Searching for Balloon excursions in Santa Clara? You have found to the end of your search! Finding a firm to provide Balloon excursions is easy. In addition, you can stop by our Balloon Ride Directory, or look in your local yellow pages.
Enjoying Balloon excursions is something anyone can participate in, but it is also a very popular way to celebrate an anniversary! When you speak with the firm you are considering riding with, always to ask how many passengers will be in the basket.
When it is time for your charter, 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 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:
Previous to this time I had never even a balloon except from a distance. Being interested in their construction, I was about to institute a thorough examination of all its parts, when the aeronaut announced that all was ready. He inquired whether I desired to go up alone, or he should accompany me. My desire, if frankly expressed, would have been not to go up at all; but if I was to go, company was certainly desirable. With an attempt at indifference, I intimated that he might go along.
— George Armstrong Custer, while a Captain in the cavalry. Regards order to go aloft in one of Thaddeus Lowe's balloons to observe the movements of the Confederate forces. Quoted in 'Son of the Morning Star.' 1862.
One of the most dangerous weather conditions balloonists face is thunderstorms. During the pre-flight weather briefing, balloon pilots want radar summaries to show thunderstorms no closer than 100 miles from the flight area. In flight, the pilot constantly looks for changing conditions which could signal convective activity. At the first sign of building cumulus clouds, rapidly changing wind direction on the surface, or other such indicators, the balloon should get on the ground as quickly as possible.
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How many hot air balloons are there?
There are over 3,500 balloons and 4,000 licensed pilots in the U.S. There are another 1000 or so balloons in other countries.