In the 70’s, Maurice Chaize, awnings manufacturer and sail maker in Saint-Etienne, discovers and falls in love with hot air ballooning, as yet a very confidential hobby. Modern ballooning, originating from the US, is at its beginnings!
With another fellow balloonist, Pierre Schubert, Maurice builds his first balloon type, the “CS”, certified in 1975. Ballons Chaize is born.
Maurice and other enthusiasts contribute to balloons popularity in France, as a recreational activity, a sport, and later an exclusive tourist activity.
Dany Cleyet-Marrel, pilot, explorer and son in-law to Maurice, will push aerostatic boundaries a bit further by inventing the Canopy Raft and the Cinébulle, for scientific, discovery and cinematographic purposes, collaborating and innovating with Ballons Chaize.
After building more than a hundred balloons, Maurice Chaize retires in 1985 and sells Ballons Chaize to Bernard Jacquemot who creates a second type certificate with Serge Zuin : the “JZ”. The manufacture is then relocated to Annonay, hometown of the Montgolfier Brothers, and keeps building an average of 12 balloons per year, before shutting down in 2009.