Without a team, no pilot will ever take off. Within the CLA a large number of volunteers, which are passionate about ballooning, accompany the pilots when they go flying.
Crew members assist the pilots with the inflation of the balloon, chase the balloon by car during flights, and help stowing the balloon away after landing.
Especially new club members gain valuable experience as crew members. This experience will serve them well once they decide to become a pilot as well.
If they wish crew members can from time to time join a flight and can accompany pilots that go abroad for meetings or competitions.