The Flight Day!
When arriving at our launch venue, you will be met by one of our crew for check-in. The pilot and crew prepare the balloon for flight, and passengers are welcome to watch or even join in if they wish.
When ready, the inflation begins with cold air fans blowing fresh air into the envelope. After about 10 minutes, the pilot heats the air with the burners, and the balloons rises off the ground into an upright position. This is a surprisingly quick process. When everything is ready, the pilot will invite the passengers to board, and a few minutes later, the balloon rises into the sky! We’re airborne!
Once airborne, the flight duration is about an hour – and is sometimes almost an hour and a half! Allow 3 to 4 hours for the whole experience.
One of the attractions of ballooning is that we float along on the breeze with no means of steering! There’s no plan or route, and we just fly along until we spot a suitable place to come back to earth. We might travel 2 miles, or 22 miles – we just don’t know! Each balloon flight is a unique journey!