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About Us 2018-06-11T14:18:15+00:00

WHO WE ARE?

Reasons to make your visit to Cappadocia more meaningful with us

Discovery Balloons is a sub-company of Uluer Group and is a fully licensed Balloon Ride Operator approved by the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority.

Company name is Discovery Havacılık Turizm ve Tic. Ltd. Sti. and Business License number is TR-B-016. We own and operate 4 balloons, each carrying our company design and designated entirely for passenger carrying use.

Establishing the first balloon company in 2006, Uluer Group established a second balloon company named Discovery Balloons in 2011, setted a record by increasing the number of balloons in its fleet to 18 and the passenger capacity to over 300.

Our Principles

  • Safety First

  • Top Level Pilot Skills

  • Top Quality Equipment

  • Comply With Regulations

MEET THE TEAM

Our experienced Balloon Pilots will be very happy to take you an unforgettable journey over Cappadocia.

Eray Bora

Chief Pilot & Instructor

Graduted from Selcuk University, Natural Gas Heating Systems and Technology Department. Graduated from Anadolu University Faculty of Business Administration. DGCA Instructor Pilot. Discovery Balloons Chief Pilot and Flight and Training Manager. Has 3000+ hours of flight experience with hot air balloons in 11 years. Has been working for many years in ballooning and aviation. Flown with many different brands and models. Certified Maintenance Technician of the balloons in our fleet Lindstrand Balloons, Ultramagic Balloons and Kubicek Balloons. First Aid Expert licenced by Ministry of Health. Full time pilot for Discovery Balloons with an expected average of over 300 flights per year. ISO 9001-2008 authorized quality inspector. Licensed radio user. Has certificates from Versant And Tomer for foreign language proficiency. His biggest dream is to perform and record flights.

Alparslan Uluer

Instructor Pilot & Founder Board Member

Graduted from Anadolu University, Economy Faculty. DGCA Instructor Balloon Pilot. Microlight Pilot. He is one of the founders of Discovery Balloons. Has 3000+ hours of flight experience with hot air balloons in 12 years. Has been working for many years in ballooning and aviation. Flown with many different brands and models. Certified Maintenance Technician of the balloons in our fleet Lindstrand Balloons, Ultramagic Balloons and Cameron Balloons. First Aid Expert licenced by Ministry of Health. Full time pilot for Discovery Balloons with an expected average of over 300 flights per year. . Licensed radio user. Has certificates from Versant And Tomer for foreign language proficiency. He is married and has 2 children.

Abdurrahman Poyraz

Pilot & Maintenance Manager

Graduated from Nevsehir Industrial Vocational High School. Worked abroad for many years in the construction industry. Speaks English, Russian and Turkish. While we were working as a crew member, our company provided piloting trainings for him and he has been one of the most experienced and skilled pilots.
Full time pilot for Discovery Balloons with an expected average of over 300 flights per year.
Has 850 hours of flight experience with hot air balloons. Certified Maintenance Technician of the balloons in our fleet Lindstrand Balloons and Ultramagic Balloons. First Aid Expert licenced by Ministry of Health. Hobbies: Flying, playing soccer, traveling, hiking He is married and has 1 child.
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Kemal Kaya

Pilot & Quality Manager

Double major graduate from Anadolu University Business Administration Faculty and Nevsehir University Tourism and Hotel Management Faculty. Discovery Balloons Quality Manager. He is certified expert for the Maintenance of Linstrand Balloons. He has 850 flight hours with a hot air balloons. Kemal has a passion for flight ever since he saw balloons from his office window in a fancy cave hotel where he worked as night shift manager. Great communication skills and attention to detail make him one of the best pilots in Cappadocia..

Ümit Ertosun

Pilot

Student at Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University Tourism and Travel Faculty. Has Emergency Procedures Training Certificate from Cappadocia Vocational College. Has Meteorology Training Certificate from Cappadocia Vocational College. First Aid Expert licenced by Ministry of Health. ISO 9002-2008 authorized quality inspector. Certified Maintenance Technician of the balloons in our fleet Lindstrand Balloons, Ultramagic Balloons. Has been working for 5 years in ballooning and aviation. Has 850 hours of flight experience with hot air balloons. Flown with many different brands and models. Full time pilot for Discovery Balloons. Hobbies: Flying, travelling, swimming, safari.
Umit is spending half of the year in Sri Lanka, as he is a  pilot in Sri Lanka Balloon, our sister company.

RELATED ORGANIZATIONS

We work with the very best. We are proud of our partners / related organizations, who serve us to deliver the best experience.

WHAT WE HAVE

Our Fleet, Colleagues and Insurance Coverage.

We spare no expense in the purchase our balloons. We work with two of the world’s most prestigious balloon manufacturers: Lindstrand Balloons in the UK and Ultramagic Balloons from Spain.

Our baskets are designed for VIP use and all of our balloons incorporate the latest EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) design and safety features.

We own and operate 4 balloons including the largest one in the World!

Our Balloons:

1 x Lindstrand C-600 (32 passengers + 2 pilots) | Registration: TC-BTR

3 x Ultramagic N-500 (28 passengers + 2 pilots) | Registrations: TC-BUM, TC-BUM, TC-BGS

Our Pilots and Ground Staff are fully qualified and highly experienced, and they are from Turkey. They all have Catgory A & B Commercial Balloon Pilot Licenses to fly all kinds and sizes of balloons according to ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and DGCA (Turkish  Directorate General of Civil Aviation). All have many years of experience behind them, some with a career spanning 12 years in countries as diverse as Russia, Sri Lanka.

Our Ground Crew Members have Balloon Crew Licenses to ensure a professional team work.

We are fully insured by Anadolu Sigorta (Insurance) and carry a maximum combined insurance limit of between €2.5 and €8 million, depending on the size and capacity of the balloon.