Debbie Harding has been flying commercially since 1987. She founded Air Ventures in 1990 with one four person balloon. Air Ventures has three balloons and three full-time pilots. She holds Australian and U.S. Commercial Hot Air Balloon Pilot ratings. Debbie is also an instructor and has four qualified commercial pilots to her credit. She has flown commercially in Australia, Africa, Jamaica and Yugoslavia. She has attended balloon rallies in France, Italy and Hungary, placing 2nd among the Americans in Lorraine, France in 1995 and third in Monte Forte, Italy in 1990. She has also flown in Austria, Canada and several different states. She was selected for the Women to Watch Award by Business Philadelphia Magazine in 1995 and placed on Pennsylvania's Honor Roll of Women in 1996. She is a four year veteran of the Wings program which is a volunteer rating program in continuing skills and education of pilots organized by the Federal Aviation Administration. She attends yearly continuing education and safety seminars for commercial operators. She holds a Masters degree in Social Policy Research and Development from Bryn Mawr.