Pilots

Our 2021 Pilot Lineup!

We are happy to introduce the pilots registered for the 2021 Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival. Not only do we have our local pilots, we have representation from BC through Quebec. We anticipate our international friends from the United States and United Kingdom will be able to participate this year.

Enjoy becoming familiar with the pilots and their balloons so you'll know who is in the sky when we fly. As of June 2021, we have 25 entrants. That number may increase or decrease over the coming weeks as details are finalized. 

  • Competitor: #1

  • Pilot: Dale W. Ritchie

  • From: Golden BC

  • Attended: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

HIIBF 2020 - Dale Ritchie
  • Balloon: Emily

  • Call Letters: C-FJAV

  • Type: Sundance SBA77

  • Size (volume): 77000

  • Category: Sport

HIIBF 2020 - Dale Ritchie: Emily
  • Competitor: #2

  • Pilot: Brant Leatherdale

  • From: Calgary AB

  • Attended: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

HIIBF 2020 - Brant Leatherdale
  • Balloon: Herbal Magic

  • Call Letters: C-GHER

  • Type: Firefly 8B 15

  • Size (volume): 90000

  • Category: Sport

HIIBF 2020 - Brant Leatherdale: Herbal Magic
  • Competitor: #3

  • Pilot: John Phillips

  • From: Parkland County AB

  • Attended: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

HIIBF 2020 - John Phillips
  • Balloon: Purple Haze

  • Call Letters: C-GSTK

  • Type: Aerostar RX7

  • Size (volume): 77500

  • Category: Sport

HIIBF 2020 - John Phillips: Purple Haze
  • Competitor: #4

  • Pilot: Cliff Skocdopole

  • From: Condor AB

  • Attended: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021

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  • Balloon: Redee N Willing

  • Call Letters: C-FHIA

  • Type: Sundance SBA90

  • Size (volume): 90000

  • Category: Sport

HIIBF-Cliff-Skocdopole-2021-Reddee-N-Willing
  • Balloon: Northern Flights

  • Call Letters: C-GHOT

  • Type: Kubicek BB26XR

  • Size (volume): 90000

  • Category: Racer

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  • Competitor: #5

  • Pilot: Shane Lockyer

  • From: Calgary AB

  • Attended: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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  • Balloon: Fishin'

  • Call Letters: C-FISN

  • Type: Cameron N65

  • Size (volume): 65000

  • Category: Sport

HIIBF 2020 - Shane-Lockyer: Lil Cameron
  • Competitor: #6

  • Pilot: Jennifer Podruski

  • From: High River AB

  • Attended: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

HIIBF 2020 - Jenn Podrusk
  • Balloon: Louie

  • Call Letters: C-FVEN

  • Type: Aerosport RX7

  • Size (volume): 77000

  • Category: Sport

HIIBF 2020 - Jenn Podruski: Louie
  • Competitor: #7

  • Pilot: Jamie Kinghorn

  • From: High River AB

  • Attended: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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  • Balloon: Eye of RA

  • Call Letters: C-GRAA

  • Type: Bill Whalen AX8

  • Size (volume): 90000

  • Category: Sport

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  • Competitor: #8

  • Pilot: Del Michaud

  • From: Calgary AB

  • Attended: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

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  • Balloon: Pepe le Pew

  • Call Letters: C-GXLU

  • Type: Balloon Works FF7B

  • Size (volume): 65000

  • Category: Sport

HIIBF 2020 - Del Michaud: Pepe Le Pew
  • Competitor: #9

  • Pilots: Cathy Dudgeon

  • From: High River AB

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Balloon: Maryann's Treat

  • Call Letters: C-FRMN

  • Type: Cameron O-77

  • Size (volume): 77000

  • Category: Sport

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  • Competitor: #10

  • Pilots: Bill Whalen & Sandra Rolfe

  • From: Vankleek, ON

  • Attended: 2014, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021

HIIBF 2020 - Bill Whalen and Sandra Rolfe
  • Balloon: Miss Birdy

  • Call Letters: C-GNGZ

  • Type: Whelan AX8

  • Size (volume): 90000

  • Category: Sport

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  • Competitor: #11

  • Pilots: Walt & Linda Then

  • From: Calgary AB

  • Attended: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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  • Balloon: Big Toy II

  • Call Letters: C-GTHE

  • Type: Cameron O77

  • Size (volume): 77000

  • Category: Sport

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  • Competitor: #12

  • Pilot: Richard Clark

  • From: Calgary AB

  • Attended: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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  • Balloon: Our Treat

  • Call Letters: C-FGBY

  • Type: Cameron O77

  • Size (volume): 77000

  • Category: Sport

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  • Competitor: #13

  • Pilot: Johann-Francois Quellette Freve

  • From: Longueul QC

  • Attended: 2020, 2021

HIIBF 2020 - Johann-Francois Freve
  • Balloon: Red-Y!

  • Call Letters: C-GGKI

  • Type: Sundance B SBA90

  • Size (volume): 90000

  • Category: Sport

HIIBF-Johann-Freve-2021-RED-I
  • Competitor: #14

  • Pilot: Pier Alexandere Marcoux

  • From: Levis QC

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Balloon: Au-dela du reve / Beyond The Dream

  • Call Letters: C-GIVG

  • Type: Ultramagic H-77

  • Size (volume): 77000

  • Category: Sport

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  • Competitor: #15

  • Pilot: Tommy Quevillon

  • From: Vankleek ON

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Balloon: Gavy the Alien

  • Call Letters: C-GAVY

  • Type: Whelan AX7

  • Size (volume):  77000

  • Category: Experimental

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  • Competitor: #16

  • Pilot: Scott Beaton

  • From: High River AB

  • Attended: 2019, 2020, 2021

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  • Balloon: Midnight Sun

  • Call Letters: C-GMOA

  • Type: Balloon Works FF7

  • Size (volume): 77000

  • Category: Sport

HIIBF-Scott-Beaton-2021-Midnight-Sun
  • Competitor: #17

  • Pilot: Pierre Cyr

  • From: Montreal QC

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Balloon: N/A

  • Call Letters: C-GPXU

  • Type: Aerostar S60A

  • Size (volume): 105000

  • Category: Sport 

HIIBF-Pierre-Cyr-2021-CGPXU
  • Competitor: #18

  • Pilot: Garry Lockyer

  • From: Oliver BC

  • Attended: 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2021

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  • Balloon: Cotton Candy

  • Call Letters: C-GSOK

  • Type: Ultramagic Z-90

  • Size (volume): 90000

  • Category: Sport

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  • Competitor: #19

  • Pilot: Alain Bard

  • From: Ottawa ON

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Balloon: Alien Rocket

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  • Competitor: #20

  • Pilot: Bill Dickinson

  • From: Rolling Hills AB

  • Attended: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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  • Balloon: Geppetto

  • Call Letters: C-GFPH

  • Type: Galaxy GLX 7

  • Size (volume): 77000

  • Category: Sport

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  • Competitor: #21

  • Pilot: Charles "Hank" Humiston

  • From: Albuquerque NM USA

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Balloon: Sunday Cruise

  • Call Letters: N32896

  • Type: Balloon Works

  • Size (volume): 90000

  • Category: Shape

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  • Competitor: #22

  • Pilot: Chris Jones

  • From: Billings MT USA

  • Attended: 2019, 2021

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  • Balloon: Sapphire Sunrise

  • Call Letters: N7111G

  • Type: Raven Aerostar S55-A

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  • Competitor: #23

  • Pilot: Justin Elkins

  • From: Helena MT USA

  • Attended: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

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  • Balloon: Dust In The Wind

  • Call Letters: N65576

  • Type: CBUS A-120

  • Size (volume): 120000

  • Category: Sport

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  • Competitor: #24

  • Pilot: Peter Van Overwalle

  • From: Ennis MT USA

  • Attended: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2021

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  • Balloon: Princess Nelly

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  • Competitor: #25

  • Pilot: Paul Burrows

  • From: Bristol North Somerset United Kingdom

  • Attended: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

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  • Balloon: TBA

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