How long are the flights?
On average, passenger flights are approximately one hour in length. Some flights can vary from 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours depending on the amount of fuel on board, the passengers’ combined weight, the temperature of the air and when the pilot finds a suitable landing area.

What time of day do the flights take place?
Winter flights take place at sunrise in the southwest. During summer and fall flights in Wisconsin, we fly predominantly before sunset.  Early morning flights are available on weekends as well. Hot Air Balloons are not able to fly during the middle of the day due to thermal activity, which makes the air unstable.

What type of weather conditions are needed to fly in a hot air balloon?
Hot Air Balloon passenger flights take place in winds less than 8 knots, with no rain or approaching storms in the immediate area. Flights also require visibility of at least 3 miles.

What type of clothing should we wear?
Special clothing is not required for hot air ballooning. We always suggest practical wear, such as long pants, a light jacket, a hat and no sandals or high heels. We do not fly high enough for a change in temperature so plan to dress for the temperature of the day.

Can I bring my camera and binoculars?
Yes, we encourage it. Some of the greatest pictures of the surrounding area can be taken from 500 feet in the air. Don’t forget to bring batteries for your camera and a wrist strap, etc.

Is it cold up there?
No, it is the same temperature on the ground as it is in the air. The temperature only begins to drop when you begin to fly much higher than we do.

How big is the hot air balloon?
The average hot air balloon size is 77,000-90,000 cubic ft. That is approximately 80 feet high and 60 feet in diameter. An average of 3 passengers and the pilot can fly in a balloon of this size.

What makes the hot air balloon rise?
Hot Air!  High-powered propane burners ignite and heat liquid propane that is aimed into the balloon to make it rise. Our burners create about 21million BTU’s of heat. It takes approximately 70,000 BTU’s to heat a home.   In comparison, an average home barbecue generates 30,000 BTU’s. Each flight uses approximately 25 gallons of propane.

How fast do you fly?
The balloon travels the same speed as the wind. An average flight is approximately 6-8 miles in length.

How do you steer the balloon?
Hot Air Balloons can not be steered like a plane or helicopter. Balloons travel only in the direction of the wind. There may be different wind directions at different altitudes that the pilot may use to maneuver the balloon. Upon landing, our ‘Flight Crew’ that has been following the balloon since lift off retrieves the balloon and passengers and returns them to the launch location.

Can anyone fly the balloon?
To fly a hot air balloon you must be a licensed balloon pilot. Much like a fixed wing pilot, balloon pilots go through extensive training including ground school, written exams, oral exams, and hands-on flying. A balloon pilot must have a minimum of 50 hours experience to fly passengers.

What is the balloon made of?
Balloons are made from ripstop nylon much like a water ski jacket. Yet unlike a jacket, the balloon is coated in a special chemical to help it resist heat and last longer. Balloons have an average life expectancy of 300-400 hours of use. Manufacturers have many different colours of fabric to choose from to create the many different patterns seen flying through the sky.

How much does a hot air balloon cost?
An average hot air balloon, including the basket will cost approximately $40,000.00.

Who makes hot air balloons?
Hot air balloons are made by a small group of select manufacturers around the world. The largest manufacturers of which can be found in England, The United States and Canada.

How high do you fly?
Though the altitude record for hot air ballooning is 90,000 feet, the height of passenger flights range anywhere from treetops up to 4,000 feet.