Hot air balloon flights in Oakland

Searching for Hot air balloon flights in Oakland? Welcome to the right place! Finding a ride provider to provide Hot air balloon flights is easy. Also, you can stop by our Balloon Ride Directory, or look in your yellow pages.

Enjoying Hot air balloon flights is something the entire family can enjoy, but it is also a very popular way to go on a date! When you speak with the company you are considering booking with, always to ask how many passengers will be on the flight.

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 fun!

What should you wear during your flight?

Ballooning is not a formal occasion, so heals, dresses and suits are not appropriate. Dress like you would for an outdoor hike. Comfortable shoes (no open-toed shoes or sandals, please), long pants and layered clothing during the cooler months are recommended. Balloons don't normally land at airports, so you'll probably be standing in an open field after landing. Dress appropriately for the area of the country you're flying in.

Be sure to check with the company you are flying with for their clothing rules.

Famous Balloon Quote:

How posterity will laugh at us, one way or other! If half a dozen break their necks, and balloonism is exploded, we shall be called fools for having imagined it could be brought to use: if it should be turned to account, we shall be ridiculed for having doubted.
Horace Walpole, letter to Horace Mann, 24 June 1785.
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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The pilot heats the air in the balloon to rise, and lets the air cool to descend. An experienced pilot has absolute control over the balloon's altitude, but can't turn against the wind. The pilot steers the ballon by finding different air currents that are moving in the direction he wants to fly.
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