Up & Away Ballooning

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Does it get cold in the balloon? What should I wear?

The coldest part of your morning will be on the ground! Come dressed in comfortable layered clothing. Walking shoes and a hat are also recommended and of course don’t forget you camera.

Is ballooning safe?

Absolutely, statistically flight is the safest form of transportation and ballooning is statistically the safest form of flight. Believe it or not, getting in and out of the basket is the most dangerous part of the whole flight! Up & Away Ballooning has skilled and experienced pilots and crew with impeccable safety records so you are in good hands.

How many passengers do you fly in your balloons?

Our state-of-the-art balloons are certified to carry a maximum of 6, 12 and 16 passengers. As the best that money can buy, the baskets are compartmentalized to maximize the space, comfort of and safety of each guest.

I’m on vacation, why so early?!

Balloons fly best in cool, calm, stable air which in the Napa Valley is usually just after sunrise. Our meeting times will vary throughout the year to reflect the change in sunrise times.

Can I book the balloon for just me and my sweetheart?

Of course! Check out our ‘Private Flight For 2’ option. We are also delighted to do chartered flights for private groups as well. Please do not hesitate to call our office to speak with one of our staff if you think this may be the perfect activity for your group!

What are hot air balloons made of?

The envelope is typically constructed with fire-treated ripstop nylon or dacron that meet specific manufacturer requirements. This material is lightweight but very strong. The baskets are made of rattan, each one individually woven by hand onto a rigid frame.

How high do hot air balloons fly?

Most balloonists enjoy low-level flight. The typical balloon flight would be anywhere from tree level to approximately 2,000 ft. The world record for altitude in a hot air balloon is 64,997 feet.

How long can a balloon fly?

It depends. Factors like outside air temperature, weight being carried in the basket and weather determine the duration of the flight. Normally, the balloon carries enough fuel to remain aloft for a 1 hour flight plus a sizeable reserve fuel supply.

Do Passengers ever get airsick?

No. Because the balloon moves at the same speed and direction as the wind, passengers experience no sense of motion.

How is the Balloon Steered?

It is not “steered” in the conventional sense. The balloon moves with the direction of the wind. However, winds tend to stratify in differing directions and altitudes. A balloonist uses these varying currents to guide the balloon to an appropriate landing site.

Is there an age limit?

Our minimum age requirement for ballooning excursions is 8 years old but even 8 may be too young depending on the child. Children are often frightened by the sound of the burner and the magnitude of it all. We recommend waiting until the child is old enough to enjoy the experience. Please call us if you have any questions.