Hot air balloon rides in Akron

Searching for Hot air balloon rides in Akron? This is to the page you want! Finding a pilot to provide Hot air balloon rides is easy. Additionally, you can stop by our Balloon Ride Directory, or look in your yellow pages.

Enjoying Hot air balloon rides is something everyone can participate in, but it is also a very popular way to go on a date! When you speak with the firm you are thinking about riding with, always to ask how many other passengers will be aboard the balloon.

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!

Can we fly at a balloon festival?

Check with your local balloon company to see if you can get your balloon ride during a nearby festival. Flying at a festival is a unique experience, and is one that you don't want to miss if possible.

Each festival has their own rules, and many do not allow paid passenger rides for several reasons, including FAA restrictions or insurance concerns. Some festivals, however, not only allow passenger flights but encourage spectators to fly by selling balloon rides at the festival.

Preplanning is the key - you'll want to know well in advance if you can fly at the balloon festival you plan to attend.

Famous Balloon Quote:

Like a shamanistic language, flight speaks in different idioms. We can blast rockets to the stars. We can race across the sky on fixed wings. Ballooning appeals because it is more languorous and low-tech; it's adventure in an antique mood.
What a treat to stroll through the veils of twilight, to float across the sky like a slowly forming thought. Flying an airplane, one usually travels the shortest distance between two points. Balloonists can dawdle, lollygag, cast their fate to the wind and become part of the ebb and flow of nature, part of the sky itself, held aloft like any bird, leaf or spore. In that silent realm, far from the mischief and toil of society, all one hears is the urgent breathing of the wind and, now and then, an inspiring gasp of hot air.
Diane Ackerman, 'Traveling Light,' op-ed in The New York Times, 11 January 1997.
Balloonists are borrowing someone's land every time they take off and land, so they are very careful not to disturb or damage someone's property. The landowner is always thanked, and by the time the crew is leaving the landing site, most balloonists are already planning their next flight!


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Most balloons have a crew of between 3 to 6 people. Most balloon crews are volunteer, and do not get paid. For most of us, it is a hobby. It's how we work off the stresses of the week, and get together to have a good time with an ever-changing hobby.
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