Where do we launch?
We meet at the Balloon Port at daybreak. The exact launch site will vary
depending on the wind direction and the time of sunrise. The pilot will
select the departure site considering the wind direction and availability
of good landing sites in the flight path.
How long is the flight?
Typically a flight last 45 minutes to an hour depending on wind speed on
the morning of your flight. Please plan on being our guest for three hours
to complete the ballooning process. First inflation, then flight, and finally
packing up the balloon and toast to a fantastic ride.
Where will we land?
We will land downwind of where we took off from. The pilot will select a
suitable landing spot and the chase crew will advise the pilot if landing
spots provide easy access for the chase crew. Balloons have landed in many
locations such as parking lots, golf courses, fields, ballparks, back yards,
front yards, driveways, streets, roads, airports, schools, and even boat
docks. The adventure of ballooning is the mystery of our destination.
What should I wear?
We recommend passengers wear comfortable hiking boots and layered clothing
to accommodate all circumstances. It’s best to wear trousers/pants
instead of shorts because landing in a field of briars could scratch bare
How many people will
be flying with me?
Each of our flights includes the pilot and a minimum of two passengers.
Our largest balloon is rated to hold 12 passengers. We only allow 10 passengers.
Private flights are available.
adventure of ballooning is the mystery of our destination.
Phone us (828) 667-9943
Why do balloonist
typically end each flight with a champagne toast?
Historically, (dating from 1783 and the first flight of the Montgulfier
brothers) hot air balloons typically landed on rural farmland. Early aviators
would carry bottles of champagne onboard to prove they were fellow Frenchmen,
to pacify the farmers upon landing, and to celebrate a safe and beautiful
flight. The tradition is still performed out of respect for the heritage.
Do you need a license
to fly a balloon?
Yes; hot air balloons are like airplanes and are governed by the FAA. Getting
and maintaining a license is much like getting a fixed wing pilots license. Asheville Hot Air Balloons pilots hold commercial status.
Can anyone fly?
We recommend guest be over the age of eight and be physically able to climb
into the basket. After that you need to hold securely to the top of the
basket and brace your body for the impact of landing.
You may need to walk from the landing and absorb normal risks (which may
include but are not limited to) injury or fatality from flight, ground,
landing operations, injury in a remote place without medical facilities,
or damage to personal property or equipment). Individuals that are pregnant,
have artificial limbs, or are under treatment for any infirmity (such as,
but not limited to, osteoporosis, back problems, chronic ailments, or any
other injury of any type that could be affected by hot air ballooning) should