Meet the Team
Images in Flight Limited, an Irish company trading as Irish Balloon
Flights, is a commercial Hot Air Ballooning company providing a
number of services to both individuals and companies throughout
Ireland. These services include fare-paying passenger flights,
aerial advertising and corporate events. We have been operating Hot
Air Balloons for more than 30 years and we offer scheduled balloon
flights throughout the country. We operate under a UK Air Operators
Certificate (AOC BL203)) issued by the Civil Aviation Authority for
the operation of passenger flights. We are fully sanctioned by the
Irish Aviation Authority and the Irish Department of Aviation
Regulation. Our pilots hold Commercial Pilots Licences and have the
highest qualifications. Our balloons are fully maintained for public
transport under the AOC and we carry full passenger and third-party
We operate a gift voucher system for
balloon flights where a voucher is issued, valid for 18 months, to
suit the availability of the customer. These flights take place at
prestigious venues outside the Dublin area as well as a number of
other stunning locations around Ireland - check our launch
Our pilots are fully qualified and have held Commercial Pilots
Licenses for many years. Collectively, they have around 80 years
experience as pilots and many thousands of hours flight experience. Please find below
a brief overview of their experience.
Malcolm - Chief Pilot
Born in the UK and living in Ireland for more than 22 years,
Malcolm has been flying Hot Air Balloons worldwide for 33 years
and has experience of flying all types of balloons ranging from
one man 'Cloud Hoppers' to weird and wonderful Special Shapes.
His passion for ballooning developed after his first flight and
he immediately started training to become a private pilot and
then on to become a commercial pilot. He has over 1,500 hours in
balloons and enjoys every flight like it was his first.
Malcolm has been successful as a competition pilot and has
participated at events all over the world. Notable flights
include an Irish Sea crossing from Tipperary to Wales, several
winter Alpine crossings in temperatures as low as minus 40
degrees centigrade and altitudes of up to 20,000ft.
Malcolm has trained many pilots for both private and commercial
licenses and has also flown Hot Air Airships. He is also the
Project Director for the World Record flights undertaken by
Pauline (see below), Irish Balloon Flights' Operations Director.
Pauline currently holds 9 World Records.
Tom - Senior Pilot
Tom has been flying balloons for over thirty years and had his
first instruction flight in November 1977. Almost a year and a
half later he had less than 5 hours and made his first solo
flight in EI-BBM.
The seed may have been sown a lot earlier when he saw the first
hot air balloon to fly in Ireland at the Rothmans Air Rally in
Ballyfree, Co. Wicklow in June 1968.
Since then he has had a passion for hot air ballooning and has
flown sponsored balloons for various companies including the
Club Orange Can for C&C. He has also flown balloons for several
film and television productions.
Tom is an avid photographer and a superb artist with ballooning
featuring in much of his work. See www.mccormackweb.com
When not in the air Tom works in the film and television
industry as a producer/director.
Tom has represented Ireland at many World and European
ballooning championships and has also flown in the USA, Malaysia
And why does he do it? – every flight is a new experience; and
you never stop learning from experiences.
Victor - Senior Pilot
Victor was born in Chile and has been living in Ireland, with
his family, since 1998 following his retirement as a pilot of
Pilatus PC-7’s and Embraer 110’s for the Chilean Navy. Victor
was also a pilot with the Chilean National Airline, flying
Boeing 707’s and 757’s and has clocked up over 5,500 hours in
fixed wing flying.
In Hot Air Ballooning, he has also flown over 1,700 hours. He
holds a balloon instructor rating in Chile and has trained more
than 10 Commercial pilots in Chile and Nicaragua and assisted
the Chilean CAA to write the Chilean ballooning legislation.
Victor is probably the most experienced Hot Air Airship pilot in
the world with over 800 hours flying advertising airships for
Kodak and Pepsi. Victor organised the logistics and operations
for the crossing of the Cordillera de los Andes for World Record
Balloonist, David Hempleman-Adams.
Apart from ballooning, Victor, enjoys sailing and holds several
Chilean Championship titles in Vaurien, Lightning and Cruiser
classes. Whilst a member of the Chilean National Sailing team he
represented the country in the 1978 Lightning Class World
championship and sailed home in 5th place.
Victor speaks Spanish, French, and some Italian (and, of course,
Pauline - Operations Director
In addition to being Irish Balloon Flights Operations Director,
Pauline is a superb pilot and carries out many of the companies
advertising and media flights.
Born in Co. Meath, Ireland, her love of flying developed at a
very young age when she dreamt of flying like a bird. To try and
live the dream she participated in skydiving, paragliding, Micro
lighting and fixed wing flying, however, the day she took her
first balloon flight was her flying dream come true. Hot Air
Ballooning is what she calls "real flying" as balloons have no
engines and are carried majestically by the breeze – "when you
take off you don't know where you are going to land or who you
will meet when you get there so this to me is the best and most
enjoyable form of aviation".
Pauline currently holds NINE World Records and 95 Irish Records
in Hot Air Ballooning, with many more planned over the coming 2
years. She is Ireland's most accomplished aviator ever and is
the first and only Irish pilot to hold World records for manned
Pauline has completed Alpine crossings in Italy, Austria and
Switzerland and has participated in ballooning events in
Albuquerque, New Mexico; France; Canada; Florida; Australia; UK;
Alaska; USA and of course Ireland. The balloon in the TV ad for
Smart Telecom was piloted by Pauline and she has participated in
several documentaries on TV relating to ballooning.
In October 2008 the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale,
the world governing body for Aviation World Records) awarded
Pauline the Paul Tissandier Diploma "in recognition of
remarkable services rendered in aviation and aerial sports in
particular Hot Air Balloons". She was also awarded a diploma
from the BBAC (British Ballooning & Airship Club) in recognition
of her achievements in the sport.
For more information see "World
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