Hot Air Balloon Pilot, Eddie Jacobs
Eddie Jacobs qualified as a balloon pilot in Austria. He has flown extensively over Asia and Europe. He became a South African resident in 1994.
Eddie is probably unique in South Africa in that he has piloted fixed wing, balloons, thermal air ships and rotary blade aircraft.
This hot air balloon pilot started flying for Air Trackers and was one of the first pilots to fly in the Pilanesburg Game Reserve. He started his own operation, Air to Air Africa cc and launched from Glenburn Lodge in 1999. Currently, Air to Air Africa has three commercial licensed balloons in operation : one 400,000 cubic feet balloon with a capacity of 16/18 passengers nick named the Red Monster, 250,000 cubic feet balloon with a capacity of 6/8 passengers nick named Daddy Blue and a 210,000 cubic feet balloon nicknamed Baby Stripes with a capacity of 4/8 passengers.
When Eddie is not piloting a hot air balloon, he spends his free time building and restoring exotic cars, and has built a Lotus seven, GT 40, Cobra, Lamborghini, two E types and many more. He has also restored Airplanes and built a mini 500 helicopter.
Our hot air balloon pilot has flown advertising balloons such as Simba Chips, White Horse whisky, the M-Net air ship, and many others all over South Africa. He has been involved in a great deal of balloon stunt work for British & South African television and films.
If you wish to meet our experienced hot air balloon pilot, Eddie Jacobs, we welcome you to make a booking.