Meet the Bristol Balloons Team
The Boss - Nic Amor
Nic first joined Bristol Balloons in 1983 when he applied for a job as crew driver. In 2008, together with his wife Gabby, Nic bought the Company and became MD.
He combines ballooning with looking after his two young boys, Ben and Ollie. Always one to keep his eye on the ball, when not at his desk or flying, you'll probably catch him fitting in a quiet game of snooker.
Chief Pilot - Mike Evans
With over 2500 hours flying experience, flights all over Europe and now a Civil Aviation Authority Examiner, Mike Evans is probably one of the region's most experienced pilots. Flying since 1982, when he discovered the Hot Air Balloon Club at Bath University, he is a major contributor to local ballooning, regularly seen over the skies of Bath and pioneering training for local pilots when he's on the ground.
When on holiday Mike's favourite launch site is the small village of Chateau D'Oex in the Swiss Mountains flying over a blanket of white snow and clear blue skies. Every once in a while you may catch sight of him in a local park with his own small hot air balloon, helping sons Thomas and Oliver practice their flying skills on the end of a rope. Alternatively try the HopPole another favourite local venue where, when not flying, he might be tempted to sample a pint.
Pilot - Pete Dalby
Pete joined the company in 2006 but has been flying for 20 years.
When not flying passengers Pete can often be seen flying some weird and wonderful special shape balloons including the Bertie Basset Balloon, or the single seater Ikea balloon with the armchair seat for the Pilot.
This is not a list of all the pilots who fly for us, you may be flown by another pilot not listed here. All are suitably qualified commercial balloon pilots and comply with Civil Aviation Authority regulations and procedures.
Pilot Biographies to follow