About

Seattle Ballooning’s Hot Air Balloon Pilots

Our hot air balloon pilots love introducing new people to the magic of flight. Want to know more about us?

Eliav

Since 2009, I’ve been passionate about hot air ballooning. There is nothing quite like seeing an eagle’s nest from the sky, watching elk and horses graze in their fields, flying inches above corn tassels, skimming the bottom of a hot air balloon basket on a river or lake, and enjoying the incredible views of Mt. Rainier without the sound of a loud engine.

I’m fortunate to have learned flying from a true French ballooning traditionalist in Nashville, TN. He taught me that no balloon flight is complete without a proper toast. To this day, all of our hot air balloon flights end with delicious imported French champagne. That kind of luxury hot air ballooning experience is almost unheard of in the USA. Although there are other hot air balloon companies North of Seattle in Woodinville and Snohomish, we are the only ones that have the opportunity to fly so close to Mt. Rainier.

Most people will only take one balloon flight in their lifetime. That’s why we provide an extraordinary experience – with an unbelievable flight path directly in front of Mt. Rainier.

I’ve been involved in balloon festivals all over the country and have launched balloons in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Phoenix, Utah, California, and Chiang Mai, Thailand. We look forward to making sure your hot air balloon experience is safe, luxurious, and one you’ll talk about for years to come.

Kasey

Kasey started ballooning at age 5 in Wichita, Kansas and helped on various balloon crews up until earning his LTA Pilot Certificate at age 20 in 2007 (his now-Father-in-law was his flight instructor). He also began building scale model RC balloons at age 13 and still works on various balloon projects. He has flown balloons of all sizes for over 500 hours all over the country and enjoys competing in balloon competitions whenever possible. Kasey also is a professional musician.

McKenna

McKenna is one of the only active female commercial hot air balloon pilots in the NW. She loves to fly hot air balloons and train new pilots. She is a lead instructor in Seattle Ballooning’s young aeronauts program.

Morghan

Morghan has had a love of hot air ballooning ever since he was born, he was lucky enough to take his flight in a balloon when he was just 18 months old. He has flown various places, and sizes of balloons all the way up to a 425,000 cubic foot balloon, which carries 20 passengers, and it was always a fun challenge to fly that massive balloon. Mo also competes in competition ballooning all over and will be as well this year.

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