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Seth Bailey

Owner / Pilot

Seth has always had a love of flying and of hot air balloons in particular. Growing up in Sussex, New Brunswick, he would spend as much time as he could at the Atlantic Balloon Fiesta watching the balloons take flight and eventually learning to crew once he got his driver’s license. Seth knew that his life would involve flight, so in 1998 he decided to go to pilot’s school to get his commercial fixed wing license. 

Years later, in Ontario, came the opportunity for Seth to train for his hot air balloon pilot license. In the summer of 2006 he trained with one of the best pilots in the industry and began flying commercially. Seth obtained his Pilot Instructor rating in 2017 and is able to train and mentor new hot air balloon pilots. He now has over 900 hours in the air in planes and balloons!

Katherine Bailey

Owner / Crew Chief

Katherine was introduced to ballooning in 2006 when Seth presented the opportunity to crew for the Brooks & Dunn hot air balloon while it was touring with the band and made a stop in New Brunswick. Little did she know as the time that by the spring of the following year she would be learning the ropes of running a ballooning business.

Katherine takes care of all of the flight reservations, pre-flight prep and administrative stuff, as well as being the Crew Chief for the chase crew. Her most important job is ensuring everyone has enough champagne when they land!

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J.P. Lemaire

Pilot

J.P. joined the East Coast Balloon Adventures team in 2021. Licensed in 1999, J.P. has over 2,650 hours in the air! J.P. has flown in some incredible places over the last 20 years, including Masai Mara, Kenya; Bagan, Myanmar; Arizona and now the beautiful Annapolis Valley.

In his spare time, J.P. loves to spend time coaching his son's football team. He is a proud father to 3 awesome sons and is married to the love of his life, Terilyn, who is an accomplished photographer and entrepreneur. Terilyn owns Bloom Printing - a great place to get the pictures from your adventure printed to cherish forever!

OUR CREW

We couldn't do this alone. We have a fantastic group of ground crew who come out to help with each and every flight. These are just a few of the friendly faces you may see when you fly with us.

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