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We recommend clothes suitable for a walk in the country depending on the time of year and on the specific day you are flying. Generally warm, comfortable layers are a good idea, plus hat as burners can feel warm. Depending on conditions, sensible shoes or trainers are essential.
Usually passengers are happy to help with the inflation and deflation of the balloon which most people really enjoy. This is much appreciated because it helps to make the process much quicker for everyone. So we also recommend you wear clothes which you don't mind getting a little dirty. No designer wear, flip-flops or high heels please as we are unable to accept responsibility for any damage to clothing and anyone who is dressed inappropriately may not be allowed to fly.
A hot air balloon ride with us lasts for around an hour, depending on prevailing weather conditions and suitability of landing sites, but you should allow at least three hours for the entire experience.
We have over 6 balloon launch sites. Depending on the wind conditions, the launch site will be decided by the pilot.
Hot air balloons can’t be steered so they travel on the wind and you never know where exactly you’re going to land. The pilot will start looking for a suitable landing site after around 45 minutes. The retrieval crew will track the balloon on the ground and aim to arrive shortly after landing.
Flying in a balloon is a very serene experience while in the air, but it is an adventure activity in the great outdoors and sometimes on landing the basket can tip and/or drag along before coming to rest. This is how balloons have been landing for over 200 years and is perfectly normal. The balloon and basket are designed for your comfort and safety throughout the flight. During landing you will be in the safe, seated landing position within the basket as instructed by your pilot. The landing is an exciting part of the experience and in many cases people say it is their favorite part of the flight.
Spectators are welcome but please let them know that there may not be toilets or other facilities at the launch site. We would not recommend that spectators try to follow the balloon by road for safety reasons. Passengers will be transported back to the Pickup Point after the flight, around 3 hours after the initial meeting time.
Hot air ballooning is an extremely safe activity which is highly regulated with strict safety guidelines. We are licensed by the FAA and all of our hot air ballooning pilots hold full commercial pilot’s license. We also use the latest equipment and have the most modern fleet of balloons.
Sky Waltz is insured for public and employers liability, so if you fly with us you don’t need to worry about insurance.
Children must be over and at least 48 inches tall. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We know that our passengers come in all shapes and sizes, but due to weight and space restrictions of hot air balloons and baskets.
Our hot air balloons are big and, once inflated, tower at over 70-90 ft tall.
WEATHER AND CANCELLATIONS
You can reschedule the flight up by emailing at email@example.com at least 7 days prior to the flight date. After these times you will need to attend the flight.
The weather is our friend because it is what makes every flight unique but, unfortunately, we cannot control it (no matter how hard we try). This means sometimes pilots will cancel/postpone flights because the weather conditions are not safe to fly in. Our pilots are all highly experienced and they decide whether it is flyable. We are not allowed to question a pilot’s judgment as this could be seen as pressuring them to fly which could compromise safety. Our pilots put your safety first at all times. When cancelling/postponing a flight, either on the flight line beforehand or occasionally on site, the pilot will usually try to offer some explanation as to why. Our pilots make their decision to fly based on the most relevant and up to date forecast available just before they set their flight line message. Sometimes the actual conditions may be different to what was forecasted. There are also different forecasts and they can be interpreted in different ways. So, like all weather people, we do occasionally make mistakes but unfortunately we can only go by what the forecaster says and some forecasters are better than others. We can tell you some of the general reasons why a pilot may cancel a flight:
The weather looked nice and sunny so why was it cancelled?
- The wind at ground or gradient level or the gust speed might have been too strong and outside operational limits.
- Rain may have been forecasted in the area. We cannot fly in rain because it means there will be poor visibility and it also makes the balloon heavier to fly. Getting a balloon envelope wet can lead to damage.
- Thunderstorms or CB (Cumulonimbus) clouds may have been forecasted. These are dangerous and we would not fly in their vicinity.
- If yours was a morning flight, the visibility early in the morning during our flight period could have been poorer than later in the day.
- There may have been a wind direction which would have taken the balloon towards something unsuitable, like a large town or restricted airspace.
Once you have a voucher and book onto a specific flight, you will receive a booking confirmation. This will include your dedicated flight line phone number which the pilot will update to let you know if the flight is going ahead, if it is being moved to a back-up site and any other important information. If it is a morning flight you will call the night before and if it is an evening flight you will call in the afternoon on the day.
If you have a morning flight please call: between 7-9pm the day before.
If you have an evening flight please call: 12pm-2pm the day of your flight.
In the unlikely event that the flight line is not updated within 30 minutes after these times, you can call the pilot on the emergency number which will also be provide on your booking confirmation.
Everyone who flies with Air-Ventures receives the same fantastic 3 to 4 hour experience. Our flight vouchers vary in terms of flexibility i.e. when you want to be able to fly, morning or evening, weekday or weekend and exclusive merchandise or additional gift products.
No, Photograph & videos packages can be purchased at an additional cost. You can use your mobiles and cameras to click as many pictures and videos as your want to.