Searching for Air balloon rides in Akron? You've come to the right place! Finding a pilot to provide Air balloon rides is easy. In addition, you can stop by our ride guide, or look in your local yellow pages.
Enjoying Air balloon rides is something everyone can $do, but it is also a popular way to give a gift! When you speak with the pilot you are considering riding with, be sure to ask how many other passengers will be in the basket.
When it is time for your flight, your company will offer to let you help with the assembly and inflation of the balloon. Go ahead and do it - it adds to the entire experience!
How can I find a balloon ride company if there isn't one listed near me?
You can check your local yellow pages for balloon rides, but it is possible that there are no flights available. Some areas are not conducive to safe balloon flight, so you may need to contact a company in a nearby city or state.
Flying in a balloon is a wonderful experience, and is definitely worth the effort even if you need to take an overnight trip to fly in a balloon. Talk to the balloon company about nearby hotels and other activities you can do while you are visiting their area.
Famous Balloon Quote:
Build lightness in.
— Alberto Santos-Dumont.
Do you need a licence to fly a balloon?
Yes. 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. 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.
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Even if the pilot happens to land in the same field twice (which doesn't happen often) the winds will probably be different. This means the take off and or landing will have something different that needs to happen to help make it a safe flight.