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What conditions can a Hot Air Balloon fly in?

Hot Air Balloons are generally flown within the first hour of sunrise. This time of day provides the cool calm conditions preferably needed for a hot air balloon flight. Wind speeds and thermal activity generally start to increase as the day heats up, which aren't suitable for a balloon flight.

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Can a Hot Air Balloon be steered?

A Hot Air Balloon has no real directional control and it is up to the pilot to use the various wind directions,
at various altitudes, to direct the balloon to a favourable landing site.

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How do the passengers get back?

A retrieve vehicle will collect all passengers on landing and take them back to the launch site for breakfast.

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How long will the flight be?

Aproximately one hour, unless the pilot feels the flight should be cut short for safety reasons i.e. weather conditions

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What gas is used?

Propane, because it burns hotter and cleaner than any other gas

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Does the pilot need a license to fly?

Yes, as the balloon is an aircraft in the sky, the pilot (like any other commercial flying operation)
needs to be qualified in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority's rules, regulations and laws.

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Can children fly?

Yes, ideally they must be able to see over the top of the basket which is approximately four feet high

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Can you fly at night?

Unfortunately not, balloon pilots need to have all obstacles (eg power lines) visible when coming into land.

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How many people can fly at once?

A basket on average can take eight, however balloons range from 2 man balloons through to 14 man balloons.

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