Sky’s The Limit Ballooning Adventures has been safely and professionally giving high-quality hot air balloon rides since 1994. We pride ourselves on being a family owned and family operated business. So, we have the highest level of customer service. The joy of a great hot air ballooning experience is at the heart of what we do. We want all our customers to enjoy their time in the sky as much as we enjoy taking you up there.



Born and raised in Encinitas California, James Lawson is the proud owner of Sky’s The Limit Ballooning Adventures. Operating since 1994, the business is still family-owned and family-run. He is an experienced pilot, having flown all types of aircraft since he was 16 years old. He’s proud to be a Bush Pilot as well as a Sea Plane rated pilot.

He has flown hot air balloons in Africa, Spain, Hawaii and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He got his inspiration one night to fly hot air balloons when he noticed one fly over him in the city of Encinitas. He then got his pilot certificate and later became an instructor. He is also is one of just 24 pilots in the whole country permitted to fly passengers in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

In James’s own words, “It’s not the flying I love so much, it’s about changing the way people think for a moment while they are up in the air.”


Ferrel took his first balloon ride back in 1983 and has been hooked ever since. By January 1985 he had already obtained his commercial balloon license and was piloting rides every weekend. By 1990 he quit his job to take up ballooning full time. As a commercial balloon pilot he has already accumulated over 10,000 hours of hot air balloon flight time.

Ferrel has flown hot air balloons all over the world including The Serengeti, Tanzania, Taiwan and The Alps. Not to mention our very own Del Mar coastline! He has also flown many celebrities including Will Smith, Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Jackson, Mickey Rouke, Lenny Kravitz and many more.


Nick is the Crew manager for our Solvang-Santa Barbara wine country flight. An invaluable asset to the team, he plays an active part of assisting with the operations and booking the passenger rides.


Eric has been with us for over 15 years and plays a vital part in assisting our pilots with flights in our San Diego-Del Mar & Temecula locations. He makes sure that all of our passengers have a great experience.

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