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About Hot Air Balloons

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How long does the flight last?

A flight can take about an hour depending of the weather at the take off time. As a passenger, you should plan up to 3 or 4 hours of your time for the duration of the whole activity (meeting your pilot, preparing the equipment for the inflation, taking-off, flight, landing, storing away the equipment, the traditional ceremony, and going back to the starting point.).

How many persons in a gondola ?

2 to 6 persons including the pilot can fit in the gondola. Depending of the weight of everyone, and the capacity of the Hot air Balloon and the gondola, the number of passengers can change. It can be possible to be only 2 in the gondola, but we cannot guarantee it. If you want to maximize your chances of a smaller gondola crew, we recommend you to arrive at the opening time of the passenger zone at 5 am or at 4 pm according to the hour of your flight.

What do you mean by unfavorable conditions?

Winds too weak or too strong (more than 12 km/h), rain and thunderstorms in an area of 50 km are unfavorable conditions. On the other hand, it can happen that the conditions are unfavorable at 6 pm and that the takeoff is given 20 minutes later. Please note that if the takeoff is postponed, it can affect the flight duration. In all these cases, the pilots have to wait the « balloonmeisters » approval before the takeoff.

Why are the flights early in the morning or at the end of the day? (except in winter)

You can fly in summer and winter but, the only difference is that, during winter, we can fly at any hour of the day, whereas during summer, the flights are early in the morning or at the beginning of the evening.

A hot air balloon can fly due to the fact that warm air is lighter than cold air. On summer days, when the sun warms the ground, there is a phenomenon which, according to the thermal capacity of elements, creates more or less warm zones and whirlwinds which represent a risk for balloons. While early in the morning and at the end of the day, the ground is cold enough and the thermal phenomenon are practically absent. This allows us to fly safely.

How high can you fly?

A Hot Air Balloon can fly up to 7,500 feet. During a flight, it is possible to fly only at a few meters. It allows the pilote to trim the top branches of trees and skim over the river. It is as well possible to fly at 1 000 feet in the air and have a better view of the landscapes. Everything depends on the pilot, the passengers and the weather conditions.

Is it possible to guide a hot air balloon?

A pilot knows that according to his altitude, he can find winds of various directions. In a certain way, he can control his balloon.

Do we suffer from vertigo in a hot air balloon?

No! Since the balloon is not attached to the ground like a bridge or a tower, the vertigo phenomenon doesn’t exist! During the flight, the gondola is very stable and hardly moves.

Is it cold the higher you fly?

We lose about 2 Celsius degrees for each 1000 feet of altitude. Therefore, if it’s 20 Celsius degrees on the ground, it will be 18 Celsius degrees at 1000 feet high, and so forth. Furthermore, since the hot air balloon is moving at the same speed as the wind, you will hardly ever feel the wind in your face during the flight.