How long is the flight?
Plan on being with us for up to 4 hours from start to finish. The flight portion lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the wind speed and direction.
Does the basket sway and move around when flying?
The basket does not sway since it moves with the wind. There is no sensation of motion in a balloon and no passenger has ever suffered motion sickness. It is completely tranquil and stable. As hard as it is to believe, there is also no sensation of height in a balloon. Even the faintest of heart and those fearful of heights find the basket very secure and relaxing moments after takeoff. We have flown passengers who, before the flight, were absolutely certain that a balloon was the device specifically designed to torture them. They have been dragged, cajoled, brow beaten, and shamed into flying by moms, dads, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, friends and significant others. To date, we have never had anyone take us up on the offer to land early nor have we had anyone say they wouldn’t do it again! It takes five minutes for you to realize that your fears were unfounded and that this experience is just plain fun.
When do you fly?
We fly from mid-May until the end of November. Flights typically take place at sunrise and approximately 2 hours prior to sunset. Hot air balloons are not able to fly during the middle of the day due to thermal activity, which makes the air unstable.
How many people go into the basket?
Our basket can carry 4 or 5 passengers, plus the pilot, based on total passenger weight.
Where do you launch from and land the balloon?
Since we fly with the prevailing winds, our flight patterns and landing sites vary due to the changing wind directions. All of our flights take place in the Kings County region of the Annapolis Valley.
What type of weather conditions are needed to fly in a hot air balloon?
Hot air balloon flights take place in light winds (less than 8 knots/15km per hour) with no rain or approaching storms in the immediate area.
How high/far do you go?
Our altitude will vary during your flight, but most flights take place between 500 and 2,000 feet. The balloon may go higher if the day’s winds allow your pilot to do so. Winds permitting, some flights will also occur at lower altitudes so you can enjoy an “aerial nature walk”. Because your balloon flight relies 100% on the wind, no two flights are the same, but most flights travel between approximately 3 and 20 kilometers.
Are there any restrictions on who can fly in the hot air balloon?
We cannot accept passengers under 48" (120 cm) tall, women who are or may be pregnant, or those with heart, back, neck or knee problems. If you have any questions about these restrictions please call us to discuss further.
How big is the hot air balloon?
Our balloon is 120,000 cubic ft. When fully inflated, the balloon stands almost 7 stories tall!
How do you steer a balloon?
There are no mechanical means of steering a hot air balloon. The only way to obtain steerage is for the pilot to find different wind directions at various flight altitudes.
How do I book a hot air balloon flight?
Please call us at 902.306.0095 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss flight options.
How do I confirm my flight is on and where do I meet you?
For sunrise flights we will contact you between 9:00pm and 9:30pm the evening before your flight. For sunset flights we will contact you between 3:00pm and 3:30pm the afternoon of your flight. At this time we will update you on the weather and your flight status as well as confirm our meeting location. We typically meet all of our passengers at the Irving Big Stop in New Minas which is found at Exit 12 off of Highway 101.
Do I need to sign a waiver?
Yes. Click here to see a copy of our standard waiver. We will have copies of this with us for you to sign the day of your flight.
What should I wear?
Wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes appropriate for an outdoor adventure. Dress for the season and layer your clothing so that you can adjust for the warming temperatures as the morning progresses or cooling temperatures as the evening sun sets. The coolest you will be is on the ground. Once in flight, the burners tend to keep the basket nice and warm. Appropriate attire includes long pants, sturdy shoes that will provide good support walking on uneven ground, a ball cap, sunscreen and sunglasses. No open-toed shoes or sandals please. Also recommended for morning flights are waterproof shoes/boots of some description as the fields we land in are often wet with dew.
What should we bring?
Due to limited space in the basket, large camera bags, purses, backpacks, and coolers are best left in our chase vehicle, however, you are free to bring cameras or binoculars.
What happens if our flight is cancelled?
Hot air ballooning is safe and fun but is very weather sensitive. The decision to fly or cancel a flight rests solely with the pilot. In the event your flight is canceled, we will work with you to reschedule for another date.
What about special requests?
Since we are committed to offering personalized hot air balloon adventures, we are available to assist you with special requests to make your adventures with us even more special. Please call us to discuss how we can make your special day exactly what you are looking for.
Do you have gift certificates?
Gift certificates are available and are ideal for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, weddings, and any other special occasion. It is truly a gift that the recipient will never forget.
What is the refund and cancellation policy?
All flight bookings and gift certificates are non-refundable. Once you have scheduled a flight, we require a minimum of 3 business days notice for any changes. If you do not cancel with the proper notice period, or do not show up for your scheduled flight, your flight/certificate will be forfeited. All flights/certificates are fully transferable.