Searching for Hot air balloon rides in Mesa? You've come to the page you want! Finding a company to provide Hot air balloon rides is easy. Additionally, you can stop by our Balloon Ride Directory, or look in the yellow pages.
Enjoying Hot air balloon rides is something the entire family can participate in, but it is also a popular way to get married! When you speak with the pilot you are considering booking with, don't forget to ask how many other passengers will be on the flight.
When it is time for your adventure, 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!
How Much Do Balloon Rides Cost?
Balloon Ride costs vary throughout the United States, so check with the company you are considering. Some companies offer flights in large balloons that can carry many passengers, while others specialize in flying 2 or three at a time.
Expect to pay a bit more for a private flight.
Famous Balloon Quote:
There's something in a flying horse,
There's something in a huge balloon.
— William Wordsworth, 'Peter Bell,' Prologue. Stanza 1.
What fuel do hot air balloons use, and where is it carried?
Propane is used for fuel. It is carried in aluminum or stainless steel tanks that range from 10 to 20 gallons in size. Average fuel consumption is about 15 gallons an hour.
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Once airborne, balloons just float with the wind. It is true that the pilot doesn't know where the balloon will land ahead of time, but that doesn't mean he can't control the flight. Before the balloon is launched, the pilot knows which way the wind is blowing so he knows which way the balloon will go. The air is in layers, and the different layers may be moving in different directions. So even though the pilot can't steer the balloon, he can move up and down to find a layer of air that will allow the balloon to change direction. Some days the amount of change is very small; other days the balloon may be able to actually turn around and fly in the opposite direction.