Searching for Balloon excursions in Gary? You've come to the page you want! Finding a ride provider to provide Balloon excursions is easy. In addition, you can stop by the rest of our site, or look in your local yellow pages.
Enjoying Balloon excursions is something everyone can enjoy, but it is also a great way to celebrate an anniversary! When you speak with the pilot you are considering riding with, don't forget to ask how many others will be flying with you.
When it is time for your flight, your pilot will offer to let you help with the assembly and inflation of the balloon. Go ahead and do it - it adds to the fun!
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:
I have known today a magnificent intoxication. I have learnt how it feels to be a bird. I have flown. Yes I have flown. I am still astonished at it, still deeply moved.
— Le Figaro, 1908.
Are all hot air balloons alike?
All hot air balloons consist of a burner system, a basket and an envelope. The differences are in the shape and size of the envelope, the deflation system, the basket shape and design and the configuration, design, and number of burners.
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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.