Hello and welcome to Phil’s Balloons. My name is Phil Hooper, I am 29 years of age and I live in Bristol, South West England. I have had an interest in ballooning for around 20 years and got involved with the sport at the age of 11 – click here to read how I got involved.
I started training to get my licence with the Bristol University Hot Air Ballooning Society (BUHABS) back in 2005 but it was only in 2008 after I decided to buy my own hot air balloon that my training really started to happen. I passed my flight exam on the 29th March 2009 which granted me my private pilots licence. I have flown many times since, including taking part in the 2009 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta for the first time as a pilot. In the first year of gaining my licence I achieved over 40 flying hours, and plan to do many, many more in the future.
Over the years, I have been to many events throughout the UK and Europe and have always had my camera with me! There are thousands of photos to look through on this site, there are also videos to watch and event reports to read through as well. The photos and videos are always being updated so make sure you check back regularly to see more!