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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.

Abdullah Koyuer

Royal Balloon chief pilot Abdullah (aka APO) is one of the most experienced pilot in the region with more than 2000 hours of flight.

He embraces flight as lifestyle. In addition to countless flights, he also has maintenance certificates from Lindstrand and Ultramagic Balloons and he has Microlight License.

Our extreme sports lover pilot, who is also interested in mountaineering, is also known for wandering on the hilly terrain of Cappadocia and enjoying the BBQ on the terrain with motocross.

Another wonderful feature of Abdullah is that he has both a cat and a dog as an animal lover. Abdullah is married and has two daughters.

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 over Cappadocia.

He is keen to improve himself in life and made three different degrees from three different universities; Banking, Business Management and Tourist Guidance. Currently getting master's degree on ecomomics.

He is Flight Operations Manager of Royal Balloon – Cappaocia and he is a profestional turist guide. You can hear unknown fairy tales from him and discover Cappadocia.

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.

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

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.

Ahmet Basyigit

Ahmet is the youngest and enthusiastic pilot of Royal Balloon. He was born in Cavusin village of Cappadocia. Right after graduation from high school, he has professionally played football for 6 years. He is currently studying tourist guidance department in Kapadokya University. He is a computer genius and enjoying web design at his free times. He has 500 hours and keep improving himself.

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. 

Vural Demircioğlu

Vural is one of our local pilots. He studied both ‘tourism guidance’ and ‘interpretership’ in Istanbul. After working for some of the best publishing companies of Turkey, he decided to come back to his homeland and took his Pilot License . He now has well over 1200 flight hours and impresing our guests with his knowledge of the area and flying skills.

He has maintenance license from Ultramagic Balloons, Lindstrand Balloons and Kubicek Balloons

He speaks fluent English and a little bit of Russian.

He loves sports. He played basketball and American football for many years and has broken the national record for the most points in one game.

Not only hot air balloons, Vural also is a paragliding pilot and trying to improve himself in this sport.

He is also the president of a local motorcycle club. So, if you are in to motorcycles, you have a lot to talk about.

Umit Ertosun

Student at Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University Tourism and Travel Faculty.

Has Emergency Procedures Training Certificate and Meteorology Training Certificate from Cappadocia Vocational College. First Aid Expert licenced by Ministry of Health. ISO 9002-2008 authorized quality inspector. Certified Maintenance Technician of the balloons in Lindstrand Balloons, Ultramagic Balloons.

Has been working for 9 years in ballooning and aviation. Has 1000 hours of flight experience with hot air balloons. Flown with many different brands and models. Flown in various parts of the world and Turkey.

Serkan Kalenderoglu

Serkan was born in Erzincan and has been working in the tourism sector since 2003 after graduating from Balıkesir University Tourism and Hotel Management.

He has been working as a commercial balloon pilot since 2008 and he did fly more than 2000 hours.

He is married with two children.

Kemal Kaya

Double major graduate from Anadolu University Business Administration and Nevsehir University Tourism and Travel Agency. Currently getting an MBA on Ecomomics. He is certified for the maintenance of Lindstrand Balloons. 1000 hours with a hot air balloon and counting.

Kemal has a passion for flight ever since he saw balloons from his office window in a fancy cave hotel where he worked as night shift manager. Great communication skills and attention to detail make him one of the best pilots in Cappadocia.

Buse Uyan

Buse was born in Ayvalık/Balıkesir. She graduated ranking first in her department from Kapadokya University and became the first female balloon pilot of the world with a diploma.

Except being a pilot, Buse loves taking photographs. She supported her passion for photography with courses and studying in photography. She also enjoys nature walks in deep valleys of Cappadocia and riding bicycle.

Buse, who loves travelling and meeting new people, speaks fluent English and learning Spanish nowadays. At the sametime, she is studying Cultural Heritage and Tourism in İstanbul University

Burak Has

Our young and talented pilot completed his high school education in Konya. He has been in the USA to improve his English and continuing this education in Kapadokya University on Civil Aviation and Transportation Management. He is interested in many different sports, especially in archery which he holds a national record.