been a licensed balloon pilot since 1987. He works in real estate.
The name of his balloon this year is "Kodachrome". Previously he flew "Racer X" and he has competed in EVERY Field of Flight Balloon Competition in Battle Creek since 1991. His brother, Paul Petrehn, also is a hot-air balloon pilot.
Johnny won #4 in 2016, 1st place in 2014 and placed #8 in 2013 & #1 in 2012 in the Battle Creek Field of Flight Hot-Air Balloon Competitions.
1986 FAA Student Pilot License (Age 14)
1988 FAA Private Pilot License (Age 16)
1990 FAA Commercial Pilot License (Age 18)
1998 Balloon Federation of America National Champion- Rantoul, IL
2001 North American Balloon Association National Champion- Waco, TX
2003 North American Balloon Association National Champion- Waco, TX
2004 North American Balloon Association National Champion- Baton Rouge, LA
2006 World Hot Air Balloon Champion- Tochigi, Japan
2010 World Hot Air Balloon Champion- Debrecen, Hungary
2014 Balloon Federation of America National Champion- Longview, TX
2015 Balloon Federation of America National Champion- Longview, TX
2017 Balloon Federation of America National Champion- Shreveport, LA
60+ balloon competitions won
2 Time World Champion (2006 Tochigi Japan & 2010 Debrecen, Hungary)
4 Time BFA US National Champion
3 Time NABA US National Champion
2 Time US National Team Champion (Battle Creek, MI)
John has been awarded with the highest honor in ballooning worldwide, the prestigious Diplome Montgolfier, and the highest award nationally in ballooning, The Harmon Trophy. He has represented the USA in 10 World Championships, 3 World Air Games. He has 3100 + hours piloting balloons ranging from 21,000 ft2 – 240,000 ft2, including a wide range of special shapes balloons- all with a perfect safety record.
John Petrehn is the owner and chief pilot of Magniflight LLC based in Houston, Texas. Currently, Magniflight LLC operates balloon programs across the United States and around the world for clients Canon USA, Hines and Bimbo Bakeries.