We have over 10,000 flying hours of flying experience and comprise of World Record holders and past members of the British Team. Your enjoyment and safety is of paramount importance to us all at Atmosphere.
GILES HALL – Our chief pilot who has been flying for many years. His mother Lady Gwen Bellew, was instrumental in the introduction of modern Hot Air Ballooning into the UK in 1967. Over the years Giles has been chosen to fly members of the Royal Family and many interesting people such as Neil Armstrong, after he had landed on the moon. Giles has made many films for television including ‘Diving Over the Desert,’ several other expeditions and has flown all over the world. He has taught hundreds of people to fly and continues to do so. He has developed many safety features which are now in use internationally.
Jonathan Greatrix – An entrepreneur with a strong track record including numerous prestigious business awards from KMPG, RBS and Arthur Anderson, the latter being presented by HRH Prince of Wales at St. James’s Palace. He has had a passion for aviation, including ballooning, from a young age. He has flown fixed wing aircraft over the Hampshire and Wiltshire landscape and in the USA. Jonathan passed his Commercial Licence in what is thought to be record time. As well as flying in the UK he regularly flies at events around the world including the Artic, the desert on the Qatar/Saudi Arabian border and the Highlands of India. Jonathan particularly enjoys the very early morning starts, watching the sun rise and the world awaken. He is driven, extremely hard working and strives for perfection and customer satisfaction.
Guy Dare – With 20 years’ experience as a pilot, Guy was one of the youngest pilots ever to have held a flying licence. He would watch Giles inflate his balloon and take off, following it on his push bike along the lanes until the balloon landed. Consequently, he covered many hundreds of miles. He began to ride in the balloon and became determined to learn to fly. Giles tutored him and Guy subsequently gained his Commercial Flying Licence and has accompanied Giles on many events both nationally and internationally, as well as flying in competitions in the UK and abroad. He enjoys flying in the Alps when time allows and we are very happy to have such a charming and exceptional pilot on the team.
José Eduardo Alves de Souza – joined our team in 2019. To find a more passionate balloonists would be a tall order. Aged 18 Eduardo sold every possession he could including his car to buy the material to make his first balloon. Since then he has made many special shaped balloons including Pencil Boy, Tic Toc, Speed, Basketball to name just a few. Eduardo was featured in a TV documentary recently, produced by Amazon which shows his incredible rise in the ballooning world. He is a private pilot who has flown in dozens of countries, specialising in flying special shapes. He loves a good balloon competition too.