Justin Wilkinson is a second generation pilot, with 14 years piloting experience. Justin and his wife Courteney and two daughters, Emrey and Elizabeth, live in Bermuda Dunes, California and will be competing for the third year in the Battle Creek Hot-Air Balloon Championship. They run a hot-air balloon ride company and Italian restaurant. Justin's balloons is called Upgrade, due to it being a nice upgrade from his last racer. He has been flying hot-air balloons for the majority of his life. He received his private license at the age of 17 and commercial license at 18.