Michael Toulson

Poison Ivy

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What is your occupation? Product Manager.

What made you want to become a balloon pilot? As a child I’ve always been drawn to Hot Air Ballooning and the natural progression was to become a pilot.

What has been your best flying experience to date? I have a handful of experiences which are very memorable for a variety of reasons so I don't think I could pick a single experience but some of the more memorable moments are looking out into the Australian countryside from 10,000ft, flying over an early century castle in the Czech Republic and flying my home-built balloon for the first time.

If you could fly anywhere in the world, where would it be? Swiss Alps.

What is your ultimate goal in ballooning? To travel the world experiencing all that hot air ballooning has to offer.

What is the coolest thing about your balloon? Poison Ivy is built by myself with the help of friends and family in a garage in Hamilton before being eventually shipped to Australia.