PILOTS

Urgup Balloons Pilots
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By running a rigorous vetting process, we have hired the most talented, finest and brightest pilots out there. They are regarded as the Cappadocia's best flight crew with more than 10 years of experience delivering excellent hot-air-balloon flight service.

MANAGEMENT PILOTS
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Mehmet Çiçek
Chief Pilot Mehmet Çiçek
LANGUEAGES : TR EN ES

Of all hot-air-balloon pilots in Cappadocia, Mehmet, without dispute, is the most skilled one, a pioneer aviator. Ballooning has never been a job but an insistent passion for him. Mehmet’s claim to fame is his photographic memory which serves as natural navigation. Once, he performed a successful air balloon flight under the wind speed of 45 km/h (four times above the acceptable limit). He has the highest-flying hours with 2,200 in the team. His responsibilities include training new pilots, overseeing the coordination between pilots, maintaining pilot performance and tracking maintenance records of the balloons.

He also can speak English and Spanish fluently.  When not at work, Mehmet can be seen editing false content regarding hot-air-balloons on Wikipedia.

  • Experience 1
    FLIGHT TIME 2371 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER 2321 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE 12 Year 6 Month
Abdullah Atasoy
Professional Pilot Abdullah Atasoy
LANGUEAGES : TR EN

Abdullah has exceptional pilot handlings skills and a great track record of smooth landings. The way he lands the balloon resembles a feather falling slowly from the sky. With more than 1,500 flying hours, he offers the smoothest balloon ride in the world.  Abdullah is also a good computer technician, holding a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering.  When not riding balloons through magical valleys of Cappadocia, he can be found coding applications.

  • Experience 1
    FLIGHT TIME 1747 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER 1697 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE 10 Year 5 Month
Hakan Hamamcı
Professional Pilot Hakan Hamamcı
LANGUEAGES : TR EN

With more than 1,100 flying hours, Hakan is one of the most experienced hot-air-balloon pilots in the Cappadocia region. Backed by superior hot air balloon control skills and manual dexterity, he excels at maintaining exceptional levels of passenger service. Besides, Hakan works as a certified Quality Manager at Urgup Balloons, holding a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and responsible for maintenance and daily monitoring of the balloons. His meticulous attention to detail ensures the balloons maintain higher quality standards. One reason which made him a hot-air-balloon pilot is that he loves witnessing the moment when his passengers get amazed by the view of lunarlike Cappadocia landscape above skies, being part of this unique occasion. He believes that drifting around fairy chimneys and soaring over long valleys of Cappadocia gives a feeling of freedom and serenity, maintaining mental clarity.

  • Experience 1
    FLIGHT TIME 1275 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER 1225 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE 9 Year 8 Month
Ömer Sezen
Professional Pilot Ömer Sezen
LANGUEAGES : TR EN

Ömer has approximately 1000 flying hours and been flying in Cappadocia for ten years. He participated in various world record attempts sponsored by Red Bull. Becoming a hot-air-balloon pilot has been a long-standing dream of him, which has turned into reality with the opening of first balloon pilot school in Cappadocia. He lived in Amsterdam for a while to observe balloon flights. Furthermore, he can speak English fluently. When not ballooning, he is a passionate organic farmer, producing organic worm casting fertilizers.

  • Experience 1
    FLIGHT TIME 1174 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER 1124 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE 9 Year 9 Month
Murat Özdoğan
Instructor Pilot Murat Özdoğan
LANGUEAGES : TR EN IT

Murat was originally historian who has insatiable curiosity in ancient civilizations which led his way to Cappadocia, home to a plethora of the world's great civilizations. The first time he had seen the balloons above the sky, tempting nature of flying altered his career plan entirely. Now with more than 2,000 flying hours, he is a world-renowned hot-air-balloon pilot and brings a unique contribution to the team. Prior to Urgup Balloons, he has worked as a hot-air-balloon pilot in many countries around the world and is experienced in flying in a variety of weather conditions. 

When not heating up the balloons, Murat can be found reading old encyclopedias and creating great playlists to be played during your hot-air-balloon adventures. He also is fluent in English and Italian.

  • Experience 1
    FLIGHT TIME 2090 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER 2040 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE 11 Year 7 Month
Tuncay Bülbül
Professional Pilot Tuncay Bülbül
LANGUEAGES : TR EN

Tuncay believes pleasure in the job leads to perfection in the work. He has a healthy passion to fly and perfectionist personality when it comes to ballooning. He has logged over 750 hours of flying. Prior to Urgup Balloons, he worked at a few other companies in Cappadocia. Away from work, you can find Tuncay hiking around the canyon walls of Pigeon Valley. He also can speak English at a professional level.

  • Experience 1
    FLIGHT TIME 844 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER 794 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE 6 Year 7 Month
Mehmet Üzümcü
Instructor Pilot Mehmet Üzümcü
LANGUEAGES : TR EN

No words can explain Mehmet, he must be experienced!

Note: No Regrets Guarantee

  • Experience 1
    FLIGHT TIME 1529 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER 1479 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE 10 Year 2 Month
Nafiz Menekşe
Professional Pilot Nafiz Menekşe
LANGUEAGES : TR EN

Nafiz is the newest member of Urgup Balloons, joined the team in 2018. The inherent talent that he has with ballooning cannot go unnoticed. He flies with balloons as gentle as swirls of a ballerina. When not gliding over fretted ravines with balloons, he is a professional photographer capturing best shots of Cappadocia. He also has a high proficiency in English.

  • Experience 1
    FLIGHT TIME 620 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER 570 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE 5 Year 4 Month
Melisa Altaş
Assistant Pilot Melisa Altaş
LANGUEAGES : TR EN

Melisa is one of a very few female air balloon pilots in Cappadocia, determined to become a pioneer aviator in future. She has a can-do attitude and an inherent talent to ride the balloon. She is an inspiration and heroine for women who are thinking of pursuing a career in aviation. Melisa is at the early stage of her flying career, learning hot air ballooning from the industry’s most experienced pilots and soon to earn her wings. Away from work, she is addicted to hiking, living her life as wild as she can!

  • Experience 1
    FLIGHT TIME 221 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER 171 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE 1 Year 8 Month