About Your Pilot
Geoff Ziegler is the president and pilot at Skypoint. He
is a lifelong resident of Carmel, Indiana and Hamilton
county. Geoff's passion for ballooning is a result of his
early interest in the old hydrogen gas balloons and airships
of the 1930's. After crewing for an out of town balloonist
competing in one of the first Indiana State Fair Balloon
Races, Geoff was inspired to take balloon pilot instruction.
During his 30 year career as a professional balloon pilot,
Geoff went on to compete in many balloon races including the
U.S. National Championships, The Great Lakes Regional
Championships, the "500" May Classic balloon races, the
Corvette Nationals, the Conner Prairie Balloon Races and the
Indiana State Fair Giant Balloon Race. Ironically, Geoff now
has the proud distinction of being the longest, continuous
pilot in the history of the Indiana Sate Fair Giant Balloon
Race. Geoff's sponsor, the
Estridge Company is now the
longest continuous balloon sponsor for this race. Geoff's
previous balloon race sponsors include: Coke, The Indiana
Pacers, York Heating and Air, Tuchman Cleaners and
You can watch Geoff compete "live" on WTHR TV (Channel
13) every State Fair Balloon Race. Geoff takes the WTHR
camera crew on board to film the race and interview Geoff,
while the WTHR helicopter camera crew films Geoff's balloon
sponsored by Estridge.
Geoff holds ratings in all size classifications of
balloons including the largest balloon in the U.S. at the
time, 240,000 cubic feet/passenger, which was operated from
1985 thru 1992.
About Our Balloon Equipment
"On a clear day you can see forever", says pilot Geoff
Ziegler. "From one of our many launch sites in Hamilton
county we often can see downtown Indianapolis and the old
Kokomo water tower." As you can imagine, we've seen many
changes in the landscape during thousands of flights over
the Hamilton and bordering counties.
Our passengers enjoy first class accommodations in our new
and spacious hot air balloon. In 30 years we've seen many
changes in balloon technology and safety features. Our new
balloon incorporates all of the latest updates. Our basket
is oversized for more room per passenger. There are no fuel
tanks or equipment in our designated passenger area. Our
basket sidewalls are higher than the smaller traditional
Because of the unique design features of our basket, it is
particularly well suited for the very young and elderly
passengers. It also offers the perfect environment for
Our basket will very comfortably hold up to six
passengers (depending on combined total weight and
temperature of the day.) The average is four. We have a
partitioned passenger compartment. The pilot compartment is
separated from the passenger compartment and contains the
fuel tanks, instruments, radio equipment and burners.
We do not require any minimum number of passengers.
Special thanks to our long term sponsor
Estridge who who helped with the funding
necessary to purchase this very special, state of the art
and EXPENSIVE hot air balloon.