Dreams of flight come in different forms, and hot air ballooning is definitely one you shouldn’t miss out on. It is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. The flight lasts approximately an hour, and you should plan to spend about 3-4 hours for the entire adventure. Flights will take place near dawn and dusk since that is when the wind is the calmest.
Balloons are aircraft, regulated under the same Federal Aviation Regulations as every other category. Balloons are aerostats, that is, static within the air. Once a balloon is buoyant, it moves with the air mass in which it floats, no faster, no slower, no different direction. The pilot has altitudinal control, and can alter the balloon’s course by finding an air mass going in a slightly different direction. A balloon has an envelope, basket, and sometimes a burner and fuel system. The envelope is the fabric part of the balloon, the bag that holds the lifting gas. The basket (traditionally wicker) is the passenger compartment. In a hot air balloon, a burner hangs between the envelope and the basket. It burns liquefied propane gas to make an intensely hot and long flame, capable of heating a large volume of air very quickly. This might not be filled with adrenaline for you adventurers, but it is still something you should try and enjoy, spending a calm day like this may be one of the best experiences in your life.