Don started in ballooning as a crew member for local balloon pilots. This sparked a desire to pilot his own balloon and he went on to obtain his commercial pilot certificate. He has flown through out New England, and in 2006 Don participated as a member of the American team competing in the 36th Irish Ballooning Championships in Athlone, Ireland. In 2007 Don started Misty River Ballooning located in Florence, MA.
Firehawk is a Balloon Works AX-7 and can be seen flying in the Pioneer Valley & Foothills of the Berkshires.