WHO IS CAMERON BALLOONS?
|The largest and most diverse brand of balloon in the world. Cameron is the largest-selling brand of hot-air balloon in the world, and offers pilots the most extensive range of aerostats in the industry: hot-air balloons, personal “hopper” balloons; “first to fly around-the-world” roziere balloons; gas balloons; airships; and special-shape balloons.
The unity of one brand. The strength and diversity of two independent companies.
Cameron is a global brand that derives much of its strength from the fact that balloons bearing the name “Cameron” are designed and built by two distinct companies that are independently owned and managed 3⁄4 yet are steadfastly united in their commitment to building the industry’s best balloon. These two companies are Cameron Balloons US and Cameron Balloons Ltd. While each company shares the same overall vision for ballooning excellence, each independently serves the unique needs of its own customers. It’s a great balance between a shared brand philosophy 3⁄4 and the strength and diversity that comes with total independence.
Serving the needs of balloon enthusiasts in the United States, Cameron Balloons US is wholly U.S. owned, managed and staffed. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and fully regulated under the jurisdiction of the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), Cameron US has an accomplished history dating back more than 30 years. Serving overseas pilots around the world, Cameron Balloons Ltd. builds Camerons in a production facility situated in Bristol, England.
The brand of unparalleled Experience and Choice.
More than 8,000 Camerons have been built over the past 40-plus years – balloons of all types, sizes and shapes. That’s a lot of balloons, and a lot of experience. And it’s unprecedented, both in breadth and depth.
At Cameron US, our size and scope extends into our product lines as well, resulting in the greatest choice available in the market. We offer more envelope styles, shapes and sizes than any other company. Cameron is the largest-selling brand in the world because it has always provided the level of service and choice demanded by our customers — as well as the imagination, creativity and technical excellence needed to back up our clients’ demands.
Cameron Balloons Ltd. built the world’s very first Special Shape in 1976. Since then, the Cameron name has graced fleets of the most intricate shapes for customers such as Forbes Magazine and Disney — companies who are choosy about their suppliers and even more concerned with the quality of their image. More special shapes bear the name “Cameron” than any other manufacturer – more than 400+ balloons to date.
Twenty-six-plus years of experience building shapes comes to life in the form of the most dynamic and well engineered shapes in existence. And when it comes to building special shapes, experience is everything.
The most comprehensive manufacturing Teams in the industry.
The Cameron brand is designed and built by ballooning’s largest two teams of skilled engineers and active pilots. The two companies combined represent more than 90 employees, 10+ trained Engineers, and 20+ licensed pilots with 13,000+ logged hours. No other brand can make the same claim – or even come close.
And no other brand of balloon is characterized by such a diverse group of active sport balloonists, experienced commercial operators, engineers, business professionals, and record-breakers. We can assist you in every aspect of ballooning, whether sport or commercial. Yet another Cameron exclusive.
At Cameron US, we achieve our high quality standards with a production team that has an average of nearly 11 years building Camerons, not counting the nearly 37 years of combined manufacturing experience of people like Debbie Branch – our Envelope Coordinator, and Dave Moody – our Engineering Manager.
The most accomplished brand of balloon on the planet.
Two of the three current Absolute (all classes of balloons) World Records were broken by pilots flying Camerons: (1) Distance; and (2) Duration. The only remaining record is that of Altitude, held by the U.S. military.
» And eleven of the past twenty U.S. National Champions flew to victory in a Cameron. The next competitive brand? Only three of twenty.
» Steve Fossett, the first man to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean, broke the world Distance record in 1995. And he did it in a stock Cameron Roziere envelope. In 1998, Steve Fossett flew farther (Distance) yet, more than anyone else had previously flown in the then 214 year history of ballooning.
» In 1997, the Breitling Orbiter beat the world record for the longest duration unrefuelled flight in the history of aviation. And once again, it was with Cameron Roziere technology.
» In 1999, the Breitling Orbiter III 3⁄4 a Cameron Roziere 650 piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones — was the first balloon ever to fly around the world.
» And in 2002, Steve Fossett made the history books when he shattered Breitling’s round-the-world record by completing the journey in less time. Piloting his Cameron R-550, not only did Steve fly faster, he flew solo – yet another first.
Supplier of the Industry’s best service.
At Cameron US, we take the business of ballooning seriously. So you can have some serious fun. Or seriously operate a commercial business. Or both. Furthermore, with a team of highly experienced commercial operators and active sport pilots, we “speak your language” and identify with your needs.
Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cameron Balloons U.S. operates a full-service manufacturing facility, here to support you with parts, service and advice. We offer unmatched factory service that doesn’t keep you waiting for parts. In fact, our parts are usually shipped the same day. Customer service is embedded in our factory culture — just ask a Cameron owner or your local repair station about our response time and you’ll discover that the quality of our service is not common to other brands. Why be grounded waiting for parts?
A brand offering unparalleled engineering.
The Cameron brand is designed by more engineers than our three major U.S. competitors combined, and is built on a foundation of superior engineering designs — designs generated and well tested by the industry’s largest and most comprehensive effort. In fact, in its 26 year history, Cameron Balloons US has a track record unequaled in American balloon manufacturing.
Whether you’re in California or Germany, Houston or Krakow, you won’t be alone when you fly a Cameron. The Cameron brand is represented by a network of more than 75 representatives in the United States 3⁄4 and by more than another 80 representatives in 45+ countries of the world*.
* Dealers outside of the United States are representatives for Cameron Balloons Ltd. of Bristol, England.