Dominic Bareford had an early introduction to ballooning when his father flew him from the maternity hospital shortly after his birth in July 1993. Since then Dominic has crewed for and flown many times with his father and various other pilots both in the UK and other countries around the world.
He obtained his PPL for balloons shortly after his 17th birthday in 2010 and has steadily gained experience as P1. In 2011 he extended his experience in ballooning by becoming an observer for competition flights. In September 2012, with just over 40 hours as P1 in balloons Dominic competed in his first ever British National Hot Air Balloon Championship and was placed second.
This qualifies him for a place at the next European Championship where he will probably be the youngest ever pilot (20) to compete in this event.