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Ballooning FAQs

What time do we meet?

We meet about thirty minutes before sunrise. Therefore, times do vary throughout the year, ranging from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Just email us with the date you are inquiring about and we will let you know the meeting time.

Why do we meet so early?

Just before sunrise is when the weather is the coolest and the winds are the calmest which is ideal for ballooning.

How high will we go?

Generally between 1,000 to 3,000 feet depending on the winds.

What should we wear?

You should wear casual clothing along with comfortable shoes. We suggest to wear light layers so that you can easily adjust to the temperature as the sun comes up. The coolest you will be is on the ground. Once you’re in flight, the burners tend to keep the baskets nice and warm.

Where do we launch from?

We have several launch sites within Napa Valley. Wind and fog can determine where we may launch on any given day. We also have alternate launch sites in two adjacent valleys.

Can we bring cameras and video cameras?

Yes! Prepare to take many pictures!

How do you get the balloon inflated?

A fan is used to blow cool air into the balloon. Later the burners are used to heat the air as the balloon lies on the ground. Gradually the balloon will rise to an upright position.

Is it quiet in the balloon?

When the burner is off, it is extremely quiet. Quiet is one of the most enjoyable aspects of ballooning.

Are expectant women able to fly?

We are happy to fly women who are 6 months or less into their pregnancy. A doctor’s release is required. The final decision will be made by the pilot on the morning of the flight depending on flight conditions.

What fabric is used for the balloon?

Most common is Dacron or rip-stop nylon.

Does the basket sway when flying?

The baskets do not sway since it moves with the wind.

Where do we meet?

We meet in the lobby of the Napa Valley Marriott located at 3425 Solano Ave., Napa, CA 94558.

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