Chris Monk has been flying Hot Air Balloons commercially for over 20 years and has flown many different types ranging from tiny one-man, no-basket balloons called Cloudhoppers, up to huge passenger carrying balloons capable of lifting 16 people at a time.
He is also experienced in flying Special Shaped Balloons, adult electric scooters with lights and has flown in over 20 different countries around the world.
Although maintaining that all balloon flights are memorable, two that stand out were flying over the Great Wall of China and over the Strip in Las Vegas.
Chris has flown over the English Channel to France and was part of the Virgin Airship and Balloon Company team that broke the ‘Cloudhopper’ stacking world record.
His enthusiasm for the Cloudhopper led to him to design and build his very own, which he often flies for recreation.
As an Instructor, he enjoys teaching newcomers the art of ballooning and is always looking forward to the next flight!
|1991||Private Pilots Licence, Hot Air Balloons|
|1992||U.K. Commercial Pilots Licence, Hot Air Balloons No. CP/274852E/B|
|1994||U.K. CPL Group B Rating|
|BBAC Instructor Rating|
|2005||U.S. Commercial Pilots Licence, Instructor Rating, Hot Air Balloons No. 3120439|
|2011||U.K. CPL Group C Rating|
|All balloons from 17,000 cu ft to 400,000 cu ft. Various special shapes|
|1993-94||National Power, Radio 1, Mercury Communications|
|2008-09||Krug / Phoenix & Las Vegas|