FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I wear while on the balloon?

    The temperature in the balloon will be very similar to the temperature on the ground. We do NOT typically go to altitudes where the temperatures are a “really cold” as people often mistakenly presume. Boots (hiking, work, or muck variety) or sneakers are required. A hat of some type is recommended to provide a layer of protection between your head and the radiant heat emitted from the burners (a visor won’t help in this case). Tank tops or sleeveless shirts are NOT recommended as these do not offer any protection for the parts of your body most likely to feel the heat from the burner. The simplest way to dress is in layers of cotton. You can always remove a layer but it is tough to add one if you don’t have it with you. Pants are required to be worn by every passenger. NO dresses, skirts, shorts or are allowed. Unfortunately wedding gowns are also not allowed however, we will allow you to take pictures in your gown on the ground, but you will have to change before we take off.  The following footwear is NOT permitted: flip-flops, high heels, clogs, Crocs, sandals of ANY kind (this includes sport sandals that you might think are sturdy and suitable – please leave them at home).

  • How safe is ballooning ?

    All of our pilots are licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). They have had extensive training and rank safety as the highest priority. Their choice to fly or not to fly is based mostly on the weather but also includes other factors. If they do not feel it is safe to fly then the flight will be cancelled. All of our balloons are inspected by FAA maintenance facilities are scheduled intervals. In addition, balloons will be inspected by the pilot before every flight.

  • How high will we go ?

    This will depend a lot on the weather and other factors but most balloon rides will go from just above the tree tops to a few thousand feet in the air.

  • Can you steer the balloon?

    No. There is no steering device. The pilot can only go up or down to obtain different wind directions. No two flights are alike as you are at the mercy of the wind

  • What weather conditions do we need?

    Generally winds of 10 m.p.h. or less with no precipitation and no thunder storm activity. The Captain has a saying that “it is better to be on the ground, wishing you were in the air, than to be in the air, wishing you were on the ground!”. We have a perfect safety record since starting and intend to keep it that way!

  • How do we get back to our cars?

    The pilot is radio contact with our “chase vehicle”. Our crew will meet us at our landing site. After packing up the balloon and our customary champagne toast, we will drive you back to our launch site. Your friends and family are also welcome to join in the balloon “chase”.

  • When do you fly and for how long?

    Balloons can only fly at sunrise when the winds are light. Flights normally last 45 – 60 minutes but can be shortened or lengthened by conditions. Plan on a total of 2.5 – 3 hours for the total excursion.

  • Is my fear of heights a problem?

    Ballooning is much different than standing on a ladder or high building. The basket sides are high enough to give a feeling of security. Everyone who has expressed a fear of heights before the flight says they became so distracted by the sheer beauty and thrill of flying that they never had any fear.

  • Can I bring a camera?

    Absolutely. Try to have a wrist or neck strap available. Ballooning is the ultimate photographic opportunity.

  • Where do we fly from?

    We have several launch sites in the Boise area . We will let you know when you check in the night before.

  • What's included with the flight?

    All flights are 45 minutes to an hour. At the end of the flight, all passengers receive a First Time Flyers certificate. Also each flight concludes with sparkling cider or champagne toast.

  • What does it feel like?

    Flying in a balloon is like nothing else you will ever experience! You will become part of the wind gliding along above the treetops. A ride in a balloon is a very smooth, peaceful, enjoyable experience.

  • Where will we land?

    We land where the wind takes us. Your pilot controls the balloon by going to different altitudes to catch different winds, but ultimately Mother Nature decides where we will land.

  • What kind of fuel is used?

    Propane is the fuel used for flying hot-air balloons. Therefore, due to the flammable nature of propane, smoking is never allowed during your ballooning experience.

  • What do I need to bring?

    Bring your cameras, comfortable clothing, and a great attitude and we will have a lot of fun!