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Meet the Team

The Balloon Aloft team is a group of dedicated ballooning professionals with a passion for flying and sharing the magic of hot air ballooning with others. Learn more about what makes our team so special...

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Graeme Scaife

Owner, Director & Pilot

What’s you nickname?
Grazza

When did you get started in ballooning?
1985

What’s your favourite thing about your job?  
Meeting many different people from many different countries. Every flight is different and challenging.

Describe a day on the job?
As Chief Pilot, I am responsible for all the pilots and crew, checking that their qualifications are up to date and their check flights are completed to the correct standard.

How many flights have you been on?
About 4000

What’s your dream holiday?
Living where I live in Port Stephens.

Who is your hero?
Queen Elizabeth II.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Jacqueline Bisset.

What is your funniest ballooning story?  
I landed in a Monastery garden, the monks all came out and stood and looked but when I spoke to them they would not answer me. The gardener said it was their hour of silence, just my luck!

 

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Matthew Scaife

Director, Hunter & Sydney Pilot. Australian Ballooning Champion.

Matthew is the current Australian Ballooning champion having won the title for the second year running and is ranked 10th in the world in competition ballooning.  Matthew got an early start in ballooning, taking his very first flight with his father, Graeme, at the age of 6 and going on to gain his pilot’s licence at the age of 21. 14 Years later he now has over 2000 flying hours of experience, two Australian Championship wins and two top 5 results in International competition in 2014. Matthew has a deep love of flying and can be found most mornings drifting above the Hunter Valley, Camden or the Hawkesbury.

How did you become involved in ballooning?
Graeme, my dad, taught me to fly.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Looking at everyone's faces after take off

How many flights have you been on?
About 2500

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Taking off from The World Island's in Dubai and landing on The Palm

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Winning my second Australian National Championship in 2015

What’s you nickname?
Ginge

If you haven’t become a balloonist what would you be doing as a career right now?
A magician

Who is your hero?
Gordan Ramsey

What’s your karaoke song?  
Wicked Games by Chris Isaak       

What is one thing you will never do again?
Watch my wife give birth

What would you name your rock band?
The Flying Stones

 

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David Bain

General Manager (as in generally he manages)

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
18 years

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Working with people that love their job and are passionate about it.

Describe a day on the job
The serious part of getting the aircraft ready for action followed by meeting & greeting passengers, (several coffees) lots of joking around with pilots and crew (we get off on giving each other a hard time ). Watching different peoples reactions as we near take off and at the other end they are always smiling...Plenty of fun during pack up and back to Petersons for the most perfect way to finish the morning.      
   
How did you become involved in ballooning?
Through a friend who was crewing at the time ... I actually worked occasionally without being paid just because I loved it so much.

How many flights have you been on?
I have my private pilot license and currently studying for a commercial licence. I have 100 flight hours

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Crewing for Women’s World Champion Pilot, Nicola Scaife, who is one of our pilots at Balloon Aloft

What’s your karaoke song?   
Jack and Dianne ...But during ballooning can be heard singing a bit of Come Fly With Me, come fly, come fly away!   

Rollercoaster or Merry-go-round?
Will throw up on both!

What’s your dream holiday?
Anywhere which involves ballooning (my wife might disagree)

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Nicola Scaife

Hunter Valley Pilot & Two-Time Women's World Ballooning Champion

In 2014 Nicola took out the inaugural Women’s World Ballooning Championship held in Poland. In 2015 she backed up that win with a first place at the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge and second place in the Australian Ballooning Championship competing against some of the biggest names in the sport. When she’s not forging an impressive name for herself in the world of competition ballooning, Nicola enjoys sharing her love of flying with her passengers on Balloon Aloft Hunter Valley sunrise flights.

When did you get started in ballooning?
10 years ago, in Canberra.

How did you become involved in ballooning?
 I was fortunate to secure my first job with a ballooning company the morning of my first ever balloon flight. I was a passenger and loved the experience so much I asked for a job! I started out as retrieve crew and also working in the office and then worked my way to becoming a pilot.

Describe a day on the job.   
My day starts when my alarm goes off at crazy o’clock, usually about 2 hours before sunrise. That's the only time it really feels like a job! I get up and check the weather then head to Peterson House to greet and sign in my passengers for the morning. Here we do another weather check, choose our launch site and plan the flight. We fly for around an hour then pack up and head back for a champagne breakfast where I get to chat with my passengers more. Then there is some paperwork to be done and I head home for a nap (an essential and great perk of the job!).

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Winning the Women’s World hot air ballooning championships in Poland in 2014. Being ranked the #2 balloon pilot in Australia (male and female).

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
My husband and I took our son, Hugo, on his first balloon flight when we were in Dubai recently at the World Air Games. We launched from The Palm flew out over the Arabian Gulf and then flew inland towards the desert. It was an incredible flight!

What is your funniest ballooning story?
We used to have a country music festival in the Hunter Valley. Flying over the camping area in the mornings always made for an entertaining flight for my passengers. With people sleeping in very odd places and in various states of dress!

When you’re not ballooning where would we find you?
Ballooning is also my hobby so I am always ballooning! Otherwise I’ll be at home with my 2-year-old son, Hugo, swimming or bushwalking.

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Clay Rix

Hunter Valley & Sydney Pilot. Part-time Goof Ball

When did you get started in ballooning?
9 years ago

Describe a day on the job?  
Uplifting

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Gaining my commercial license

When you’re not ballooning where would we find you?
Motorbike riding

What’s you nickname?
Rixy

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Drew Barrymore

What’s your favourite sport that you can’t actually play?
Kurling

What is the funniest thing you have heard a child say?
Today I'm feeling the pain of success

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Sanshiro Ishihara

Hunter Valley & Sydney Pilot and all round nice guy

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?

3 years

 

When did you get started in ballooning?

30 years ago

 

What is your favourite ballooning memory?

Watching 170 balloons in the sky over Saga, Japan in 1997.

 

What is your favourite place to fly?

Anywhere where the temperature falls between -25℃ to 25 ℃

 

If you could take a balloon flight anywhere is the world, where would it be?

Patagonia

 

What’s you nickname?

346

 

What is one thing you will never do again?

Ice skating

 

What’s your favourite sport that you can’t actually play?

Sumo

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Dean Pegg (Deano)

Sydney Area Crew Master and Guru

When did you get started in ballooning?
In the eighties.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Watching the balloons take off.

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Being on back to back National Champion Teams, twice!

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Matt and Nic's energy when he led the Battle Creek Worlds in 2012.

Who is your hero?
Eddie Mabo.

If you hadn't become a balloonist what would you be doing as a career right now?
Agriculture and horticulture.

When you’re not ballooning where would we find you?
In the rainforest.

 

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Travis Evans

Sydney Area Crew and Resident Comedian

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
Since November 2011

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Just imagine waking up and knowing you're going to be spending the morning having a great time with your best mates ... well it's nothing like that.

The customer interaction and having the honour of taking people on a flight they got for a special occasion, sometimes their birthdays, anniversary or to tick off on their list of things to do. How great it is to share such a special time and being remembered during one of their greatest moments in their life

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Having my twin sister Haylie start crewing with me.

What is your funniest ballooning story?
Being called Clayton's brother.

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Being called Clayton's brother.

When you’re not ballooning where would we find you?
You will find me at my usual job- Policing- or driving around a 4.2metre high Guide Dog called Gulliver.

What's something you're passionate about?
I'm passionate about the work of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and actively volunteer and fundraise for them. I am incredibly thankful Balloon Aloft support me with this charity.

What’s you nickname?
Sarge

Favourite food?
Donuts and Chicken Boscaiola, not together of course.

What’s your secret talent?
I'm a drummer

What’s the worst gift you ever received?
If I say what it was then the person I re gifted it to will know I don't really like them. It was a candle ... not even a scented candle. Have you ever received a non-scented candle from me?

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Sam Huggins

Hunter Valley Pilot and Reservations Office Guest Star

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
I've been employed by Balloon Aloft for nearly 5 years now, but to say I've 'worked' for 5 years would be a bit of an overstatement ;)


How did you become involved in ballooning?
I made the huge 1 hour trek from Muswellbrook down to the lovely wine region to attend university at Newcastle. One of the pilots at Balloon Aloft, who was also my basketball coach, told me he had a 'driving job' for me which fitted in perfectly with uni. The next thing I know I was starting work at 4am the next morning chasing balloons, and for anyone who has flown with us before knows, it's impossible not to fall in love with.


What is your greatest career accomplishment?
I have only recently received my private hot air balloon license, with the goal of becoming a commercial pilot in the years to come. By far the proudest moment of my career was receiving the paperwork and confirmation in the post :D


What's your nickname?
Apparently my nickname is cuddles, anyone know where it comes from?


What is your favourite sport or hobby?
If you don't find me out in the fields working with hot air balloons you'll probably find me at the basketball courts shooting, coaching or playing. I have no doubt you'll guess which ones the basketball player when you come flying


Who's your hero?
Yosh, one of our pilots here at Balloon Aloft. Ask how he saved a burning building...

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Karen Scott

Balloon Crew Rockstar

When did you get started in ballooning?
About three years ago

How did you become involved in ballooning?
 I bought a flight for myself and my partner and we loved it so much we asked if there was any jobs available.

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
There's so many, but the most that sticks out would be attending Northam in WA for a ballooning competition

If you hadn't become a balloonist what would you be doing as a career right now?
Ballooning is my second job and is more like a hobby, my real job is a police officer

Favourite food?
Anything that is not good for me

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Keith Urban

What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?
Camel sausages

What’s your secret talent?
I can't tell you as it wouldn't be a secret

 

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Michelle Wills

Marketing Manager


How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
Eleven Years

How did you become involved in ballooning?
I was working in public relations and had been involved in ballooning via different jobs. I loved my first balloon flight so when the opportunity came to work for a ballooning company in the Hunter I jumped at the chance.


What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Flying with my husband recently over the vineyards. I also have fond memories of my very first balloon flight at Marty's Balloon Fiesta in Canowindra and enjoying a ride in a tethered polar bear shaped balloon at Milson's Point next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


What is your greatest career accomplishment?  
Submitting and winning Best Adventure Tourism Operator for Balloon Aloft at many Hunter and NSW Tourism Awards.

What’s you nickname?
 Shell

Favourite food?
Salt and Pepper Squid

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Tom Selleck. I am so old! I used to love watching Magnum PI when I was young and had a picture of him on my wall! lol

What is the funniest thing you have heard a child say?
My son told my husband recently "Dad, Happy wife, Happy life!" He is only nine so I'm not sure where he picked up that line but I definitely agree with him!

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Peili (Ava) Zhang

Sales & Accounting Champ

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
2.5 years

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Working with the best team.

If you could take a balloon flight anywhere is the world, where would it be?
Turkey
 
What’s you nickname?
Lele

Favourite food?
Dumplings

Who is your hero?
My Dad

Rollercoaster or Merry-go-round?
Merry-go-round, 100% sure!

 

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Amy Fox

Reservations Star & Fun Manager

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
A bit over 5 years

How many flights have you been on?
4 Balloon flights, it would be more if I was a morning person.

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Being able to fly with my two best friend was pretty amazing experience to share with them.

When you’re not ballooning where would we find you?
At the Basketball courts.

What’s your dream holiday?
Somewhere tropical

Favourite food?
Mexican or chocolate it’s a tough choice.

What’s your karaoke song?
Classic come back king, John Farnham, You’re the voice.
    
What’s your secret talent?
Can whistle and hum at the same time.

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Peta Hurley

Does something around here...

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?  
14 years.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Working with a great team of people that are more like family than work colleagues.

If you could take a balloon flight anywhere is the world, where would it be?
I’d love to fly over the Snowy Mountains.

How many flights have you been on?
Probably close to 100.

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Learning to fly with friends in England.

What’s your dream holiday?
Snowboarding in Canada.

Rollercoaster or Merry-go-round?
Rollercoaster. And then Rollercoster again.

What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?
Chicken feet. Tastes like chicken.

What is one thing you will never do again?
Eat chicken feet.

Do you collect anything?
Does cellulite count?

Graeme Scaife
Owner, Director & Pilot
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Graeme Scaife

Owner, Director & Pilot

What’s you nickname?
Grazza

When did you get started in ballooning?
1985

What’s your favourite thing about your job?  
Meeting many different people from many different countries. Every flight is different and challenging.

Describe a day on the job?
As Chief Pilot, I am responsible for all the pilots and crew, checking that their qualifications are up to date and their check flights are completed to the correct standard.

How many flights have you been on?
About 4000

What’s your dream holiday?
Living where I live in Port Stephens.

Who is your hero?
Queen Elizabeth II.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Jacqueline Bisset.

What is your funniest ballooning story?  
I landed in a Monastery garden, the monks all came out and stood and looked but when I spoke to them they would not answer me. The gardener said it was their hour of silence, just my luck!

 

Matthew Scaife
Director, Hunter & Sydney Pilot. Australian Ballooning Champion.
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Matthew Scaife

Director, Hunter & Sydney Pilot. Australian Ballooning Champion.

Matthew is the current Australian Ballooning champion having won the title for the second year running and is ranked 10th in the world in competition ballooning.  Matthew got an early start in ballooning, taking his very first flight with his father, Graeme, at the age of 6 and going on to gain his pilot’s licence at the age of 21. 14 Years later he now has over 2000 flying hours of experience, two Australian Championship wins and two top 5 results in International competition in 2014. Matthew has a deep love of flying and can be found most mornings drifting above the Hunter Valley, Camden or the Hawkesbury.

How did you become involved in ballooning?
Graeme, my dad, taught me to fly.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Looking at everyone's faces after take off

How many flights have you been on?
About 2500

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Taking off from The World Island's in Dubai and landing on The Palm

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Winning my second Australian National Championship in 2015

What’s you nickname?
Ginge

If you haven’t become a balloonist what would you be doing as a career right now?
A magician

Who is your hero?
Gordan Ramsey

What’s your karaoke song?  
Wicked Games by Chris Isaak       

What is one thing you will never do again?
Watch my wife give birth

What would you name your rock band?
The Flying Stones

 

David Bain
General Manager (as in generally he manages)
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David Bain

General Manager (as in generally he manages)

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
18 years

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Working with people that love their job and are passionate about it.

Describe a day on the job
The serious part of getting the aircraft ready for action followed by meeting & greeting passengers, (several coffees) lots of joking around with pilots and crew (we get off on giving each other a hard time ). Watching different peoples reactions as we near take off and at the other end they are always smiling...Plenty of fun during pack up and back to Petersons for the most perfect way to finish the morning.      
   
How did you become involved in ballooning?
Through a friend who was crewing at the time ... I actually worked occasionally without being paid just because I loved it so much.

How many flights have you been on?
I have my private pilot license and currently studying for a commercial licence. I have 100 flight hours

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Crewing for Women’s World Champion Pilot, Nicola Scaife, who is one of our pilots at Balloon Aloft

What’s your karaoke song?   
Jack and Dianne ...But during ballooning can be heard singing a bit of Come Fly With Me, come fly, come fly away!   

Rollercoaster or Merry-go-round?
Will throw up on both!

What’s your dream holiday?
Anywhere which involves ballooning (my wife might disagree)

Nicola Scaife
Hunter Valley Pilot & Two-Time Women's World Ballooning Champion
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Nicola Scaife

Hunter Valley Pilot & Two-Time Women's World Ballooning Champion

In 2014 Nicola took out the inaugural Women’s World Ballooning Championship held in Poland. In 2015 she backed up that win with a first place at the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge and second place in the Australian Ballooning Championship competing against some of the biggest names in the sport. When she’s not forging an impressive name for herself in the world of competition ballooning, Nicola enjoys sharing her love of flying with her passengers on Balloon Aloft Hunter Valley sunrise flights.

When did you get started in ballooning?
10 years ago, in Canberra.

How did you become involved in ballooning?
 I was fortunate to secure my first job with a ballooning company the morning of my first ever balloon flight. I was a passenger and loved the experience so much I asked for a job! I started out as retrieve crew and also working in the office and then worked my way to becoming a pilot.

Describe a day on the job.   
My day starts when my alarm goes off at crazy o’clock, usually about 2 hours before sunrise. That's the only time it really feels like a job! I get up and check the weather then head to Peterson House to greet and sign in my passengers for the morning. Here we do another weather check, choose our launch site and plan the flight. We fly for around an hour then pack up and head back for a champagne breakfast where I get to chat with my passengers more. Then there is some paperwork to be done and I head home for a nap (an essential and great perk of the job!).

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Winning the Women’s World hot air ballooning championships in Poland in 2014. Being ranked the #2 balloon pilot in Australia (male and female).

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
My husband and I took our son, Hugo, on his first balloon flight when we were in Dubai recently at the World Air Games. We launched from The Palm flew out over the Arabian Gulf and then flew inland towards the desert. It was an incredible flight!

What is your funniest ballooning story?
We used to have a country music festival in the Hunter Valley. Flying over the camping area in the mornings always made for an entertaining flight for my passengers. With people sleeping in very odd places and in various states of dress!

When you’re not ballooning where would we find you?
Ballooning is also my hobby so I am always ballooning! Otherwise I’ll be at home with my 2-year-old son, Hugo, swimming or bushwalking.

Clay Rix
Hunter Valley & Sydney Pilot. Part-time Goof Ball
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Clay Rix

Hunter Valley & Sydney Pilot. Part-time Goof Ball

When did you get started in ballooning?
9 years ago

Describe a day on the job?  
Uplifting

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Gaining my commercial license

When you’re not ballooning where would we find you?
Motorbike riding

What’s you nickname?
Rixy

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Drew Barrymore

What’s your favourite sport that you can’t actually play?
Kurling

What is the funniest thing you have heard a child say?
Today I'm feeling the pain of success

Sanshiro Ishihara
Hunter Valley & Sydney Pilot and all round nice guy
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Sanshiro Ishihara

Hunter Valley & Sydney Pilot and all round nice guy

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?

3 years

 

When did you get started in ballooning?

30 years ago

 

What is your favourite ballooning memory?

Watching 170 balloons in the sky over Saga, Japan in 1997.

 

What is your favourite place to fly?

Anywhere where the temperature falls between -25℃ to 25 ℃

 

If you could take a balloon flight anywhere is the world, where would it be?

Patagonia

 

What’s you nickname?

346

 

What is one thing you will never do again?

Ice skating

 

What’s your favourite sport that you can’t actually play?

Sumo

Dean Pegg (Deano)
Sydney Area Crew Master and Guru
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Dean Pegg (Deano)

Sydney Area Crew Master and Guru

When did you get started in ballooning?
In the eighties.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Watching the balloons take off.

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Being on back to back National Champion Teams, twice!

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Matt and Nic's energy when he led the Battle Creek Worlds in 2012.

Who is your hero?
Eddie Mabo.

If you hadn't become a balloonist what would you be doing as a career right now?
Agriculture and horticulture.

When you’re not ballooning where would we find you?
In the rainforest.

 

Travis Evans
Sydney Area Crew and Resident Comedian
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Travis Evans

Sydney Area Crew and Resident Comedian

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
Since November 2011

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Just imagine waking up and knowing you're going to be spending the morning having a great time with your best mates ... well it's nothing like that.

The customer interaction and having the honour of taking people on a flight they got for a special occasion, sometimes their birthdays, anniversary or to tick off on their list of things to do. How great it is to share such a special time and being remembered during one of their greatest moments in their life

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Having my twin sister Haylie start crewing with me.

What is your funniest ballooning story?
Being called Clayton's brother.

What is your greatest career accomplishment?
Being called Clayton's brother.

When you’re not ballooning where would we find you?
You will find me at my usual job- Policing- or driving around a 4.2metre high Guide Dog called Gulliver.

What's something you're passionate about?
I'm passionate about the work of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and actively volunteer and fundraise for them. I am incredibly thankful Balloon Aloft support me with this charity.

What’s you nickname?
Sarge

Favourite food?
Donuts and Chicken Boscaiola, not together of course.

What’s your secret talent?
I'm a drummer

What’s the worst gift you ever received?
If I say what it was then the person I re gifted it to will know I don't really like them. It was a candle ... not even a scented candle. Have you ever received a non-scented candle from me?

Sam Huggins
Hunter Valley Pilot and Reservations Office Guest Star
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Sam Huggins

Hunter Valley Pilot and Reservations Office Guest Star

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
I've been employed by Balloon Aloft for nearly 5 years now, but to say I've 'worked' for 5 years would be a bit of an overstatement ;)


How did you become involved in ballooning?
I made the huge 1 hour trek from Muswellbrook down to the lovely wine region to attend university at Newcastle. One of the pilots at Balloon Aloft, who was also my basketball coach, told me he had a 'driving job' for me which fitted in perfectly with uni. The next thing I know I was starting work at 4am the next morning chasing balloons, and for anyone who has flown with us before knows, it's impossible not to fall in love with.


What is your greatest career accomplishment?
I have only recently received my private hot air balloon license, with the goal of becoming a commercial pilot in the years to come. By far the proudest moment of my career was receiving the paperwork and confirmation in the post :D


What's your nickname?
Apparently my nickname is cuddles, anyone know where it comes from?


What is your favourite sport or hobby?
If you don't find me out in the fields working with hot air balloons you'll probably find me at the basketball courts shooting, coaching or playing. I have no doubt you'll guess which ones the basketball player when you come flying


Who's your hero?
Yosh, one of our pilots here at Balloon Aloft. Ask how he saved a burning building...

Karen Scott
Balloon Crew Rockstar
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Karen Scott

Balloon Crew Rockstar

When did you get started in ballooning?
About three years ago

How did you become involved in ballooning?
 I bought a flight for myself and my partner and we loved it so much we asked if there was any jobs available.

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
There's so many, but the most that sticks out would be attending Northam in WA for a ballooning competition

If you hadn't become a balloonist what would you be doing as a career right now?
Ballooning is my second job and is more like a hobby, my real job is a police officer

Favourite food?
Anything that is not good for me

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Keith Urban

What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?
Camel sausages

What’s your secret talent?
I can't tell you as it wouldn't be a secret

 

Michelle Wills
Marketing Manager
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Michelle Wills

Marketing Manager


How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
Eleven Years

How did you become involved in ballooning?
I was working in public relations and had been involved in ballooning via different jobs. I loved my first balloon flight so when the opportunity came to work for a ballooning company in the Hunter I jumped at the chance.


What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Flying with my husband recently over the vineyards. I also have fond memories of my very first balloon flight at Marty's Balloon Fiesta in Canowindra and enjoying a ride in a tethered polar bear shaped balloon at Milson's Point next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.


What is your greatest career accomplishment?  
Submitting and winning Best Adventure Tourism Operator for Balloon Aloft at many Hunter and NSW Tourism Awards.

What’s you nickname?
 Shell

Favourite food?
Salt and Pepper Squid

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Tom Selleck. I am so old! I used to love watching Magnum PI when I was young and had a picture of him on my wall! lol

What is the funniest thing you have heard a child say?
My son told my husband recently "Dad, Happy wife, Happy life!" He is only nine so I'm not sure where he picked up that line but I definitely agree with him!

Peili (Ava) Zhang
Sales & Accounting Champ
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Peili (Ava) Zhang

Sales & Accounting Champ

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
2.5 years

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Working with the best team.

If you could take a balloon flight anywhere is the world, where would it be?
Turkey
 
What’s you nickname?
Lele

Favourite food?
Dumplings

Who is your hero?
My Dad

Rollercoaster or Merry-go-round?
Merry-go-round, 100% sure!

 

Amy Fox
Reservations Star & Fun Manager
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Amy Fox

Reservations Star & Fun Manager

How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?
A bit over 5 years

How many flights have you been on?
4 Balloon flights, it would be more if I was a morning person.

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Being able to fly with my two best friend was pretty amazing experience to share with them.

When you’re not ballooning where would we find you?
At the Basketball courts.

What’s your dream holiday?
Somewhere tropical

Favourite food?
Mexican or chocolate it’s a tough choice.

What’s your karaoke song?
Classic come back king, John Farnham, You’re the voice.
    
What’s your secret talent?
Can whistle and hum at the same time.

Peta Hurley
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Peta Hurley

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How long have you worked for Balloon Aloft?  
14 years.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Working with a great team of people that are more like family than work colleagues.

If you could take a balloon flight anywhere is the world, where would it be?
I’d love to fly over the Snowy Mountains.

How many flights have you been on?
Probably close to 100.

What is your favourite ballooning memory?
Learning to fly with friends in England.

What’s your dream holiday?
Snowboarding in Canada.

Rollercoaster or Merry-go-round?
Rollercoaster. And then Rollercoster again.

What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?
Chicken feet. Tastes like chicken.

What is one thing you will never do again?
Eat chicken feet.

Do you collect anything?
Does cellulite count?

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