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 banner area available for sponsorship. It can hold up to four passengers.
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!
This is an iPhone video of Bob gliding into a landing area, looking for a nice spot to finish the flight.
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.
Hot air ballooning is a very safe sport. There are hundreds of safe flights in America every week, but you only hear about the accidents on the news.
Our pilot Bob has nearly 3500 hours of flight time, and has never had an accident while flying. If you have any questions about what ballooning is like or any safety concerns you'd like to discuss, please reach out!