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what to expect

Balloon flight is man’s first form of flight - yes that's right, even before Orville and Wilbur there were those two Frenchmen who first took to the air (see more under history").  Flying in a hot air balloon is a sensation like no other. Your total hot air balloon excursion will last approximately four hours and consist of the following:

  • You will meet your pilot and crew pre-dawn, approximately 1 hour prior to sunrise, or late afternoon, approximately 2 - 3 hours prior to sunset (depending on weather conditions)

  • Pre-flight preparation and basics will begin immediately with both pilot and crew contributing to the experience (weather conditions, aircraft check, etc.)

  • Your actual flight time will vary, depending on weather conditions but will generally last 45 minutes to one hour and 20 minutes

  • Upon landing, the balloon and equipment will be pack-up for transportation

  • Champagne ceremony/toast, balloonist’s prayer and collectors pin

Because weather conditions are most favorable in early-morning (just after dawn) or in late-afternoon (just prior to sunset), we can experience significant temperature differentials. Therefore, it is very important to dress for the occasion while also being as comfortable as possible.  Your next question might be, "what does one wear when ballooning"?  Ballooning is a very casual activity and most enjoyable when you "layer-up" by wearing/having several layers you will have the ability to shed layers as the sun begins to rise and temperatures begin to increase.  The opposite is also true, bring extra layers if flying in the late afternoon to enable you to add a sweatshirt or jacket as the sun begins to set and temperatures begin to decrease.  Wear comfortable shoes; tennis shoes, hiking boots and the like.  DO NOT WEAR OPEN TOED SHOES, SANDALS or HEELS as it is quite likely we will land in an area which may be off the beaten path.If you adhere to these simple recommendations you will have a very safe, comfortable flight experience!

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