Butler Ballooning


A close second is FUN, FUN, FUN!!! Pop that question to the girl of your dreams in a hot air balloon ride!!! Work with me for a birthday or anniversary surprise! Or surprise your work team with a surprise reward for a job well done!! Ballooning is a great team building experience where shared nervousness becomes shared joy!!

The Pilot

As an FAA licensed pilot with over 40 years of flying experience, I bring a wealth of expertise to each flight. My journey includes more than 30 years and over 5000 hours of flying balloons across five countries, alongside commercial airplane flying for both scheduled services and charter operations.

My ballooning adventures have taken me to the USA, Canada, South Africa, Tanzania, and Egypt. Notably, I served as the chief pilot for the world-renowned Serengeti Balloon Safaris. Hot air ballooning is not just a profession for me; it’s a passion, and I am dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all my passengers.

I understand that some may feel anxious about flying, and I have a special ability to ease the worries of nervous passengers. If you’re feeling apprehensive, I encourage you to talk to me about it. Remember, fear should never be allowed to steal your dreams. My commitment to safety is reflected in my unblemished record. In fact, the most hazardous part of your experience is likely to be the drive to the launch site, not the flight itself!

My USA FAA pilot’s license number is 2151598. This includes Commercial Balloon and Airplane certifications, an Instrument Rating, Multi Engine, and a Type Rating for Turbo Prop. The FAA mandates that balloon pilots have a Class 2 Medical Certificate, renewed annually for those of us over 40. This is just one of the many ways we ensure the utmost safety and professionalism in every flight.