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When do you fly the Hot Air Balloon?

Every morning, meeting 1 hour before dawn, weather permitting (7 days, 365 days per year).

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How long is the Hot Air Balloon flight?

The flight lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the wind speed and direction on the morning. But plan on being with us for about 3-4 hours from start to finish.

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How high do you go?

Most Hot Air Balloon flights take place between 1,000 and 3,000 feet.

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How far do you travel?

If the wind is blowing at 10 kms an hour, then the balloon will travel 10 kms in a flight of an hour.

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How long does it take to inflate a Hot Air Balloon?

It usually takes around 30 minutes to inflate the balloon after arrival at the chosen launch site. You can get involved with the inflation or stand back and take photos.

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Why does it have to fly so early in the morning?

Hot Air Balloons need very stable weather conditions and this occurs most predictably in the few hours just after dawn. We wish to fly before the sun can heat up the ground and the wind and 'up lift' starts. Winter months provide pleasant conditions for Hot Air Ballooning. A balloon flying early morning during the summer months is usually back down on the ground by 7:30 a.m.

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How many people go into the basket?

It depends on the size of the balloon. Most of our areas have several sizes of balloons, the largest capable of taking 16 persons plus the pilot. We are usually flying our larger balloons on the weekends. But we have 12 person, 10 person, 8 person and 4 person balloons as well. We bring out the best size to comfortably lift the number of people who book on a given day.

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Does it get cold up there?

No, it is no colder in the balloon than on the ground. In fact, the coolest part of the morning is when we meet. It gets warmer from that point on, and quite cosy when flying in the balloon. We therefore recommend that you wear clothing in layers so you can take off a jacket or sweatshirt whilst in the balloon and not become overheated.

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