Questions and Answers
Will I Get "Seasick"?
No. There is no feeling of motion in the balloon. The balloon is completely stable and does not swing or sway. It is nothing like
an amusement ride.
How High Do Balloons Fly?
Normal flights go about 2,000 feet but the pilot may go higher or lower to obtain various wind directions.
Can You Steer The Balloon?
No. There is no steering device. The pilot can only go up or down to obtain different wind directions.
No two flights are alike as you are at the mercy of the wind.
What Weather Conditions Do We Need?
Generally winds of 10 m.p.h. or less with no precipitation and no thunder storm activity. The Captain has 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!". We have a perfect safety record since starting in 1987 and intend to keep it that way!
How Do We Get Back To Our Cars?
The pilot is radio contact with our "chase vehicle". Our crew will meet us at our landing site.
After packing up the balloon and our customary champagne toast, we will drive you back to our launch site. Your friends and family are
also welcome to join in the balloon "chase".
What Should I Wear?
Dress for the conditions of the day. Contrary to belief, it is not colder aloft, in fact it is usually warmer. The
burners can be hot on a warm day so caps are recommended. Wear waterproof shoes for sunrise flights as the grass is always wet. Please
do not wear sandals or high heels.
Are Cameras Allowed?
Absolutely, however, we're not responsible for their safety. Oversized camcorders and camera bags may not be allowed
due to space restrictions.
When Do You Fly and for How Long?
Balloons can only fly at sunrise and 2 hours before sunset when the winds are light. Flights normally
last 45 - 60 minutes but can be shortened or lengthened by conditions. Plan on a total of 2.5 - 3 hours for the total excursion.
When Is The Best Time To Fly?
The weather is the most dependable June through August . Most people want to wait until the leaves change
in October but are often disappointed. October is a windy and rainy month. 80% of our flights are normally weathered out. To discourage
waiting until October, we have instituted a $10 surcharge per person.
*We end each flight with a champagne celebration, a tradition that began in the 1700’s. (Non alcoholic available by request) Certificates
commemorating your balloon ascension are then issued. Tee shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, caps and our professional DVD are available for sale.