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Ballooning in general
At Balloon Adventures you can choose either a private or a standard (public) flight.
Standard flights are open for anyone with a valid ticket who books a space in the basket in advance. You will fly with other passengers on board and it is the pilot who decides where the flight will take place according to the best weather forecast.
Private flights are scheduled for you only. It will be just you, your partner, family or friends on board of the balloon with you. And, of course, our pilot. Choose from a number of private flight options in the "Flights" section.
Flying area – Where do we fly? Where will we take off and where will we land?
Landing spots always depend on the pilot´s decision during the flight. Our ground vehicles always follow the balloon to pick up the passengers and transport them back to Prague after the flight.
Fligth conditions – Is ballooning weather dependant?
Dress code – What should I wear for ballooning? Does it get cold in the balloon?
Who can fly balloons – Are there any age limitations? What if I am pregnant? What health restrictions do apply?
Children need to be at least 7 years of age or older, accompanied by an adult, and at least 120 cm (3,9 ft) tall.
There is no upper age limit - as long as you are reasonably fit and healthy with no significant knee, hip or back problems, with no recent surgeries, broken bones or other existing conditions that may make a balloon landing uncomfortable for you, and you are not currently pregnant, then you should be fit to fly. You will be required to climb into the balloon basket using the foot holds cut into the side of the basket, stand for one hour and, in case of a bumpy landing, absorb a small impact which is similar to jumping off a low chair. You will also need to be able to hold on to the safety handles when the balloon is landing.
At the time of booking, whether online or over the phone, you will be asked to confirm that all members of your party are fit & well with:
- No significant knee problems,
- No significant hip problems,
- No significant back or neck problems,
- No recent surgeries or broken bones,
- Are able to stand for one hour unassisted,
- Do not weigh more than 140kg individually
- Are not currently pregnant. Due to the active nature of balloon landings, ballooning is not suitable for pregnant ladies.
Season – Is there a high or low season for ballooning?
Durance – How long does one flight takes?
Distance – What distance shall we fly?
Height – What will be the max altitude we will reach? What if I am afraid of heights?
Speed – How fast will we fly?
Stearing – How pilot stears balloon?
Basket occupation – How many persons will be in my balloon?
Entering the basket – How should I enter the basket? Does it have a door?
Insurance – Will I be insured?
Safety features – Is ballooning safe at all?
Weight – Does it matter, what is my weight?
Images, photo&video shooting – What is the best entertainment in a balloon? Do I need binoculars?
Pilots and ground crew – Can everyone fly balloon? Who are our crew? Are they all licenced? How could the ground crew find balloon after the landing?
Transportation - How do we get to the ballooning site and than back to the hotel?
Gift vouchers – Do you provide gift vouchers? How to receive it?
Cancellation – What happens if I do not fly?
If your balloon flight is cancelled by us due to unsuitable weather conditions then we will first try to reschedule you flight, however we understand that this is not always possible. Should this occur a full refund will be given.
Balloon system - What are the main parts of balloon? How big it is? Who makes hot air balloons? How much does balloon system cost?
The volume of our balloon for 6 passengers and a pilot is 4.500 m3, ie 150.000 cu ft. It is a huge volume we need to carry us up to the sky, we will have the weight over 1 ton in total. Just for imagination, if you make a wall of a blocks, each of 1 m3, there will be 100 blocks in a row and 45 blocks in vertical - the wall will be 100 m long and 45 meters high, same as a Statue of Libery in NY.
The total height of our balloon will be about 26 m from the floor to the top of deflation system.
Balloons are made in balloon factories certified by national aviation authority. There are just several of them in entire world manufacturing all the system incl baskets and burners. One is in England, one in Spain, one in Czech Republic, one in Germany. There are some smaller working mostly on envelopes only in USA, Russia, China. There are about 11.000 active balloons and 16.000 licenced pilots in the world. Most of tehm work commercially, just some for sport and leisure porposes.
Balloon system cost about 60,000 USD. You need a good car as well, usually for the same price as balloon itself.
Main parts of balloon system - What is the envelope made of? Why basket is woven of cane? Is the burner noisy? Is there a radiation heat down from the burner?
Envelope is made of very special balloon ripstop nylon or poylester very similar fabric to winter ski jacket material. It is coated twice not to be porous. You cannot tear it easily, it last very high temperature, over 100 deg C. Basket is traditional style, woven of rattan cane with wooden floor and soft leather padding on the top. Sometimes baskets have a door for easy access. Burners are of steinless steel tubes, the very sofisticated product, heart of all balloon. It is very very powerful to heat all that volume and keep it for all the time on so high temperature. It cannot be noisy, with too much high consupmtion, with bad looking condensation and with hot radiation down to the heads of crew. And it needs to be very reliable. Although all the systems in the burner are doubled, it needs to work fluently and for ages. It is the same as engines of an aircraft.
Ask any question about manufacturing, our pilots were working in the balloon factory, they will be able to reply all your secret questions 🙂
Balloon operation - How balloon is inflated?
Fuel for the burner - What kind of fuel does the burner use?
Instruments – What kind of instruments does the pilot need?
- Altimeter shows an altitude above either ground or sea level.
- Variometer shows the speed of climbing or descending.
- Thermomether indicates both - the ambient and envelope temperature. Pilots always keep an eye on this display not to overheat the fabric what can effect life of the structure.
- Presure gauges on the fuel you will find on the body of the burner.
- Fuel tanks are equipped with a capacity gauge, showing last 30% of the fuel in it.
- There are also manually operated valves in the envelope, 2 thicker ropes open and close deflation system on the top of the envelope. 2 thicker ropes operates rotation valves, yes, we can turn our balloons to the direction you will need to take your snaps!
- Optionally each pilot has an instrument, usually laptop or iPad to help him with navigation.
- VHF radios to be in connection with the ground crew and with the air traffic control.