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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.

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Mehmet Çiçek
Chief PilotMehmet Çiçek
LANGUEAGES :TRENES

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 TIME2441 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER2391 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE12 Year 8 Month
Abdullah Atasoy
Professional PilotAbdullah Atasoy
LANGUEAGES :TREN

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 TIME1817 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER1767 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE10 Year 7 Month
Hakan Hamamcı
Professional PilotHakan Hamamcı
LANGUEAGES :TREN

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 TIME1345 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER1295 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE9 Year 10 Month
Ömer Sezen
Professional PilotÖmer Sezen
LANGUEAGES :TREN

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 TIME1244 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER1194 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE9 Year 11 Month
Murat Özdoğan
Instructor PilotMurat Özdoğan
LANGUEAGES :TRENIT

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 TIME2160 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER2110 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE11 Year 9 Month
Tuncay Bülbül
Professional PilotTuncay Bülbül
LANGUEAGES :TREN

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 TIME914 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER864 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE6 Year 9 Month
Mehmet Üzümcü
Instructor PilotMehmet Üzümcü
LANGUEAGES :TREN

No words can explain Mehmet, he must be experienced!

Note: No Regrets Guarantee

  • Experience 1
    FLIGHT TIME1599 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER1549 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE10 Year 4 Month
Nafiz Menekşe
Professional PilotNafiz Menekşe
LANGUEAGES :TREN

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 TIME690 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER640 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE5 Year 6 Month
Melisa Altaş
Assistant PilotMelisa Altaş
LANGUEAGES :TREN

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 TIME291 Hours
  • Experience 2
    FLIGHT NUMBER241 Times
  • Experience 3
    EXPERIENCE1 Year 10 Month