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FAQ about Hot Air Ballooning

faq-upperMay I bring a camera?
You are welcome to bring a camera along, but do so at your own risk. Cameras must be stowed for landings.

How many people can ride in the balloon?
Our hot air balloons can carry up to four average weight passengers at once, plus the pilot.

How long is the flight?
The actual balloon flight lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour. We will email you complimentary digital photos of your flight taken from the ground as well as the air. A complimentary bottle of champagne is also presented to your group.

What time should I arrive?
We ask you to meet us at The Balloon Loft one half hour prior to our scheduled departure time.

What sort of person enjoys ballooning?
Ballooning is a great “equalizer.” We have witnessed happy faces from 4 to 94. Teenagers, business persons, retired persons and everyone in between! The real common denominator seems that everyone appears to really enjoy life and have a curiosity for new experiences.

Are gratuities for the chase crew appropriate?
Gratuities for our hard working chase crew are always appreciated but certainly not expected—it is completely up to you.

What special occasions have you witnessed?
Over the years our balloon flights have celebrated birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, retirement and over 100 marriage proposals!!

If I am afraid of heights could I enjoy a balloon flight?
Absolutely! In fact most of our passengers have some fear of heights. Strangely enough there is no feeling like that of being on the edge of a tall building or the feeling you get on a Ferris wheel. Ballooning is calm, almost serene. If you can handle an airline flight, I’m certain you will really love ballooning.

What should I wear?
We recommend that you dress as if you were going for a hike. The temperature during the flight is basically the same as it is on the ground. Most of the flight will be below 1,000 ft., and the temperature is only 3 degrees cooler even at that altitude.

Please do not wear sandals or open toed shoes. Athletic shoes and socks are perfect.

The propane burner system which creates the heat for our “hot air” balloon is located above your head. If you are tall or, like me, are “follically impared,” wearing a baseball cap will make you much happier!