About Your Pilot: Bob Martel

Your pilot, Bob Martel, is an experienced commercial hot air balloon pilot, licensed by the FAA. He was the founder and the balloonmeister for the Hudson Elks Balloon Festival, and he has managed and flown a corporate hot air balloon program for a regional credit union. Bob flies in the Adirondacks Hot Air Balloon Festival in Glens Falls, NY, The Mid-Hudson Festival in Poughkeepsie, NY, and many others in the area.

Bob is a local, FAA-certified pilot who has flown this region for many years. Bob has also flown tethered events for REMAX in New England. Our balloon, Celtic Magic, is inspected annually by an FAA-certified balloon repair station for continued airworthiness approval and to ensure the integrity and safety of the balloon system. All equipment onboard is as prescribed by the manufacturer with no alterations or modifications to the balloon system.

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All flights are private flights for two people. Passenger rates are $275 per person ($375 per person on weekends). There are no hidden fees or "fuel surcharges" as you might find elsewhere. Learn more.

Meet Your Pilot:

Your pilot for your Boston area hot air balloon adventure is Bob Martel. Bob has been in ballooning since 1984. He is a Learn more about your pilot.

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