Phil Dunnington

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13th July 2007

Phil Dunnington, has flown hot air balloons in 89 countries including over the North Pole, Costa Rica, Namibia, the Arctic, Mongolia and with colleague, David Hempleman-Adams, he made the historic first crossing of the North West Passage in Nunavut, Canada.

With over 2000 hours as a pilot, Phil has helped establish tourist and promotional balloon operations in Europe, Africa, South and Central America and South-East Asia. He also set up his own balloon rides business in the English Lake District and Ireland.

A Geography graduate specialising in air transport economics, Phil started his career in airline and aircraft manufacturing management and began flying balloons commercially in1971. Phil has been the UK’s chief examiner for balloon licences for over 15 years, involved in formulating the technical and legislative framework of ballooning in the UK and overseas in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority and other administrative bodies. He is also involved in several large international Ballooning events and runs his own bespoke balloon touring company for those seeking a different kind of airborne adventure.

Gone With the Wind Ballooning

Phil Dunnington's activity

  1. July 2007
  2. Phil Dunnington rated Ballooning in Costa Rica

  3. Phil Dunnington reviewed Ballooning in Costa Rica in Costa Rica

    Ballooning in this tropical Central American country is one of many adventure sports available including rafting, tubing, canyoning, horse-back riding, canopy walks and off-road driving. There are two centres, both run by an American-owned company, at Tu…"

  4. Phil Dunnington rated Ballooning in Sossusvlei

  5. Phil Dunnington reviewed Ballooning in Sossusvlei in Namibia

    There are three ballooning locations in Namibia, at Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and Otjiwarongo run respectively by Belgian, South African and German pilots. The operation at Sossusvlei is the most extensive and caters for up to 25 passengers per day on a p…"