feel no sensation of movement because the basket moves at the same speed as
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- How high will we fly?
Most flights take place between treetop and 6,000 feet.
- What is it like to
fly in a balloon?
You feel no sensation of movement because the basket moves at the same speed
as the wind. The ground drifts below you. It’s a unique perspective
and a great photo opportunity. The flight is typically serenely quiet between
“burns”. Sound from below carries differently. You can hear
people speaking in a normal tone from the ground below. A barking dog sounds
like it’s up in the sky with you.
- What makes a balloon
Cold air is blown into the envelope, then the burner heats up the cold air
in the envelope. As the air in the envelope is heated it expands and becomes
less dense. This causes the air inside the envelope to weigh less than the
surrounding air. When the weight of the balloon system including passengers
is lighter than the surrounding air the balloon will lift off and begin
- When is the best time
of day to fly?
We prefer to fly at daybreak because the air is more stable and the winds
are calmer than other times of day. Midday is not good for flying due to
heat, shifting wind, and thermals. We offer late afternoon flights too.
- Are there weather
restrictions or timing restrictions for flying?
fly hot air balloons from April until the New Year holiday, one flight per day at sunrise.
Minimum weather conditions are:
• 3 miles of visibility - horizontally
• 1,000 ft. ceiling - vertically
• No convective activity (thunderstorms) within a 60 miles radius
• The wind speed must be less than 8mph
- How far will the balloon
Depending on the wind speed the balloon will travel five miles an hour if
the wind speed is at five miles an hour and ten miles an hour if the wind
speed is at ten miles an hour.
- Does it get cold up
Not really; it will be three degrees cooler for each 1000 feet we ascend.
However we advise passengers to dress in layers because we fly at the coolest
part of the day and one can add or remove layers during the flight to provide
- Is it Quiet?
When the burners are not in use, your flight will be very quiet and serene.
Aloft there is not even wind noise because you are moving with it. You may
hear dogs barking in the distance or conversations on the ground. When the
burner is “on” it is very noisy in the basket.
- Do birds ever fly into
Rarely; birds see the balloon and avoid it. The burners frighten most animals.
A bird would bounce off the balloon if there was a collision.
- Can you steer a balloon?
Not really; the balloon ascends with the warmer air and descends with the
The pilot can change direction by ascending or descending to a current of
air moving in a different direction.
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Asheville Hot Air Balloons 2005-2007