About Our Hot Air Balloon Rides
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Phoenix
Before Your Flight
Whether you have a sunrise flight or a sunset flight, and regardless of your launch location, there are some things you need to know about your hot air balloon ride. Here we will try to help you know what to expect on your hot air balloon ride. The entire experience will last about 3 hours, which includes about 45 minutes to an hour of time in the air.
First and Foremost: Safety
We want to keep our perfect safety record intact, and that requires us to focus both on flight safety as well as passenger safety.
What to Wear on Your Hot Air Balloon Ride
Much of the plant life here in the Phoenix area has thorns and the ground is pretty rocky. Because of this, we ask all passengers to wear only close-toed shoes. Aside from that, you should dress for the weather as you walk out your door. It tends to be a little warmer in the air, so you may want to take along a windbreaker or a very light jacket. Also, try to leave all purses and backpacks behind, if possible. Feel free to take your cameras, though we recommend they have neck straps so they can’t be dropped.
Hot Air Balloon Ride Launch Locations
Balloons are controlled by the wind, so our actual launch location will be determined by the pilot at the pre-launch meeting. The pilot will launch a "pi-bal" (pilot balloon) to determine first if it is safe to fly, second from where the best launch point would be. Please remember that the pilot has your safety in mind, and will only fly from a location that ensures your safety. If necessary, all flights are subject to cancellation by the pilot if he feels the wind is unsuitable for safe flight.
Please note: Although other hot air balloon companies may fly when our pilots will not, our procedures has enabled us to keep a perfect safety record for over 36 years.
Getting to the Balloon Launch Point
When the pilot determines the best place to launch from, all passengers will be taken to the chosen location in one of our company vehicles. Our vehicles are all 4 wheel drive, and this prevents you from damaging your vehicle because the roads to some launch points are dirt and gravel. When you arrive at the location, the crew will set up the balloon for launch.