When do you fly?
How long is the flight?
How high do you go?
How far do you travel?
How long does it take to inflate the balloon?
Why does it have to fly so early in the morning?
How many people go into the basket?
Does it get cold up there?
Every morning, meeting 1 hour before dawn, weather permitting (7 days, 365 days per year).
The flight lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the wind speed and direction on the morning. But plan on being with us for about 3-4 hours from start to finish.
Most flights take place between 1,000 and 3,000 feet.
It usually takes around 30 minutes to inflate the balloon after arrival at the chosen launch site. You can get involved with the inflation or stand back and take photos.
Balloons need very stable weather conditions and this occurs most predictably in the few hours just after dawn. We wish to fly before the sun can heat up the ground and the wind and 'up lift' starts. Winter months provide pleasant conditions for ballooning. A balloon flying early morning during the summer months is usually back down on the ground by 7:30 a.m.
It depends on the size of the balloon. Most of our areas have several sizes of balloons, the largest capable of taking 16 persons plus the pilot. We are usually flying our larger balloons on the weekends. But we have 12 person, 10 person, 8 person and 4 person balloons as well. We bring out the best size to comfortably lift the number of people who book on a given day.
No, it is no colder in the balloon than on the ground. In fact, the coolest part of the morning is when we meet. It gets warmer from that point on, and quite cosy when flying in the balloon. We therefore recommend that you wear clothing in layers so you can take off a jacket or sweatshirt whilst in the balloon and not become overheated.
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