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OUR PILOTS
Royal Balloon employs highly regarded and experienced pilots to provide a Royal class, safe and memorable flight to its passengers. Royal Balloon pilots has accumulated a total of 15000 flight hours and has flown more than 200.000 passengers in total.

Geert van Wolvelaer

Geert Van Wolvelaer was born in Belgium and one of the first foreign pilot arrive to Cappadocia almost 15 years ago. He has accumulated more than 3300 flight hours in 20 years made him one of the most experienced pilot in Cappadocia. "G" as everyone calls him, used to be the youngest pilot of europe flying a balloon at age 17, way before he had his driver licence.

He studied economics and modern languages, so dont surprise if he speaks Dutch, French, English, German and of course Turkish with his passengers.

Besides flying commercial in Cappadocia, G travels the world with his wife and young son, visiting balloon festivals with their Special shaped balloon. With already 18 different countries in the logbook and still many to come it is likely you will bump into him somewhere... Probably near a balloon. G will be happy to guide you here during your flight so you will have an unforgettable experience with Royal Balloon.

Murat Ozertugral

Murat is one of our Cappadocian pilots and was born in Urgup in 1988.

He is a well educated young pilot who has two degrees which are: Tourism & Hotel Management and Business Management degrees.

After he completed his university degrees, he followed up family tradition and went in for ballooning. Before being a balloon pilot, Murat was involved in all aspects of ballooning such as: crewing, driving, office works and maintenance. He is one of our most skillful pilots and he is deeply dedicated to his job.

Tugrul Guclu

Tugrul is one of our local pilots. He has worked in every aspect of ballooning such as ground crew, driver & chief of ground crew. He has maintenance licences of Cameron, Ultra Magic, Lindstrand and Kubicek Balloons. He is currently the Maintenance Manager of Royal Balloon. He is a good cook as well as a great defender of animal rights. He owns a little pet farm where he take care of many pets.

Tolga Eke

Tolga has an experience of more than 15 years in tourism industry who raised at Dinler Group as a tourism professional. He discover his interest to aviation when Dinler Group involved hot air ballooning business. He took his training and obtain his licence and flying for 5 years.

He is keen to improve himself in life and made three different degrees from three different universities (Banking, Business Management and Tourism Guidance) He is a master at internet technologies, social media and he even has his own blog, you can find him in all around Internet World.

And also he has ISO Quality System Certificate and he is our Quality System Manager of Royal Balloon.

He speaks English and he is interested in Spanish and Chinese languages nowadays.

Gokhan Ucaroglu

Gokhan is one of our senior pilots and has social sciences degree. His aviation passion has started with parachuting and worked as a parachuting instructor between 1988 to 2009. In this period, he has trained hundreds of new parachutist, participated many local & international parachuting organisations and competions as National team member & trainer. He holds many Turkish records as well. Additionally he is an international parachuting judge. Apart from his parachuting career, he had paragliding and hanggliding trainings makes him a full airman.

By the complition of his training, he started to work as hot air balloon pilot at Turkish Aeronautical Association in 2009. He has served as Balloon Maintenance and Flight Operations Director last 5 years.

He is one of the newest member of our flight team and we are happy to have an experienced pilot & airman amongst us.

He is married with two children.

Kaan Demircan

Kaan is one of our senior pilot flying in Cappadocia since 2010 and has more than 1000 flight hours. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering then he was in Banking Business for a while, got rid of it and ended up in blue sklies of Cappadocia.

Kaan is Goreme native, loves to provide the best and excited balloon flight experience over Cappadocia to his passengers.

He is in tourism business for almost 20 years beside ballooning.

He is married with 2 children. His greatest hobby is mountain biking. You might possibly meet him in the valleys of Cappadocia while biking or hiking in the daytime.

Omer Sezen

Omer is one of our Cappadocian pilot and was born in Ürgüp at 1980.

Omer is flying for seven years in Cappadocia. He assisted the World record paragliding jumping act as pilot of the hot ait balloon used for the jumping. Huang’s World flight with Omer and recorded a documentary for the American TV show. Now he is one of our pilot.

He lived in Amsterdam for a while and did a research for the balloon flights in the Netherlands.

He has a passion for organic farming and he is producing worm fertilizer to use at his own organic farm in Ürgüp.

He is married and has one daughter.

Ahmet Basyigit

Ahmet is the youngest and enthusiastic pilot of Royal Balloon. He was born in Cavusin village of Cappadocia in 1993. Right after graduation from high school, he has professionally played football for 6 years. He is currently studying tourist guidance department in university. He is a computer genius and enjoying web design at his free times. He has 400 hours and keep improving himself.