Is Age a Consideration?
We accept children ages 3 and older and our most chronologically gifted passenger to date was 97. You must be in good physical shape for your age and have no pre-existing medical conditions that in the opinion of your doctor would prevent you from flying. Passengers must be fully ambulatory, with no previous unhealed injuries, able to walk at least one mile unaided, as well as climb over a stationary four foot obstacle two or more times without assistance.
How High Do Balloons Fly?
In general, we prefer to fly close to the ground on takeoff when conditions allow. We also fly thousands of feet above ground. The current record for manned balloon flight is 150,000 feet above ground. Passenger Jets normally fly 30,000 feet above ground. We rarely fly over several thousand feet above ground and no two flights are ever identical.
Can You Steer a Balloon?
There is no device with which to steer. However, our highly skilled professional pilots are remarkably adept at using wind direction at different altitudes to frequently "rudder" their aircraft.
What Type of Training Are Balloon Pilots Required To Have?
All of our pilots are required to have a commercial pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Due to the sophisticated equipment we fly, our pillots are additionally required to have experience flying in desert and mountain terrains. Our pilots are required to maintain a First Class Aeromedical Certificate which is the same standard that airline pilots are required to maintain. No other ballon tour companies in southern Airzona has this level of certification. We're heart healthy, drug free, and can prove it! When was the last time your balloon pilot had an EKG?