About Velocity Ballooning
Meet our pilot, Kurt.
Kurt’s love for aviation goes beyond Hot Air Balloons. Not only is Kurt a balloon pilot, but he has been a professionall international corporate business jet pilot for over 25 years. This makes him the only Hot Air Balloon pilot in the St. Louis area to have both licenses under his belt. Kurt fell in love with Hot Air Ballooning many years ago when a friend took him and his wife, Kimberly, for their first balloon ride. The moment Kurt got out of the basket after the flight he knew that he had to learn how to fly Hot Air Balloons. At the time, he thought it would be nothing more than just a fun hobby. That mindset quickly changed. With his wife and his children’s help and support, Kurt mastered the art of flying a Hot Air Balloon and started Velocity Ballooning in order to share his passion for ballooning with you! Another great aspect of ballooning is the fact that it brings family together, and many times you will see our family members out to help with the day’s flights.
Kurt has been so successful with his flying that he has been asked to teach and train other young pilots, and has even been invited to multiple exclusive events to participate in. Kurt is a very outgoing, funny, and fun pilot to fly with. He even lets his passenger’s pick their own music to rock out to high up in the sky! Kurt always enjoys meeting and talking to new people, making them feel very welcome each and every flight. Kurt goes the extra mile to educate and get to know his passengers every time he flies.
Kurt has always been big on safety and checklists to make sure that every passenger will have an exceedingly safe flight. Kurt is trained intensely every year in the aircraft he flies, on interpreting weather, and in aviation safety protocols, making him aware of situations that may arise before they happen. What brings Kurt the most joy in life is pursuing his passion of flying whenever possible and giving others the same opportunity to experience that same exhilaration of flight! Kurt is an adventurous pilot that will fly all year round in the hot, cold, and everywhere in between, weather dependent. Your safety is not only Kurt’s, but our entire crew’s main priority!