John Wallington is a pilot and the founding owner of Balloon Aloft Canberra. John has been flying hot air balloons since 1986. His interest in Aviation developed at a very early age with a strong family background in gliding and meteorology. John also has a love of travel and outdoor activity on land, water and in the air.
John was the National Hot Air Balloon Champion in 1988-90 and again in 1992-94.
Ballooning, particularly with Dick Smith as a fellow pilot, has provided some great adventure challenges. In 1993 they made the first non stop Trans-Australia crossing by balloon and in 2000 the first and only balloon flight from New Zealand to Australia against the prevailing winds. In 1995 John was awarded The Montgolfiere Diploma – the World´s highest ballooning award. These flights set distance and duration records to which John added the Australian balloon altitude record in 2008.
Sailboard exploits included the design and building of the first, probably only, three masted sailboard in Australia and island hopping in the Barrier Reef.
He continues to fly mostly as an instructor or examiner and likes to paddle a sea kayak whenever possible.