Go For Launch Decision

Once we say go, jump in the van, it's time to go to the launch site and inflate the balloon! 

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OK We've arrived at the launch site now what?

Now things are happening. One quick check of the winds to confirm and then we'll get started.

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Assembly and Inflation

The balloon gets offloaded and positioned.

Individually we call the pieces:

  • The Envelope. That is the fabric portion of the balloon.

  • The Basket. That is where you'll ride. It has fuel tanks filled with propane and the Burners ( watch out, they are loud!)

  • Inflation fans. We use 2 inflation fans to fill the balloon full of air. They don't put out heat. We use the burners for that part.

The pilot will take you through a Pre-Flight Briefing prior to inflating the balloon.

Be sure to ask questions if you are unsure of anything. We will discuss:

The inflation process

  • How you get into the basket and when

  • Where to stand and most importantly what you can hold onto.

  • What you can expect through the flight.

  • Landing procedure and when to disembark.

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Can I bring anything on board? 

Yes but space is limited so feel free to leave some things in the van. They will be safe.

  • Please don't bring alcohol on board and marijuana is  prohibited by the FAA.

  • You won't need that blanket you brought.

  • Unless you have a ton of camera gear, the backpack can also stay in the Van.