Houston Hot Air Balloons: Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

QWhat types of trips do you offer?

A Whatever hot air balloon adventure you desire, we have the perfect one for you. Our thrilling rides range from light hearted balloon rides to romantic getaways and festivals. We want you to explore your ballooning options, whether you are a new or an experienced balloon adventurer!


QTell me about your hot air balloon pilots in Houston...

A Our hot air balloon pilots are experts in hot air ballooning and have all required Texas certifications and licenses. They are friendly and accommodating and their knowledge of the field is unmatched. Our pilots are also aerial experts when it comes to Houston area scenery and topography so you can expect to get the most our of your balloon ride or charter.


QHow high does a hot air balloon fly?

A Hot air balloons are able to fly to extremely high altitudes. On November 26, 2005, Vijaypat Singhania set the world altitude record for highest hot air balloon flight, reaching 68,986 feet! However, our Houston Hot Air Balloon Rides stay between 1,000 and 3,000 feet to give the best views of Houston with the highest level of safety.


QHow long will it take to inflate the hot air balloon?

A It usually takes around 30 minutes to inflate the hot air balloon. You can help with the inflation itself, or you can stand back to watch and take a few great photos. We think you will be surprised by how the balloon inflates and the power of the burners. The inflation period is one of the best parts of your flight!


QHow long will the ride last?

A The flight lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on wind speed and direction. However, all participants should plan on being with your hot air balloon pilot for 3-4 hours from start to finish.


QHow many people fit into the basket?

A It all depends on the size of the balloon and gondola. This varies from pilot to pilot but we make sure to find a balloon that will fit your party's needs. The largest balloons can take 16 people plus the pilot. There are also 12 person, 10 person, 8 person and 4 person balloons. Our pilot will bring out the best size to comfortably fit the number of people who book a flight on a given day.


QWhy are flights so early in the morning?

A Hot air balloons need stable weather conditions, and the most favorable are a the few hours around dawn and also the times near or after dusk. Our pilots like to fly before the sun can heat up the ground and generate wind. Winter months provide pleasant conditions for hot air ballooning and the launch times are a little more flexible. If you were to take a balloon ride in the warm Texas summer, the balloon is usually back on the ground before the weather can turn hot.


QCan hot air balloons fly at night?

A Yes, they can! However balloonists seldom fly after full dark because of decreased visibility and the requirement for instruments and lights. Most balloons are certified for day flying only but sunset flights are very popular in many areas.


QWhat is a hot air balloon basket made of?

A A hot air balloon's basket, or gondola, is made of securely woven wicker. The wicker construction makes the gondola lightweight, flexible and easy to repair not to mention a certain visual appeal.


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