LOY, Michael – Texas, USA Began ballooning in 1989 after watching a video of ballooning in Europe purchased a used FireFly balloon called Dawn Odyssey and obtained private hot air balloon certificate in 1989.  He last flew in the Wairarapa Balloon Festival with his special shape Off The Wall and is excited to be back this year with High Kitty.

LOY, Michael – Texas, USA

Began ballooning in 1989 after watching a video of ballooning in Europe purchased a used FireFly balloon called Dawn Odyssey and obtained private hot air balloon certificate in 1989.  He last flew in the Wairarapa Balloon Festival with his special shape Off The Wall and is excited to be back this year with High Kitty.

BARD, Alain – Canada Alain has been an avid flying enthusiast his entire life, and is a Transport Canada certified pilot in powered paragliders and hot air balloons.  Since 2009, Alain's main passion has been piloting Hot Air Balloons. He is one of the rare people in the world to have constructed his own hot air balloon from scratch. In fact, he has made 2 of them, one of them being a "Special Shape" hot air balloon in the shape of an Alien Rocket Ship. 

BARD, Alain – Canada

Alain has been an avid flying enthusiast his entire life, and is a Transport Canada certified pilot in powered paragliders and hot air balloons.  Since 2009, Alain's main passion has been piloting Hot Air Balloons. He is one of the rare people in the world to have constructed his own hot air balloon from scratch. In fact, he has made 2 of them, one of them being a "Special Shape" hot air balloon in the shape of an Alien Rocket Ship. 

CURSONS, Scott – Wellington, NZ Scott is a self-confessed adrenalin junkie with kite surfing amongst his list of adventure hobbies. He’s a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer with nearly a decade of competition experience at Wairarapa, Levin, Methven and Hamilton. Scott’s another pilot who has spent time involved in international balloon festivals in UK, Metz, and Chateau DeOux in France, as well as Mildura in Australia in 2004.

CURSONS, Scott – Wellington, NZ

Scott is a self-confessed adrenalin junkie with kite surfing amongst his list of adventure hobbies. He’s a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer with nearly a decade of competition experience at Wairarapa, Levin, Methven and Hamilton. Scott’s another pilot who has spent time involved in international balloon festivals in UK, Metz, and Chateau DeOux in France, as well as Mildura in Australia in 2004.

 
McKEE, Daryl – Auckland, NZ Daryl has been flying for almost 27 years here in NZ, Fiji, Canada (commercially) and USA.  He attained third place at Albuquerque New Mexico, as well as being in the top 20 five times; won at Hamilton NZ and another third place at Chino, California.  Poppies is dedicated to those lost in WWI.

McKEE, Daryl – Auckland, NZ

Daryl has been flying for almost 27 years here in NZ, Fiji, Canada (commercially) and USA.  He attained third place at Albuquerque New Mexico, as well as being in the top 20 five times; won at Hamilton NZ and another third place at Chino, California.  Poppies is dedicated to those lost in WWI.

BOLAND, Louise – Hamilton, NZ & Vermont, USA Louise has had many balloon adventures with Brian of Boland Balloons of Vermont, USA and this year is flying Peter King’s balloon ‘Flagship’.

BOLAND, Louise – Hamilton, NZ & Vermont, USA

Louise has had many balloon adventures with Brian of Boland Balloons of Vermont, USA and this year is flying Peter King’s balloon ‘Flagship’.

DRYLAND, Gail – Hamilton, NZ Attended Balloons Over Waikato for 5 years. Has attended the Wairarapa Festival as crew. Been flying ten years attending Albuquerque and Mildura Australia. Lollipop is a ‘new’ secondhand envelope from Boland Balloons in the USA.

DRYLAND, Gail – Hamilton, NZ

Attended Balloons Over Waikato for 5 years. Has attended the Wairarapa Festival as crew. Been flying ten years attending Albuquerque and Mildura Australia. Lollipop is a ‘new’ secondhand envelope from Boland Balloons in the USA.

HICKEY, Pauline - Hamilton, NZ Pauline  has been flying since 1995 and has attended Balloon festivals in Wairarapa, Waikato, Wanaka, Levin, Blenheim, Methvin, USA, UK, France, and Australia. Pauline has been hooked on ballooning since her first flight as an observer in the early 90’s. She’s a foundation Trustee of Balloons Over Waikato and was recently invited to be the Asia Pacific representative for  FAI Women in Aviation.

HICKEY, Pauline -
Hamilton, NZ

Pauline  has been flying since 1995 and has attended Balloon festivals in Wairarapa, Waikato, Wanaka, Levin, Blenheim, Methvin, USA, UK, France, and Australia. Pauline has been hooked on ballooning since her first flight as an observer in the early 90’s. She’s a foundation Trustee of Balloons Over Waikato and was recently invited to be the Asia Pacific representative for  FAI Women in Aviation.

KING, Peter – Carterton, NZ Peter has been another avid festival supporter, having flown around New Zealand. Peter usually launches from his own backyard and specialises in high altitude flight.  This year Peter is flying his new Boland Balloon (first time at a Fiesta), which was manufactured in the Wairarapa by Brian Boland himself with a team of helpers in 2014.

KING, Peter – Carterton, NZ

Peter has been another avid festival supporter, having flown around New Zealand. Peter usually launches from his own backyard and specialises in high altitude flight.  This year Peter is flying his new Boland Balloon (first time at a Fiesta), which was manufactured in the Wairarapa by Brian Boland himself with a team of helpers in 2014.

SALE, Ross – Auckland, NZ Ross originally got the ‘air bug’ when he was young and silly and did a number of parachute jumps. When living in the USA he took up hang gliding for a number of years before it came in conflict with sailing. Balloons were the answer – and he gained a pilot’s license in the USA in the 1980s. Ross flies his “speedy little ‘Boland Balloon.”

SALE, Ross – Auckland, NZ

Ross originally got the ‘air bug’ when he was young and silly and did a number of parachute jumps. When living in the USA he took up hang gliding for a number of years before it came in conflict with sailing. Balloons were the answer – and he gained a pilot’s license in the USA in the 1980s. Ross flies his “speedy little ‘Boland Balloon.”

REDSHAW, Kelly – Hamilton, NZ  

REDSHAW, Kelly – Hamilton, NZ

 

SCOTT, Craig – Wairarapa, NZ  

SCOTT, Craig – Wairarapa, NZ

 

SHAW, Murray – NZ Murray is a property investor, his hobbies are breeds ducks, he loves playing on his 36 tonne digger and Murray likes to dive. He has been flying his balloon for the last 11 years and enjoys flying, I can stand in my basket with the freedom and peace and quite in the air that's the best feeling, my best flights was when I flew 3 times from Hamilton to the Kaimai's.

SHAW, Murray – NZ

Murray is a property investor, his hobbies are breeds ducks, he loves playing on his 36 tonne digger and Murray likes to dive.

He has been flying his balloon for the last 11 years and enjoys flying, I can stand in my basket with the freedom and peace and quite in the air that's the best feeling, my best flights was when I flew 3 times from Hamilton to the Kaimai's.

SHOUSE, Michael – Wellington, NZ Michael’s a US-licensed commercial pilot, a license he’s held for the last 32 years. Chief pilot of the Coca-Cola Balloon for the last 22 years, he’s competed in the 1979, 1981 and 1983 World Championships, several US National Championships and has flown many commemorative events worldwide.

SHOUSE, Michael – Wellington, NZ

Michael’s a US-licensed commercial pilot, a license he’s held for the last 32 years. Chief pilot of the Coca-Cola Balloon for the last 22 years, he’s competed in the 1979, 1981 and 1983 World Championships, several US National Championships and has flown many commemorative events worldwide.

WATSON, Howard – Wellington, NZ Howard has been flying since 1996 and has attended Balloon festivals in Wairarapa, Hamilton, Levin, Blenheim, Hastings, Methvin and Oamaru. Ballooning is a Watson Family Sport with Sandra, Simon and Emma Helping as crew.

WATSON, Howard – Wellington, NZ

Howard has been flying since 1996 and has attended Balloon festivals in Wairarapa, Hamilton, Levin, Blenheim, Hastings, Methvin and Oamaru. Ballooning is a Watson Family Sport with Sandra, Simon and Emma Helping as crew.

SNODGRASS, John – Cambridge, NZ Started his love affair with ballooning in 2000  crewing at Balloons over Waikato  and finally bought his own  in 2012 by diverting the funds saved for the kitchenupgrade  and other things in his house. Having got used to cooking on an open fire Partner Clare  enjoys the sport as wellJohn and his crew were in the Wairarapa in 2016 and the balloon (Wildfire ) went down last year under the command of John HoldenessJohn And Clare are  looking forward to attending This years event

SNODGRASS, John – Cambridge, NZ

Started his love affair with ballooning in 2000  crewing at Balloons over Waikato  and finally bought his own  in 2012 by diverting the funds saved for the kitchenupgrade  and other things in his house. Having got used to cooking on an open fire Partner Clare  enjoys the sport as wellJohn and his crew were in the Wairarapa in 2016 and the balloon (Wildfire ) went down last year under the command of John HoldenessJohn And Clare are  looking forward to attending This years event

HOLDERNESS, John – Hamilton, NZ Like so many of us seeing balloons in the sky during fiesta’s was what caught my attention. Meeting some interesting people both nationally and internationally kept the interest to get out of bed at ‘stupid oclock’ and before long the ‘bug’ has got you. We bought our own balloon ‘Fusion” in mid 2010, I have flown and participated in balloon events in NZ and Australia. It is the smiles and the ‘feel good’ factor that ballooning creates that keeps me in the sport, along with the camaraderie developed within the ballooning fraternity. 

HOLDERNESS, John – Hamilton, NZ

Like so many of us seeing balloons in the sky during fiesta’s was what caught my attention. Meeting some interesting people both nationally and internationally kept the interest to get out of bed at ‘stupid oclock’ and before long the ‘bug’ has got you. We bought our own balloon ‘Fusion” in mid 2010, I have flown and participated in balloon events in NZ and Australia. It is the smiles and the ‘feel good’ factor that ballooning creates that keeps me in the sport, along with the camaraderie developed within the ballooning fraternity.