Your Las Vegas
Hot Air Balloon adventure
begins when you meet your pilot and flight crew, usually a 1/2 an hour before sunrise.
At the launch site (situated near McCarran Airport and near to the Las Vegas Strip), your flight crew will brief you on your balloon adventure. Then, you'll enjoy the spectacle of seeing the balloon being inflated, ultimately standing more than 10 stories tall. Once fully inflated and ready for take off, you'll climb into the gondola and begin your balloon adventure.
During your flight you'll get a spectacular bird's eye view of the gorgeous Red Rock Mountains and the famous Las Vegas Strip. As you drift silently over the city and countryside, you'll get a chance to take some incredible photographs and look out for desert wildlife. After drifting serenely for approximately an hour prepare for landing. Once on the ground, you'll enjoy a champagne toast and the opportunity for more photographs.
Ballooning requires light winds, good visibility and no precipitation. You will fly at approximately 1000 feet. The flights are approximately 1 hour in length, however your experience will be up to 4 hours in total.
Due to insurance restrictions passengers under the age of 10, women who are / or may be pregnant, or those with heart, back or knee problems cannot be accepted on flights.
What type of clothing should we wear? Special clothing is not required for hot air ballooning. We always suggest practical wear,such as long trousers, a light jacket, a hat and no sandals or high heels. The Balloon does not fly high enough for a change in temperature so plan to dress for the temperature of the day.
Can I bring my camera and binoculars? Yes. Some of the best pictures of the surrounding area can be taken from 500 feet in the air. Don't forget to bring batteries for your camera and a protective case for landing.
How big is the hot air balloon? A small Hot Air Balloon is 77,000 cubic ft. That is approximately 80 feet high and 60 feet in diameter. An average of 4 passengers and the pilot can fly in a balloon of this size. Vegas Balloon Rides also flies larger balloons that can carry 8-12 passengers.
What makes the hot air balloon rise? Hot Air! A pair of high-powered propane burners ignites and heats liquid propane that is aimed into the balloon to make it rise. The burners create 30 million BTU's of heat. In comparison, an average home barbecue generates 30,000 BTU's. Each flight uses approximately 100 litres of propane.
How fast do you fly? The balloon travels the same speed as the wind. An average flight is approximately 15 km in length.
Can anyone fly the balloon? To fly a hot air balloon you must be a licensed balloon pilot. Much like a fixed wing pilot, balloon pilots go through extensive training including ground school, written exams and hands-on flying. A balloon pilot must have a minimum of 50 hours experience to fly passengers.
How high do you fly? Though the altitude record for hot air ballooning is 64,997 feet, the height of passenger flights range anywhere from tree tops up to 2,500 feet.
What can cause a cancellation of a flight? As safety of the passengers, crew and equipment is of utmost priority, flights will sometimes have to be cancelled. Various factors can cause cancellation such as weather conditions, equipment malfunction or pilot injury or illness. Your safety is the main concern and you may not be able to fly if this is jeopardised.
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