Meet The Team

daren Hunter Valley Ballooning Co Pilot

Daren Pallett

Chief Pilot

Daren has been flying hot air balloons commercially in the Hunter Valley since 2000. Daren is, without doubt, the most experienced full-time balloon pilot in the Hunter Valley, ensuring you the highest level of safety and enjoyment for your morning's adventure.

Daren is a certified Commercial Pilot and holds a Commercial Hot-Air Balloon pilot's licence, issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), this allows him to conduct balloon flights in any size balloon, he has held this licence since the 1990's without incident. Daren also holds a Maintenance Authority issued by CASA certifying his competency in the up-keep of the aircraft.

When not hot air ballooning, Daren is a passionate member of the NSW Fire Brigade and is keen to keep the ballooning separate from the fire fighting.

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'Poncho' James Barry

Crew Chief

Crew chief James, AKA Poncho is a wealth of ballooning and local Aboriginal knowledge. Poncho has been part of our team for over 15 years . When not chasing balloons he is fighting fires as well as an active member of the local aboriginal community.
Bob Hunter Valley Ballooning Co


Ground Crew

Semi retired Bob is the new boy on the team with only 10 years of experience with us. Once also a local firefighter and Naval officer Bob brings a wealth of knowledge and decorum to the team.
Experience Co.

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