Pilot Profiles

Get to know some of the pilots who will be flying at Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta

Oliver Webb

I hold a commercial pilots licence and have flown all over Europe and beyond. I’m qualified to fly balloons up to 315,000 cubit ft. and a co-founder of York Balloon

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Harry Stringer

I started ballooning in the early 1980s and became a pilot in 1991. Along with my wife Freda, son Jason and daughter Melissa, we have flown in many amazing places

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David Bareford

I started ballooning in 1974. In 1977 I took part in the British Nationals and first represented the U.K. at the World Championships at Castle Howard later that year coming

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Peter Haworth

I’ve been a keen balloonist for 20 years and ballooning has taken me to many events in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. It’s a great sport to do

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Andrew Evans

I will be flying a Lindstrand Balloon Company ex demonstrator which he shares with David and Julie Hartland. My wife Helen is also a qualified pilot. I hold commercial and

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Mark Dunstan

I have been flying balloons for over 30 years in several countries and it is still a thrill after 1300 flights. It is a passion that doesn’t fade.

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David Rawlings

Our balloon, Polly, is a favourite wherever we fly, with its vibrant colours you can spot it for miles. We’re looking forward to flying the sky’s of York, and hopefully

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Pete Dalby

I was born in York and have been flying balloons for 35 years. I’m renowned for being a special shape pilot, I famously flew Bertie Bassett once from the Eye

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Hugo Hall

I’ve spent some time in Australia with a few balloon operators and returned home to the UK to create Fly Away Ballooning. I’m from a ballooning family. Three generations and

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