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Ballooning History

The Balloonist's Prayer
The winds have welcomed you with softness.
The sun has blessed you with his warm hands.
You have flown so high and so well
that God joined you in laughter
and set you gently back into
the loving arms of Mother Earth.


Modern Day & Utah Ballooning Facts
and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

Modern day hot air balloons are made out of rip stop nylon, they cost about 25.000 - 85.000 US$, and have a life span of about 700 - 900 hours. It is also the oldest form of aviation. The first people to fly did so in a paper balloon in the year 1783.

Is Ballooning Safe?
Hot Air Ballooning is THE safest forms of aviation known to mankind. What is most important to conduct a safe flight is the pilots responsibility to take all proper pre-flight actions. If weather conditions do not permit a safe flight, we cancell a flight usually the day before.

When and how should I reserve a flight ?
You should make your reservation as early in advance as possible. We do need a credit card to secure a reservation, but we do not charge it till after the flight. And with a mere 24 hrs cancellation policy, you can rest assured that an early reservation will give you plenty of time to look forward to your balloon adventure. Reserve your flight online
What times during the day can we go up?
Balloons fly best in calm, stable air. In Utah these conditions occur during the first hours after sunrise.
Why do balloons fly mostly in the early morning?
Winds are generally most favorable the first hours after sunrise and the last hours before sunset. The sun’s uneven heating of the earth’s surface causes strong, variable winds. In the morning, it takes a few hours for the sun to heat the earth’s surface enough to generate the thermal activity that creates wind.
What is all included with a balloon flight?
The ballooning experience includes pick up from meeting point, optional participation in the set up and packing process, the magnificent and wonderful sensation of being airborne, european style balloonists celebration,return to meeting point, and memories that are unsurpassed.
Can you steer a balloon?
Winds determine a balloon’s direction. Balloonists can steer a balloon, to a limited extent, by adjusting the balloon’s altitude to make use of different wind speeds and directions.
I am afraid of heights, should I go?
The answer, in most cases, is "Yes". Unlike an airplane, the gondola remains absolutely stable in flight. Not feeling any movement, you feel like standing on a mountain peak, looking out. Not looking straight down typically does not trigger the anxiety. Should it get too intense, we always recommend looking at the floor of the basket. Our pilots are very experienced , and once you are a couple of minutes into the flight, realizing how calm, stable, and safe the flight is, makes you feel more than comfortable.
How do balloons fly?
Balloons operate through the basic principles of gravity and heat transfer. As air inside the balloon is heated, it rises. As the air inside the balloon cools, it descends. Balloons fly best when it is cold outside.

How long does a balloon flight last?
The actual flight time averages about an hour. The entire ballooning experience, including pre-flight preparation, flight and post-flight celebration, may take three or more hours. The memories will last a life's time.

How high do we go?
Balloons typically fly from treetop level all the way up to several thousand feet.
What fuel do balloons use?
Hot air balloons carry 20 to 65 gallons of liquid propane in stainless steel fuel tanks.
More Information?
Please browse our site, the flight location pages contain detailed information. We also suggest our Ballooning Picture Galleries, the About Us section, and our Utah Ballooning Map. Most effective: Call Us or Contact Us, we look forward to hearing from you!

The HISTORY of Man's first flight:

Ballooning originated in France. The first flight took place in Paris on November 21st, 1783. The Montgolfier brothers were owners of a paper mill, working for King Louis the 14th. Watching a piece of paper lifted up into a chimney gave them the idea to build a model balloon out of paper. After the first successful flight they built a bigger one and put a duck, a rooster and a goat in the platform along with an open fire pit. The balloon flew for several miles before it landed, and was attacked by peasants, who thought it was a monster out of the sky.
Knowing the basic principal worked, they asked the king for prisoners to be the first pilots. The king however was well aware of the historical importance of this event, and decided that only aristocrats would be allowed to fly in a hot air balloon. So it came that noblemen Pilatre de Rozier and Marquis d'Arlandes were the first pilots. The first launch drew half of the population of Paris, by the time some 400.000 people.
They brought along 2 bottles of french champagne - One to extinguish a possible fire, the other to present to the peasants, to identify themselves as humans. To this day we celebrate each flight with a champagne toast.

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