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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.

Suat Ulusoy

Suat is the chief pilot of Royal Balloon and also he is 1 of the 10 instructor pilots of Türkiye. Suat has flown 4000 hours as pilot in command for 15 years. He has mostly flown in Cappadocia which gains him to know every single corner of Cappadocia. Suat has also flown in UK, Spain and USA (including the great Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta). He is also the only Turkish Member of BFA (Balloon Federation of America).

Beside passenger balloon flights, he has performed balloon flights for some local and international newspapers, magazines and TVs such as Martha Stewart Show (Hallmark Channel), Divas Hit the Road (Hunan TV), BBC (Blue Peter), NBC, RAI, ZDF, History Channel, NHK, TVB, Australian Discovery Channel and countless Turkish TV stations.

Suat has made also a History Degree in the University of Ankara; which gives his passengers a very big possibility to get some historical information and stories about Cappadocia while flying with him.

Suat used to be delegate of Türkiye at FAI (International Aeronautical Federation) - Ballooning Commission and represented Türkiye at many international meetings. He was also official at World Air Games 1997 held in Türkiye and Coordinator of Turkish National Team at World Air Games 2001 held in Spain. He also had the balloon maintenance courses in UK and currently hold 2 different manufacturer's maintenance certificates.

His biggest hobby is travelling. He likes to travel at his free times mostly in winter. His favorite destination that he has travelled to is Costa Rica and he is in love with New York. He collects magnets from the places he visits.


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 experience in tourism business more than 10 years. Then he awared his desire to aviation and became balloon pilot after a long training process.

He currently has two bachelor degrees in banking and management, and is studying for a third bachelor degree in tourism guidance.

He is an active (very!) user of social media accounts on internet.

He speaks English and married with one son.

Ali Kebabci

Ali is one of our local pilots. He has started his ballooning career since 2004 and worked in every aspect of ballooning such as ground crew, driver & chief of ground crew. He completed training and received his balloon pilot license in 2008. He has maintenance licences of Cameron, Ultra Magic, Lindstrand and Kubicek Balloons. He has logged 2000 flight hours in Cappadocia & World.

Harun C. Gulluk

Harun is from Ankara and studied Civil Engineering in university. He was worked some big construction projects in Qatar and Dubai. While he was making his military service at Air Force Academy as lieutenant, he noticed his interest to aviation. By the time he finished his military service, he got hot air balloon piloting training in Cappadocia.

He is flying since 2010 and has more than 1000 flight hours as pilot in command. He is to eager to have safety at both his life and occupation. Therefore, he got his training and he is now a certified occupational safety specialist as well.

He is married with one child and lives in Urgup.