First Time Flying?
Our friendly pilots and crew are excellent at calming nervous first-time flyers, and our impeccable safety record means you are in steady hands. We love to go the extra mile with our passengers to make your ballooning experience absolutely perfect, so if you have any questions, just ask!
“Amazing experience, even though I’m not keen on heights, after a few mins you don’t have that ‘feeling’ anymore, it’s a wonderful experience, a must do. Lovely people, thanks guys!”
– Charlotte Johnson 09/2017
“Awesome flight with Elite Air yesterday, experience of a lifetime! was nervous beforehand about the take-off and landing but felt safe and completely at ease with Matt as pilot, very confident and professional. The slightly bumpy landing actually ended up being really fun! Also shout out to the lovely and professional crew for the set-up and to Clive and Terry for retrieving us afterwards. Loved it!! Thanks guys.”
– Hannah-May Frampton 02/2018
“I have just finished my virgin flight with Matt & Steve… unbelievable, perfect, everything I had hoped for & so much more… Thanks guys for a truly unforgettable experience to celebrate turning 50! I would 100% recommend these guys, see you again soon’
– Leanne Coleman 06/2018
“This was a birthday gift and to be honest I was a bit apprehensive and very nervous! The pilot was fab! He put everyone at ease and explained the whole ballooning process from take off to landing. Didn’t even realise we were off the ground it was so smooth. Once airborne the views were incredible and so very tranquil. Champagne mid flight seemed to settle the nerves further. An hour of flying and it was time to descend. Where did that time go? They say times flies when you’re having fun and it certainly did! A perfect landing with the basket upright. I wish I had taken to the skies sooner! Definitely do this again. Perfect gift!”
– Trace Longford 05/2018
We Love To Fly
Elite Air is a small, independent family-run business, born and bred in Bristol, UK. With over fifteen years’ hot air ballooning experience between them, the team are experts in their field and passionate about getting people flying.
Meet Our Friendly Team
Matt Wiltshire – Pilot
Matt gained his private pilots licence in 2010 at the age of 19 and his commercial pilots licence just 18 months later, making him the youngest commercial pilot in the UK at the time. Having flown in many countries such as the Philippines, Taiwan, France, Italy and Switzerland, he believes theres still nothing quite like flying over his home town.
Clive Wiltshire – Operations Manager
Clive has been ballooning for around fifteen years and heads the operational and logistical side of the business. He is the friendly voice at the end of the phone ready to answer all of your ballooning questions.
Terry Bateman – Crew
Terry is our Crew Chief and loves chasing our balloons around the countryside in his 4X4, as well as wrangling our crew into shape during balloon fiestas and events. He is a highly-skilled driver and particularly good at settling the nerves of nervous passengers.
James Forsey – Crew
James’ day job involves large amounts of driving off road, negotiating with land owners and being called out at all times of the day and night, making him the ideal balloon retriever!
Dean Turner – Crew
Dean is one of our dedicated crew who also holds a private pilots licence. When he’s not floating around the West Country he can be found driving his drift car sideways on various racing circuits.
Steve Withers – Crew/Pilot under training
After receiving two of our flight vouchers as a birthday gift from his wife, Steve enjoyed his flight with us so much he ended up joining the team! He received his Private Pilot’s License in 2018, and hopes to have his commercial pilot’s licence in the near future.