Which balloon will we fly?
We have several different balloons in our operation.
The largest balloon, holding up to six (???) passengers in the basket. Perfect for group flights.
A sport sized balloon, holding up to three passengers in the basket. Great for private flights.
Our newest balloon, with a totally black envelope! It can hold two (???) passengers besides the pilot.
What's hot air ballooning like?
One of the most noticeable differences between a balloon and a plane or helicopter is that there is no sensation of movement, because it is so slow and gentle. In normal conditions, even the landing is very soft.
There is nothing like seeing the world from 500 to 2000 feet up (our normal flight levels).
Since we fly relatively close to the ground, you can hear dogs barking, and cars honking at you. Often, after taking off or coming in for a landing, you're able to talk to people on the ground!
Passengers often say that going on a hot air balloon ride is one of the coolest things they've ever done, and something they'll never forget.
Bob Grimes is the head pilot, with 38 years of experience flying balloons.
Marty is the head crew chief, following you on the ground during the flight.
Stuart is an occasional crew guy, and a licensed pilot himself.