Hot air balloon flights in Portland

Searching for Hot air balloon flights in Portland? You've come to the right place! Finding a firm to provide Hot air balloon flights is easy. Also, you can check our Balloon Ride Directory, or look in the local yellow pages.

Enjoying Hot air balloon flights is something anyone can $do, but it is also a popular way to celebrate an anniversary! When you speak with the company you are thinking about riding with, always to ask how many other passengers will be flying with you.

When it is time for your adventure, your 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!

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:

There's something in a flying horse,
There's something in a huge balloon.
William Wordsworth, 'Peter Bell,' Prologue. Stanza 1.
Balloons are flown by a licensed pilot, who is assisted by a ground crew. The crew help assemble and inflate the balloon, and follow on the ground during flight. After the balloon lands, the crew packs up the balloon and everyone is taken back to the original meeting place.


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Can balloons fly at night?
Yes, although balloonists seldom do because of decreased visibility and the requirement for instruments and lights. Most balloons are certified for day flying only.
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