festival area. Please make a note of the name of the pilot you are flying with in order to make meeting up at the pilot tent quick and easy. How many people can ride in a balloon at once? Balloons can carry as few as one person (just the pilot) or as many as 12 passengers. Balloon capacity depends on the size of the envelope and on weather conditions; specifically, the outside air temperature. Typically, the balloons that participate in our festival can hold between 2 and 4 passengers. How do I get back to the festival? Each balloon has a ground crew that follows the path of the balloon on the ground in the chase vehicle and is in contact with the balloon via radio. The ground crew will meet the balloon at the landing spot and help to pack up the balloon. You will get a ride back to the festival grounds in the chase vehicle. What should I wear? Often times people think that it will be a lot colder up in the balloon. What they don’t realize is that there will be a large burner above their heads that shoots a 8- foot flame up into the balloon to keep it aloft. The burner will help keep you warmer. A good rule of thumb is to wear clothes that you would be comfortable standing outside in. It will
pretty much feel the same up in the balloon as on the ground. The best solution would be to dress in layers, so that you may adjust according to your comfort level. Proper footwear is important, particularly when the ground is cold or wet. High heels and open toed shoes are not suitable footwear for ballooning. We recommend tennis shoes or a hiking boot. How long is a balloon ride? Balloon flights can range anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour depending on wind, weather conditions and direction of flight. However, the whole ballooning experience, generally takes between 2 and 3 hours. This includes the set up, flight, pack up, and return trip to the festival. How high do hot air balloons fly? Most pilots navigate low-level flights, roughly between the tree tops and 3,000 feet. Can I bring a photo/video camera? What about a cell phone? Why, of course! We would not want you to miss anything on this trip! We ask that you listen to the pilot’s instructions for stowing your equipment for landing. *Cell phones must be turned off during your flight.
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