Steve Wilkinson has been a full time hot air balloon pilot for over 40 years. He and his son Justin run the family balloon business Fantasy Balloon Flights in Palm Springs, CA. Steve enjoys traveling with the Cosmic Crisp Apple balloon across the US and world.
I have been married to my wife Melanie since 1980 celebrating 41 years this year. We have two wonderful children and 1 grandchild. I have been part of ballooning since the 1981 when the Great Reno Balloon Race was created. I attended as a spectator and have held every position you can imagine [...]
Justin Wilkinson is a 2nd generation commercial hot air balloon pilot from Southern California. He enjoys traveling with his family to ballooning events all over the USA making memories while doing what he loves.
Robert Raper received his commercial pilot's certificate in 1996 and bought his first balloon in 1995, while learning to fly. Currently he has five balloons and manages his business, High Plains Drifter Hot Air Balloons, LLC (based in Montana). Raper currently lives in North Bend, OR (on the West Coast of Oregon) and usually [...]
Darren Kling has 25 years of experience flying balloons around the country, as well as internationally, and is the owner/operator of Big Sky Balloon Co. based in Central Oregon. He offers scenic balloon flights over the spectacular landscape of the high desert and also manages a corporate balloon program for RE/MAX International throughout [...]