Searching for Balloon flights in Baton Rouge? This is to the page you want! Finding a pilot to provide Balloon flights is easy. Also, you can stop by our Balloon Ride Directory, or look in the yellow pages.
Enjoying Balloon flights is something anyone can participate in, but it is also a great way to get engaged! When you speak with the pilot you are considering flying with, always to ask how many passengers will be flying with you.
When it is time for your adventure, 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 entire experience!
Do you need a license 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.
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 balloon seems to stand still in the air while the earth flies past underneath. — Alberto Santos-Dumont.
How old do you have to be to fly a balloon? To obtain a Private Pilot Certificate in the USA you must be 16 years old. And would you believe that there are balloonists flying in their 80's!