Hot air balloon flights in Ventura

Searching for Hot air balloon flights in Ventura? This is to the right place! Finding a pilot to provide Hot air balloon flights is easy. Additionally, you can check our ride guide, or look in the yellow pages.

Enjoying Hot air balloon flights is something everyone can participate in, but it is also a great way to get married! When you speak with the company you are considering booking with, don't forget to ask how many other 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!

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:

These vehicles can serve no use until we can guide them. I had rather now find a medicine that can cure an asthma.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
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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Passengers ride in wicker baskets, which protect the occupants and are lightweight and flexible.
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