What should I wear while on the balloon?
The temperature in the balloon will be very similar to the temperature on the ground. We do NOT typically go to altitudes where the temperatures are a “really cold” as people often mistakenly presume. Boots (hiking, work, or muck variety) or sneakers are required. A hat of some type is recommended to provide a layer of protection between your head and the radiant heat emitted from the burners (a visor won’t help in this case). We recommend wearing long pants and sneakers or boots, this is for your protection.
How safe is ballooning?
All of our pilots are licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). They have had extensive training and rank safety as the highest priority. Their choice to fly or not to fly is based mostly on the weather but also includes other factors. If they do not feel it is safe to fly then the flight will be cancelled. All of our balloons are inspected by FAA maintenance facilities at scheduled intervals. In addition, balloons will be inspected by the pilot before every flight.
How high will we go?
This will depend a lot on the weather and other factors but most balloon rides will go from just above the treetops to a few thousand feet in the air.
Can you steer the balloon?
No. There is no steering wheel or engine that a hot air balloon uses to maneuver. The pilot can only go up or down to obtain different wind directions. No two flights are alike as you are at the mercy of the wind.
What weather conditions do we need?
Generally winds of 10 m.p.h. or less with no precipitation and no thunder storm activity. The Captain has a saying that “it is better to be on the ground, wishing you were in the air, than to be in the air, wishing you were on the ground!”. We have a perfect safety record since starting and intend to keep it that way!
How do we get back to our cars?
The pilot is radio contact with our “chase vehicle”. Our crew will meet us at our landing site. After packing up the balloon and our customary champagne toast, we will drive you back to our launch site. Your friends and family are also welcome to join in the balloon “chase”.
When do you fly and for how long?
Balloons can only fly at sunrise when the winds are light. Flights normally last 45 – 60 minutes but can be shortened or lengthened by conditions. Plan on a total of 3.5 – 4 hours for the total excursion.
Is my fear of heights a problem?
Ballooning is much different than standing on a ladder or high building. The basket sides are high enough to give a feeling of security. Everyone who has expressed a fear of heights before the flight says they became so distracted by the sheer beauty and thrill of flying that the fear went away.
Can I bring a camera?
Absolutely. Try to have a wrist or neck strap available. Ballooning is the ultimate photographic opportunity.
Where do we fly from?
We have several launch sites in the Las Vegas area . We will let you know the meeting location when you check in the night before.
How do I book a Hot Air Balloon Flight?
It’s simple… just give us a call at 702-468-2426 and we’ll give you all the information you need to book a flight.
What’s included with the flight?
All flights are 45 minutes to an hour. At the end of the flight, all passengers receive a personalized Photo souvenir flight certificate. Also each flight concludes with sparkling toast.
What time are flights scheduled?
Flights are scheduled at sunrise because that is when it is the coolest and the winds are the calmest. We offer afternoon flights during cooler months : November 1st thru February 28th.
What time do we meet?
Morning flights meet a half an hour before sunrise. Afternoon flights meet approximately 1:30 pm.
How long will the flight last?
Flights are 45 minutes to an hour. Your total experience will take approximately three to four hours.
What does it feel like?
Flying in a balloon is like nothing else you will ever experience! You will become part of the wind gliding. A flight in a balloon is a very smooth, peaceful, enjoyable experience.
Where will we land?
We land where the wind takes us. Your pilot controls the balloon by going to different altitudes to catch different winds, but ultimately Mother Nature decides where we will land.
What altitude will we reach?
We will fly anywhere from tree-top level to several thousand feet.
What kind of fuel is used?
Propane is the fuel used for flying hot-air balloons. Therefore, due to the flammable nature of propane, smoking is never allowed during your ballooning experience.
What is the balloon made of?
Hot-air balloons are made of a polyester or nylon material.
What do I need to bring?
Bring your cameras, comfortable clothing, and a great attitude and we will have a lot of fun!