“EYAHNE ON THE HORIZON” Hot Air Balloon
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s hot air balloon,
Eyahne on the Horizon, will take to the skies for its
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® debut
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s new hot air balloon, Eyahne On The Horizon, will take to the skies for its first Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which takes place October 2-10, 2021. The balloon made its maiden voyage in Albuquerque in September 2020 and serves as a proud ambassador for IPCC. Eyahne means “blessings” in the Keres Native American language, and the unique balloon features a distinctive, Pueblo-inspired design that symbolizes the sacred beliefs and culture of the Pueblo peoples of New Mexico. IPCC’s balloon is a partnership with Rainbow Ryders, the Southwest’s premier hot air balloon company. In honor of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, Rainbow Ryders chose the N-Number “N19NM” when registering the aircraft with the FAA.
Eyahne On The Horizon was made in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by Cameron Balloons, the world’s largest balloon manufacturer. The balloon is 275,000 cubic feet in size, measures 86 feet tall, 68 feet wide at the equator, and is capable of lifting 6,000 pounds, or 12 to 14 passengers, plus the pilot. It is one of the largest ride balloons in New Mexico.
“We took delivery of our balloon in 2020 and had planned for last year’s Balloon Fiesta to be Eyahne’s first. Like all balloon enthusiasts, we were sorely disappointed when the event had to be cancelled due to the extraordinary circumstances,” said Michael Canfield, President & CEO of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. He continued, “That makes our participation in October’s Balloon Fiesta even more special. We couldn’t be more excited to see Eyahne On The Horizon take her place among the iconic balloons in the skies over Albuquerque when this spectacular show makes its eagerly anticipated return. We are also delighted to partner with Scott Appelman and his excellent team at Rainbow Ryders—the very best in the business—and to become even more involved in Albuquerque’s world-famous, local balloon culture and community.”
- Designed by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center staff
- Manufactured in Ann Arbor, Michigan, by Cameron Balloons, the world’s largest balloon manufacturer
- It is one of the largest ride balloons in New Mexico.
- 86 feet tall by 68 feet wide at the equator
- Can lift 6,000 pounds, or 12 to 14 passengers, plus the pilot
- Will fly 200-300 times per year in the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Los Lunas areas
- Piloted by Rainbow Ryders
Guide to design elements:
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