Along with his 27 years’ service as a fighter pilot, Dominique has been extremely interested in hot air ballooning since the 1990s. As Flight Safety Directing Officer in the Air Force, his experience allowed Touraine Montgolfière to rapidly become a reference concerning safety and organization of flights in the ballooning world.
After several years paced on the rhythm of championships, or as flight director of major air shows, such as the Montgolfiades Primagaz de Tours, Dominique now shares his passion with his passengers and students and has done so for 12 years.
He totalizes 6500 flying hours and 45 years as a flight captain. In 1996 he was awarded the highest distinction in the aeronautical world, the « médaille de l’aéronautique » (medal of aeronautics) by the Ministry of Defence.
Franck became a glider pilot at the age of 17 and then joined the School of the Air. His training as a fighter pilot allowed him to become a civilian commercial airline pilot at 25, before being hired as a pilot in aerial works by Klaus Ohlmann, specialist in extreme glider flights holding 8 world records.
At the same time he flew hot air balloons with Dominique for leisure. But, with the ATPL (the highest qualification in civil aviation), Franck combined his experience with that of Dominique to create the company Touraine Montgolfière ®.
Franck is qualified in all types of balloons, he totalizes 3500 flying hours and celebrates his 25 years as a flight captain.