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Get to know a little more about our team of pilots and instructors, assistants and Crew Members. They are experienced professionals, passionate and 100% dedicated to giving you the experience of a lifetime. From the office to the balloon basket, we are here to guarantee you a perfect trip in total safety. Relax, we’ll take care of the rest.
Guido Van Der Velden Dos Santos
Guido Van Der Velden Dos Santos
Pilot & Accountable Manager

Age: 46
Profession: Pilot, Flight Instructor and WPB Operations Manager
License: FCL BPL Class A, B, C, D - Flight Instructor + FE, Night Rating, Radio International Telephony
Instructor: Gerard Grange & Carlos Manuel Serra Dos Santos (O pioneiro da Aerostation moderna em Portugal)
Years of Experience: For more than 30 years, since 1989, he traveled in the company of his father. (Carlos Manuel Serra dos Santos)
First flights as a passenger: Between 1989 and 1992 with the CS-BAB balloon
Hours of free flight: More than 3000 flight hours in Portugal, Spain, France, Holland, Azores and Angola. It already flies more than 35000 passengers safely.
Greatest dream in Ballooning: Fly in the largest hot air balloon in the world flying passengers commercially and flying over every country in the world.

Sancho Gonzalez Green
Sancho Gonzalez Green
Pilot

Age: 49
Profession: Commercial Hot Air Balloon Pilot (freelancer)
License: FCL BPL Class A, B, C, D + Radio International Telephony
Instructor: Jesus Gonzalez-Green (O pioneiro da Aerostation moderna na Espanha)
Years of Experience: More than 40 years ago, he had been traveling with his father. (Jesus Gonzalez-Green)
First flights as a passenger: At the age of 5 he was already traveling in the company of his father. At the age of 8, Sancho became a true pilot by performing his first jump, a short 10-minute ride, totally alone.
Hours of free flight: More than 2300 flight hours in Spain, Portugal France, Italy, Cappadocia, Namibia, Egypt, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, America, Marrakech, Tunisia........
Bruno Santos
Bruno Santos
Pilot

Age: 47
Profession: Windpassenger Commercial Pilot (freelancer)
License: Class A, B, C + Radio International Telephony
Instructor: Guido Van Der Velden & Anibal Soares
Years of Experience: Since 2005 he flies in the company of Guido Santos
First flights as a passenger: Between 2005 and 2006 with the balloon CS-BBL and PH-NHN
Hours of free flight: More than 600 flight hours in Portugal, Spain, France, Azores and Saudi Arabia.

Carlos Palmeiro
Carlos Palmeiro
Pilot

Age: 43
Profession: Commercial Balloon Pilot and works in the area of tourism .....
License: FCL BPL Class A - International Radio Telephony
Instructor: Guido Van Der Velden Dos Santos
Years of Experience: Since 2017 he has been flying in the company of Guido Santos
Hours of free flight: More than 150 hours of flight in Portugal.......

Carol Negri
Carol Negri
Pilot

Age: 40
Profession: Administrative Windpassenger
License: Class
Instructor: Gerard Grange & Guido Van Der Velden Dos Santos
Years of Experience: Since 2005 flies in the company of Guido Santos
First flights as a passenger: Between 2005 and 2006 with the balloon PH-NHN

Giullia Vitoria Graciana Van Der Velden
Giullia Vitoria Graciana Van Der Velden
alumna

Age: 14
Profession: alumna
Instructor: Guido van der velden dos Santos
Years of Experience: For more than 10 years, since 2010, he has been flying in the company of his father. (Guido Van Der Velden)
First flights as a passenger: One year old in 2008
Rafael
Rafael
Pilot

Age: 43
Profession: Commercial Hot Air Balloon Pilot
License: FCL BPL Class A, B, C, Radio International Telephony
Years of Experience: More than 20 years
Hours of free flight: More than 1200 hours
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