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Flights are normally around 45 minutes but may be longer or shorter depending upon weather conditions and availability of landings sites.
Flights operate daily at sunrise year-round. During the cooler months, November through March we also operate a late afternoon “Sunset” flight.
Please dress in casual comfortable clothing. A hat and sunglasses are nice to have. In cooler weather, a jacket. No open toe shoes, please.
Every flight is different and we are at the whim of Mother Nature. A typical flight is approximately five to seven miles in distance.
There is no sensation of height in a balloon due to the lack of perspective. When you stand atop a tall building, you feel the height because you have something to judge the height against. We are more like an airplane. When you look out the window, it just scenery passing by!
Never! The balloon travels with the wind, so there is no turbulence.
Balloon pilots are required to hold a commercial pilot’s license from the FAA to conduct passenger rides for hire. The balloons are registered like any other aircraft and are subject to an FAA inspection every 100 hours of operation.
Many other materials have been experimented with over the years. However, wicker has proven to still be the best. It is strong, lightweight and flexible.
The balloons burners are fueled by liquid propane gas. (LPG) It is exactly the same fuel used in BBQ grills.
Every flight is different depending upon wind/weather conditions. A typical flight is anywhere between tree-top and 5000 feet above ground.
All participants should be in good general health. Recent surgeries, casts, poor general health, or pregnant women are not allowed.
Your balloon is followed by a chase van and crew who are in contact by radio with the balloon. They will rendezvous with us at landing.
Balloons vary in size from 60 feet to over 100 feet tall.