Searching for Baloon rides in Philadelphia? You have found to the page you want! Finding a company to provide Baloon rides is easy. In addition, you can visit our ride guide, or look in the local yellow pages.
Enjoying Baloon rides is something everyone can participate in, but it is also a popular way to get engaged! When you speak with the pilot you are thinking about riding with, always to ask how many other passengers will be aboard the balloon.
When it is time for your charter, 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!
How do you steer a balloon?
Balloons simply float with the wind. The pilot can control the balloon's altitude to find a wind going in the desired direction, but you cannot fly upwind or crosswind.
Preflight planning insures the pilot knows which way the balloon will be traveling, and the pilot makes sure there are plenty of suitable landing sites downwind. You'll be amazed how the pilot is able to steer the balloon during your balloon ride!
Famous Balloon Quote:
Build lightness in.
— Alberto Santos-Dumont.
Where balloons really used during the civil war?
Yes. Hydrogen balloons were used by both armies for airborne observations.
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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.