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THE BALLOONS AND PILOTS



ANDREW ROBERTSON NSW
VH-YXY  Shadowfax

  Andrew started ballooning 38 years ago (at the age of 4) and has been a  Pilot for more than 20 years. He represented Australia at the World Championships in 2006 and 2012, and has flown in the USA, Japan, and most of the states in Australia. Andrew flies a red, orange, yellow and black Kavanagh EX65 Racer called “Shadowfax“.

 



LES SPRINGETT NSW
VH-ROI   Volare

  Les has been ballooning since 1979. He holds the AX7-10 Australian Duration Record and won the Great Australian Long Jump. He represented Australia in the World Championship in Austria in 2008, Pre-Worlds in Saga, Japan in 2015 and Coupe d’Europe in France in 2002. Les won the 2016 Canowindra Challenge Key Grab and participated in all 3 previous Northam National Championships. Les flies “Volare“, which is Italian for “To fly“.


ANDREW CLEMENTS WA
VH-ACU  Jenna

  The Clements family have been flying balloons in the Avon Valley for forty years. Andrew is a second generation pilot, born in Northam, and two of his brothers also fly balloons here in Northam. He met his wife Belinda through ballooning. He has attended balloon events throughout Australia and overseas.






GEOFFREY HOWE ACT
VH-IGH  Poppy

  Geoff has been a pilot for 17 years, and has flown passenger balloons in Canberra and Northam. His daughter lives in Northam and is married to local pilot Andrew Clements. Geoff is looking forward to flying the 'cloud hopper' in this year event. This is a one man balloon with a chair rather than a basket.







MATT SCAIFE NSW
VH-FEQ  Felix

  Matthew is the current (and twice) Australian Champion, winning in 2014 in Canowindra & 2015 in Northam. He is the current Japanese Grand Prix Champion (2016) along with other team-member pilots, including wife Nicola; and has placed well when representing Australia at World Championships. Nicola & Matt have flown competition balloons throughout Australia and overseas, often accompanied by their young son; and are both Commercial Balloon Pilots in the Hunter Valley.


NICOLA SCAIFE NSW
VH-NKS  Flow

   Nicola has been a pilot for 10 years. She is the current (and twice) Women’s World Champion, current Japanese Grand Prix Champion (2016) along with other team-member pilots, including husband Matt; and was runner-up in the 2015 National Championships in Northam. Nicola & Matt have flown competition balloons throughout Australia and overseas, often accompanied by their young son; and are both Commercial Balloon Pilots in the Hunter Valley.



CURTIS GREENWOOD  
tba

  To be updated when Curtis returns from Japan.












DOMINIC BAREFORD UK
tba

  Dominic is a 23 year old pilot from the United Kingdom. He became involved with ballooning through his father and enjoys flying for fun and competitively. He has held a licence for 7 years and has represented the UK in international competitions several times. U.K National champion 2015, 2016. World Junior champion 2014. 6th place World championships, 2016.





PETER STEPHENSON WA
VH-MNS  Mario

  Peter learnt to fly balloons 2 years ago in Mondovi, Italy and has since been building experience in the Avon Valley. His balloon Mario, can be recognised by the big M on the side. This will be Peter’s first competition.













DEFENDING CHAMPIONS
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS NORTHAM 2015



MATTHEW SCAIFE NSW
VH-FCK "Felix"


NICOLA SCAIFE NSW
VH-NKS "Flow"

PETER WRIGHT VIC
VH-PWM "Mistral"


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Latest update : May 18 2017

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