Searching for Air balloon flights in Indianapolis? You have found to the spot! Finding a pilot to provide Air balloon flights is easy. Also, you can visit our Balloon Ride Directory, or look in your yellow pages.
Enjoying Air balloon flights is something anyone can enjoy, but it is also a popular way to celebrate a birthday! When you speak with the firm you are thinking about flying with, be sure to ask how many other passengers will be aboard the balloon.
When it is time for your trip, your ride company will offer to let you help with the assembly and inflation of the balloon. Go ahead and do it - it adds to the experience!
Do you need a license to fly a balloon?
A Balloon Pilot Certificate is issued by the Federal Aviation Administration in the USA. You must pass an FAA written exam, obtain a prescribed number of hours of instruction, make a solo flight, a flight to a specific altitude and pass a flight test.
A pilot offering balloon rides (flying passengers for hire) must receive additional training and have more experience than a private pilot. You don't have to be able to fly an airplane since it is a completely different type of aircraft, although many balloon pilots also fly other types of aircraft like airplanes and helicopters.
Famous Balloon Quote:
The best way of travel, however, if you aren't in any hurry at all, if you don't care where you are going, if you don't like to use your legs, if you don't want to be annoyed at all by any choice of directions, is in a balloon. In a balloon, you can decide only when to start, and usually when to stop. The rest is left entirely to nature.
— William Pene du Bois, 'The Twenty-one Balloons.'
If you would like to crew on a balloon, find a ride operator in your area. You can tell them of your interest in balloons and ask for any information or local club you could contact.
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It's a very basic principle: Hot air rises and cold air sinks. So while the super-cooled air in your grocer's freezer settles down around the food, the hot air in a hot air balloon pushes up, keeping the balloon floating.