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Ballooning Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the flight?

The flight lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the wind speed and direction on the morning of your flight. But plan on being with us for about 3-4 hours from start to finish.

How high do you go?

Your altitude will vary during your flight, but most flights take place between 500 and 3,000 feet. The balloon may go higher if the day’s winds allow your pilot to do so. Winds permitting, some flights will also occur at lower altitudes (treetop level) that provide a nice close up of the landscape below.

How far do you travel?

Because your balloon flight relies 100% on the wind, no two flights are the same, but most flights travel approximately 2-5 miles.

How many people go into the basket?

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. However, we have 12 person, 10 person, 8 person and 4 person balloons for smaller parties. We bring out the best size to comfortably lift the number of people who book on a given day.

What should we wear?

Wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes appropriate for an outdoor adventure. Dress for the season and layer your clothing so that you can adjust for the warmingtemperatures as the morning progresses. The coolest you will be is on the ground. Once in flight, the burners tend to keep the basket nice and warm during the winter months. In the winter, appropriate clothing includes hats, gloves, boots and sunglasses. Summer attire includes long pants, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses. No shorts, open-toed shoes or sandals please.

What should we bring?

Bring your camera and plenty of film. Video cameras are also permitted.

How quiet is it in the Balloon?

When the burner is off, it is extremely quiet. Silence is one of the most enjoyable aspects of ballooning.

What about children?

Around the age of 6 years, children are tall enough to see over the side of the basket and have the attention span to enjoy an hour or more flight in an open basket. Sometimes young children are sensitive to the sound of the burners, but most quickly become interested in how the balloon works. They enjoy looking for wildlife in the vineyards and generally enjoy the inflation and pack up almost as much as the flight itself. Very small children and infants should wait until they are old enough to appreciate the ballooning experience.

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