Starting out as private balloonists we were initially ballooning for our own pleasure. This hobby blossomed in 1987 into the established family business we are today. The daunting transition was guided by experienced commercial balloonists Jon Rudoni and Andy Rawson. Nowadays, we have the ability to fly more than six thousand passengers each year with our impressive fleet of ten balloons. As a family business we have a burning passion for ballooning and hope to pass this feeling on to you!
All of our pilots are held to the highest safety standards. Each of them holds an unrestricted commercial pilot’s license, issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, as well as many years of experience flying hot air balloons. Chief Pilot, Jon Rudoni, has over 3500 hours flying balloons alone! Annually, each pilot has to undertake a flight examination and a medical – coupled together, these procedures ensure a continuous high regard for passenger safety. You can definitely trust our extensive experience and respected reputation!
All of our balloons are classified as Public Transport Category aircraft, exactly like any airline you’d go on holiday with. Each balloon is granted a certificate of airworthiness by the Civil Aviation Authority when manufactured. Additionally, every 100 hours of flying or 12 months (whichever occurs first) the balloon must be carefully inspected by a CAA licensed maintenance organisation. Your safety is ultimately our safety too!
Established for over 25 years, Broadland Balloons (a partner of Wickers World Ltd) was one of the UK’s first hot air balloon companies to be granted an Air Operator Certificate. Every year we are audited by the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure we are delivering a continuously high standard to our customers. First issued to us in 1989, our Air Operator Certificate number is BL027.
There is no question that we owe our great success to our team of employees. Their constant enthusiasm and friendliness ensures all our customers have the best experience possible – from booking a date to the flight itself. Our ability to constantly exceed customers’ expectations makes our service impossible to match! So, if you are looking for the best in quality and experience then look no further!
We are delighted to offer a plethora of flight dates to choose from that simply cannot be matched! This becomes crucial for you when trying to book a date to fly. Some of our competitors advertise many more launch sites, but do not let you see their date availability until after you purchase a voucher – maybe they don’t want you to see their limited choices! Here at Broadland Balloons we have nothing to hide!
We only fly from the most idyllic and prestigious launch sites East Anglia has to offer! Your flight is always a special occasion, so you need an incredible setting to match. Our exclusive venues are hand selected to give you a sensational backdrop to each and every take-off, no matter what time of year you fly!
Our flights last around one hour in duration. After touchdown you will be greeted with a bubbling glass of genuine French Champagne to top off your exclusive experience – a ballooning tradition from many years ago. Some say it is a small homage to the French inventors of the balloon, the Montgolfier brothers!.
We have experienced ballooning on a monumental global scale, operating for various clients in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Scandinavia, Russia, Australia, Africa and Chile! From the sub-zero of the Alps to the sub-tropical of Santiago, from Red Square Moscow to the deserts of Africa!