Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DOES A BALLOON WORK? HOW CAN IT FLY?
The hot air balloon works according to Archimedes’principle: the air heated inside the balloon is lighter than the surrounding air. We don’t use any light and/or inflammable gas (helium or hydrogen).
HOW DO YOU DRIVE A BALLOON? WHO DECIDES THE WAY?
When you are on a balloon you can do nothing else but imitate Katie Scarlett O’Hara: Gone with the Wind! There are no commands of direction; the only thing the pilot can decide, is the altitude. Obviously, the flight is carefully planned being the passangers’ safety our first priority. We can approximately determine the direction of travel, however it’s also nice to improvise according to the situation. Can you think of anything else more romantic and adventurous than this?
IS IT SAFE FLYING ON A BALLOON?
The hot-air balloon is not a complex machine, therefore little prone to failures. Every year our pilots must pass some tests which prove their ability: risks are reduced to a minimum. A careful flight preparation including the study of weather conditions is our standard practice and represents a further guarantee for your peace of mind.
HOW LONG LASTS THE ADVENTURE OF A FLIGHT?
The complete experience, starting from the preparation until the landing, arranging the balloon and bringing it back to the headquarter can last from 3 to 4 hours and half. The flight lasts about 1 hour.
FROM WHICH AGE CAN WE FLY?
All children who are taller than 120 cm. can fly. This is because if they are shorter, they will not be able to see outside the basket. Obviously, they will have to be accompanied by their parents.
CAN ANYBODY FLY?
Generally anybody can fly: for safety reasons, pregnant women, heart patients and people with respiratory diseases are forbidden to fly. It may happen that during landing we have to squat to soften the impact with the ground: anyone who, for any reason, cannot keep the crouched position will be forbidden to fly. For the same reason, we do not recommend the flight to people suffering from osteoporosis. For any doubt, please consult your doctor.
WHICH IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GROUP FLIGHT AND RESERVED BASKET?
In a group flight, you participate as an individual customer and we create “the teams” and the maximum number will be 16 passengers on board
In a reserved basket, you can decide how many people you can bring with you! (maximum of 5 according to the purchased package).
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WHICH IS THE DRESS CODE ON A BALLOON?
We recommend passengers should wear flat and comfortable shoes (trekking shoes or sport shoes are best since some time we have to walk a little bit on the sand), shoes with high heels are not allowed on board. Do wear layers of clothes, it is often quite cool early morning. Possibly, wear a hat or cap for the radiant heat of the balloon burners. During the flight temperatures are about the same as those on the ground. Generally clothes suitable for a walk in the country which you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
IN WHICH PERIOD OF THE YEAR CAN WE FLY?
The “ballooning season” is approximately from October to May with annual variations. Weather in UAE can be tricky and unpredictable, especially in early spring; but the months of the winter are regularly good for ballooning. Winter flights can be stunning, with crystal clear views of desert dunes, mountains on the south-east and the skyline of Dubai on the north-west side.
WHEN CAN WE FLY DURING THE DAY?
We fly in the early morning just after dawn. The heat in the middle of the day can create turbulences which may disrupt the flight
WHICH IS THE FLIGHT ALTITUDE?
We’ll fly at maximum 3000ft to have a look over all the area and enjoy the sunrise, then we’ll descend and fly almost touching the dunes to experience another point of view as a butterfly can see. Anyway it depends on the day and the weather conditions.
WHAT HAPPENS IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS?
We carefully plan our flights following in detail the weather forecast. In case of bad weather, the flight can be cancelled even few hours before the scheduled takeoff.
IS IT GOING TO BE TOO COLD?
During the flight temperatures are about the same as those on the ground.
WHERE ARE WE GOING TO LAND? HOW CAN WE RETURN BACK TO THE STARTING POINT?
We don’t know exactly where we are going to land, it depends on the direction of the wind. In any case, we will be constantly followed by our ground crew and, once landed, they will bring us back to the starting point.
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