Place of Residence: Melbourne, Australia
What is your occupation? Builder
What has been your best flying experience to date? A winter flight over snow capped mountains in the Australian alps, starting at Mt Buller. I was accompanied by a pilot in another balloon which had several pilots as passengers. We launched in a small clearing in the Australian bush helped by some old mates I had known for many years from working at the ski resort at Mt Buller.
What has been your biggest ballooning achievement so far? I made a long distance flight with limited fuel and restricted time. I achieved 252 ks in 3 hrs 15 mins with 150 litres of fuel. This was a record in Australia at this time. I also became Victorian champion in 2019.
What is your ultimate goal in ballooning? Having fun and to keep flying for many years to come.
What is the coolest thing about your balloon? It flies flags from three nations - Switzerland where I come from, Australia where we live and New Zealand where my wife comes from.