An AERONAUTICAL engineer has reached an incredible milestone in his hot air balloon piloting career after he flew with his 15,000th passenger.
Pete Forster from Edinburgh has clocked up over 28 years of experience of flying around in a hot air balloon.
Pete was hit with the flying bug after join the University of Edinburgh’s Hot Air Balloon Club in 1991 which led him onto learning to fly.
However, his first ride in a hot air balloon was as a passenger in the Australian outback in 1985.
The aeronautical engineer turned pilot started running his own hot air balloon company in Scotland for 18 years before joining Daniel Webster’s Webster Adventures in 2014 when it launched.
Webster Adventures is based in Kinross, Fife and is one of the leading commercial operators in leisure ballooning.
Speaking today Pete said: “The sense of providing a unique and bewildering experience for passengers and enjoying their enjoyment.
“My main focus is not competitions or world records, although they are fun to enter, but just flying passengers on a regular basis.
“My favourite place in the world to balloon is actually in Scotland – I love ballooning over the Ochils, and also the Tweed Valley in the Borders.”
“We’re unique at Webster Adventure in that we will just take two passengers if need be, most other operators fly ten to sixteen passengers in larger balloons, so with us you can be in a group, or have a more intimate experience, hence we’re very popular for special birthdays, anniversaries, and wedding proposals.”
WebsterAdventures has secured two world records, one for a fast English Channel Crossing, and another for joining 450 balloons in a huge group ballooning session in Metz, France.
For more information visit: www.websteradventures.com