Weekday Anytime Hot Air Balloon Flight in South Central England
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Take a hot air balloon flight at sunrise or sunset over South Central England – a dream come true for aviation fanatics. Start on solid ground and meet the pilot at the launch site. Get a safety briefing and help to prepare and inflate the magnificent balloon. Board the basket and with the hot air blasting above, float into the sky. Reaching heights of up to 3,000 feet, the views of the surrounding landscape are truly breathtaking. The air is still at such heights as the balloon moves along with the breeze so there is no wind resistance. Come back down to earth and help top pack away the balloon, before enjoying a well earned glass of champagne or soft drink. Get a lift back to the launch site and take home a certificate to remember the day by.
Weekdays from March/April to October/November at most venues. Flights take place at dawn or dusk, when the air is most stable. Dates fill very quickly, so book at least four weeks in advance.
Ballooning is extremely weather dependent – it is crucial to call the venue before the flight. If postponed, an alternative date and location can be arranged (please contact the operator for information).
Actual flight length is determined by conditions on the day. The experience normally lasts around three hours, including one hour for inflating the balloon and one hour for packing the balloon away and returning to the launch site.
Share the balloon with between 8 -16 other flyers, plus a qualified pilot.
Spectators are welcome to watch the launch and wave you off. A pair of binoculars or a camera will come in handy.
Wear trousers, long sleeves and sensible footwear (no high heels please). Please avoid loose scarves or jewellery. Bring a hat – the heat from the burner overhead can be intense. Launch and landing sites can be muddy.
Maximum weight 18 stone. Minimum height 4’6”. Minimum age is 8. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Ballooning isn’t suitable for pregnant women. Any medical conditions must be declared in advance.