Matt Rate

Chief Pilot

Matt, has been involved with hot air ballooning from a young age. His very first flight was aged 10, from the Northampton Balloon Festival, back when it was on the racecourse. After the first flight, at every opportunity Matt was crewing or flying with other local balloon pilots. He has been fortunate to experience trips with special shape balloons all around Europe. After gaining his private pilot’s license in 2013 he set off flying around the Northamptonshire country side at every opportunity when the weather was suitable, this soon progressed to flying at various locations throughout Europe and America and annual holidays always included a hot air balloon!