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

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

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

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

  • Pilot: Cliff Skocdopole

  • From: Condor AB

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

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  • Balloon: Mr Smee

  • Call Letters: C-FUNX

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  • Competitor: #5

  • Pilot: Shane Lockyer

  • From: Calgary AB

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

HIIBF 2020 - Shane Lockyer
  • Balloon: Lil Cameron

  • Call Letters: C-FISN

  • Type: Cameron N65

  • Size (volume): 65000

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

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

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  • Competitor: #8

  • Pilot: Del Michaud

  • From: Calgary AB

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

HIIBF 2020 - Del Michaud
  • Balloon: Pepe le Pew

  • Call Letters: C-GXLU

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  • Competitor: #9

  • Pilots: Cathy Dudgeon

  • From: High River AB

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Balloon: Maryann's Treat

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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: BeeLieve

  • Call Letters: C-GHBP

  • Type: Whelan AX7

  • Size (volume): 77000

HIIBF 2020 - Bill Whalen: Bee Lieve
  • Balloon: Tiki

  • Call Letters: C-GYTK

  • Type: Whelan AX7

  • Size (volume): 77000

HIIBF 2020 - Bill Whalen: Tiki
  • Competitor: #11

  • Pilots: Walt & Linda Then

  • From: Calgary AB

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

HIIBF 2020 - Walt and Linda Then
  • Balloon: Big Toy

  • Call Letters: C-GIGC

  • Type: Cameron N77

  • Size (volume): 77000

HIIBF 2020 - Walt and Linda Then: Big Toy
  • Balloon: Big Toy II

  • Call Letters: C-GTHE

  • Type: Cameron O77

  • Size (volume): 77000

HIIBF 2020 - Walt and Linda Then: Big Toy
  • Competitor: #12

  • Pilot: Richard Clark

  • From: Calgary AB

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

HIIBF 2020 - Richard Clark
  • Balloon: Our Treat

  • Call Letters: C-FGBY

  • Type: Cameron O77

  • Size (volume): 77000

HIIBF 2020 - Richard Clark: Our Treat
  • Competitor: #13

  • Pilot: Johann-Francois Quellette Freve

  • From: Longueul QC

  • Attended: 2020, 2021

HIIBF 2020 - Johann-Francois Freve
  • Balloon: Freedom

  • Call Letters: C-GIJM

  • Type: Fantasy 8 90

  • Size (volume): 90000

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  • Competitor: #14

  • Pilot: Pier Alexandere Marcoux

  • From: QC

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Balloon: TBA

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  • Competitor: #15

  • Pilot: Tommy Quevillon

  • From: Vankleek ON

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Balloon: TBA

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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: Firefly 7

  • Size (volume): 77000

HIIBF 2020 - Scott Beaton: Midnight Sun
  • Competitor: #17

  • Pilot: Pierre Cyr

  • From: Montreal QC

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Balloon: TBA

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  • 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

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  • Competitor: #19

  • Pilot: Alain Baird

  • From: Ottawa ON

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Competitor: #20

  • Pilot: Bill Dickinson

  • From: Rolling Hills AB

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

HIIBF 2020 - Bill-Dickinson
  • Balloon: Geppetto

  • Call Letters: C-GFPH

  • Type: Galaxy GLX 7

  • Size (volume): 77000

HIIBF 2020 - Bill-Dickinson: Geppetto
  • Competitor: #21

  • Pilot: Charles "Hank" Humiston

  • From: Albuquerque NM USA

  • Attended: 2021

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  • Balloon: Sunday Cruise

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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

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  • Competitor: #23

  • Pilot: Justin Elkins

  • From: Helena MT USA

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

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  • Balloon: Woolly Bugger

  • Call Letters: N4558T

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  • Competitor: #24

  • Pilot: Peter Van Overwalle

  • From: MT USA

  • Attended: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2021

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  • Balloon: Nelly-B

  • Call Letters: G-NLYB

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  • Competitor: #25

  • Pilot: Paul Burrows

  • From: Bristol United Kingdom

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

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  • Balloon: Light House

  • Call Letters: G-HLAM

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