About Your Pilot

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Captain Sean Quigley took his first balloon ride in 1979 and fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a balloon pilot in 1987. An F.A.A. licensed commercial pilot; he has since logged over 2000 flights in hot air balloons in festivals and races from Florida to Maine as well as in Europe. In 1989, he placed sixth of 38 countries represented in Le Coup Du Monde, World Cup balloon race in Belfort, France. He has piloted his balloon over the brim of Niagara Falls several times and placed ninth in the U.S. in a distance Long Jump competition, traveling over 114 miles in 2.5 hours. In 2004 he flew in a weeklong festival over the Alps at Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland. In January 2012, Sean flew two flights to 13,000 ft. over the Austrian Alps. He has owned and operated Balloons Over Letchworth since 1993.

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We are the only balloon company that operates from Letchworth State Park. Balloons Over Letchworth has the exclusive contract with the state of New York to launch from inside the gorge. While others may try to obtain winds to fly over the gorge, we launch next to the historic Glen Iris Inn at the south end of the park. You will immediately be over the Middle and Upper waterfalls as well as the historic train trestle.