HeatWave & Bellestar


Kent J Barnes  KJBarnes@gmail.com\

A fixed wing pilot since his college days (let’s not ask how long ago that was), Kent has been enjoying flying hot air balloons since his initial lighter than air flight that came about as the solution to a mid-life crisis. Within six weeks of his first flight in a balloon, he purchased BelleStar his first balloon and completed the requirements to earn a FAA commercial pilot certificate.

Kent has had the opportunity to travel and fly at locations and events across the western United States, as well many international events in the Middle East, Asia Pacific as well as South and Central America. Kent’s favorite areas to fly are the mountains of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming as well as the red rock country of Arizona, New Mexico and of course Utah. However, the pyramids of Mexico offer a spectacular experience from a hot air balloon that must be seen.

One of his greatest joys is to introduce the sport of hot air ballooning to people for their first time.  He really enjoys his role as an instructor where he is able to see student's progression to earning their pilot certificate. It is Kent’s desire to promote ballooning as a fun filled family activity to the general public and corporate America.