Mark Shemilt | Virgin Balloon Flights
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Mark Shemilt

MARK HAS BEEN A HOT AIR BALLOON PILOT SINCE 1988 AND, HAVING HELD HIS COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCE SINCE 1991, IS TRULY ONE OF FINEST AND MOST EXPERIENCED HOT AIR BALLOON PILOTS IN THE WORLD.

HE HAS FLOWN THE CHANNEL, SPENT TIME FLYING IN BARBADOS, TORONTO, SWITZERLAND AND MANY OTHER SUPERB LOCATIONS.

"In the beginning I used to fly hot air balloons for a hobby as aversion therapy to my then job as an articled clerk for an accountants, so when the commercial pilot licence came out in 1991, I jumped at the chance to change jobs and do something more challenging an outdoorsy!" he says.

Mark currently holds three British ballooning records for distance plus the World Record for duration in the small AX-02 balloon category from when he flew solo 7h 26min 56s from Morzine in France in 2009.

Outside of flying hot air balloons, Mark's other big passion is vintage British motorcycles.

"I currently have four and am constantly tinkering with them."

Join Mark for a hot air balloon ride in Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire or Berkshire.

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