When Do You
Balloon flights are
normally timed to take off within an hour of sunrise or during the two
hours prior to sunset. We do not fly during the day because the air is
turbulent with thermal winds. In the winter these winds are not as
strong and we can sometimes fly during the day.
Rain, Fog, low cloud
cover, too much wind or not enough wind are the typical weather
conditions that would prompt us to postpone a scheduled flight. We
consider wind speed in excess of 9 knots as the upper threshold for
safety. Even at that, launches and landings can be hazardous. Each
pilot will make his or her own decision weather or not it is safe to
fly. Not enough wind? Unlike too much wind, we like to give our clients
a nice scenic flight. And, of course, an hour or so going nowhere isn't
much of an adventure. We know that having that special flight postponed
can be a disappointment, but we have a saying that " It is better to be
on the ground wishing you were in the air, than to be in the air
wishing you were on the ground!"
How Does A
Hot Air Balloon Work?
Present day Hot Air
Balloon systems closely resemble the original balloons and work on the
simple principle that hot air rises. They consist of an envelope to
contain the hot air, a system to produce the hot air and a wicker
basket to carry passengers. Lift is derived from heating the air inside
the envelope and to descend by allowing some of the air to cool
naturally or manually vent some out.
Where Do You
We launch from many
areas in northern Wayne County. Or you can book a flight at one of the
balloon festivals we attend throughout the year. The choice of the
actual launch site will vary depending on the wind direction at the
time of the flight. We want to go in a direction where we know there
will be a fair selection of landing sites. We are fortunate that we
have a variety of launch sites that suit the various wind directions.
Where Do You
Balloons don't have any
means of controlling lateral movement so they go wherever the wind
takes them. The adventure of Ballooning is not knowing your destination
prior to departure. During the flight, the pilot will select a landing
site and bring you back to mother earth.
How Long Is
Flights usually last 45
minutes to over an hour, but we suggest you allow up to three hours for
the whole excursion. This will include setup, flight, pack-up,
champagne or non-alcoholic beverage toast, as well as travel back to
the launch site.
Should I Wear?
You should dress to
suit the season. You won't be warmer or cooler during the flight than
you would be on the ground. You should also choose footwear that's
suitable for walking through country fields.
You may want to bring a
camera or two to record your experience. Our crew chief can take photos
of you in the balloon from the ground while you take the scenery from
the air. We have not lost a camera yet so use the straps provided for
your neck or wrist.
Can I Bring
Although there are alot
of children who are adventurous, it is important that each passenger be
able to take care of themselves when flying. It would be difficult, in
the event of a windy landing, for our passengers to hang on as well as
hang on to a child. We also feel that each passenger should be able to
stand and see over the side of the basket. Little ears are sometimes
sensitive to the sound that the burner makes and in addition may become
frightened with the "fire". The most important thing we want to give
you, our passengers, is a memorable, enjoyable hour long ride. Children
become bored and fidgety in a short period of time which could cause
your ride to be shortened or less enjoyable than it should be. If your
child is social, it is alot of fun for them to ride in the chase
vehicle, which follows along and is there when mom and dad land. Our
chase crew always has the attitude, the more the merrier and that
includes children. That being said, children may ride in the balloon if
they are tall enough to see over the side, (I'm 5'5" and it comes up to
nearly my waist) and they are responsible to take care of themselves as
How Can I
Book A Flight?
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If
you have a special day in mind it's best to book as soon as possible.
If the weather is uncooperative on the selected day, we can arrange an
alternate date. Balloons can fly any time of the year and each season
has its own particular attractions. The choice is yours!
Can I Get A
Yes, of course, it's a
great way to help someone celebrate a birthday, anniversary, marriage,
or any occasion and gives them the opportunity to choose when they wish