I am scheduled to fly with you, what do I need to know?
Please plan on arriving by 5:30 am for a 6:00 am launch. This gives both the pilot and crew chief a chance to explain what is going on, to answer any questions and gives you the chance to see the operations of our balloon.
What do I need to wear?
Jeans and a sweatshirt or t-shirt are just fine. Also, a good pair of boots are as the fields can be uneven. Please remember that while in flight, it can be a little colder than on the ground so be prepared for that. Also, dress in layers as it will warm up as the sun rises. DO NOT WEAR NYLON CLOTHING. Nylon will melt when it gets hot and will melt to your skin.
What should I bring?
All riders should dress in layers. Also bring an extra pair of shoes as the ground can be wet in the mornings. A camera with extra film if you shoot with film or extra media cards if you shoot digital. There are no stores in the air so you do not want to run out of pictures. Also, extra batteries might be good. If you are flying in a rally there can be about 35-40 other balloons in the air and you will be amazed how quickly you can fill up your memory cards.
If you are flying a private flight, there is a good chance that there will be 3-5 other balloons in the air. You will also want to take pictures of the scenery that you don't normally get to see.
Also, if you have them, a good pair of gloves. We have some if you don't have any or forget. Gloves protect your hands while handling the ropes of the balloon.
What should I expect?
Expect to have fun. Flying in a balloon is a great experience so come expecting to be a part of the whole operation. Most flights are anywhere between 40-60 minutes depending on weather conditions, locations of landing spots, and other factors. After pack up, we will bring you back to the launch field and have a small brunch. During this time, there will also be a story told of the history of ballooning.
Will I need to sign anything?
Before flight, both the event and our operations, require that all passengers sign a hold harmless agreement. Ballooning is one of the most safe forms of transportation, but we do live in a sue happy world so this protects everybody.
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PRINT AND SIGN THE PASSENGER RELEASE BEFORE ARRIVING ON THE LAUNCH FIELD. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM IN PDF FORMAT.
What if it is raining?
If it is raining, the pilot will contact you as to the plans for the date. Make sure that he has a good contact phone number for you so he can call you with a change of plans. Please note that rain or wind happens and this applies to the deposit refund if you choose not to fly with us on a different date.
How do I find you on the field?
We drive a white surburban with a white trailer. The trailer does have a picture of the balloon on the side and those pictures are located throughout this website.
Can other people come and watch me take off in the balloon?
Other people can show up and watch you take off in the balloon. If they are going to follow you on the ground, they will need to drive another vehicle as we only have a limited amount of space for pilot, crew, and passengers. Please contact before the flight if you have any questions.
I still have questions about the ride, who can I contact?
You can contact us for more information. We are happy to answer any and all questions you may have regarding your flight. You can also check other sections of our website and chances are there will be information there.