Balloon Pilots

Jayson Kimball – Jitterbug My name is Jayson Kimball Iā€™m the second generation Hot Air Balloon Pilot owner of Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides.

Pat Irwin – Battle Born 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 …

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Justin Wilkinson – RE/MAX Justin Wilkinson is a 2nd generation pilot from Palm Desert, California. He has been flying hot air balloons since the age of 12. He enjoys traveling to hot air balloon events around the world with his wife and 3 amazing children. 

Robert Raper – Fallen Angels 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 …

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Darren Kling ā€“ CAVU Darren Kling has nearly 30 years of experience flying balloons around the country as well as internationally and is the owner/operator of Big Sky Balloon Company based here in Central Oregon. He offers scenic balloon flights over the spectacular landscape of the high desert and also manages a corporate balloon program …

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