Looking for a fun family vacation? Here are the top five hot air balloon festivals and why you should check them out! … More Top Hot Air Balloon Festivals in the United States
After talking about what weren’t balloon crashes in one of my last posts, I thought it would be a good idea to go more in-depth on ways that hot air balloons are safe. In fact, flying is one of the safest methods of travels and hot air ballooning is one of the safest methods of … More Is A Hot Air Balloon Even Safe?
It’s a beautiful day for a hot air balloon festival, but suddenly, the announcer comes over the loudspeaker and says that the balloons, unfortunately, will not be flying. The safety officer issued a no-go. But why? The most common reasons no-goes are issued is wind or storms; however, there is also fog, ground condition, and … More 8 Reasons Why the Hot Air Balloons Didn’t Fly at the Festival
When asked what she wished more people knew about hot air ballooning, long time pilot Shannon Rote responded, “When a balloon comes down, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s crashing.” It’s common for people to think that a balloon is crashing because they are landing somewhere that’s not an airport, the basket has tipped over or … More Why that WASN’T a Hot Air Balloon Crash
Hot air balloons are amazing enough to witness, but when you mix that with special shapes, it really takes off! Here are the top 10 hot air balloon special shapes. #10. The Scarecrow Balloon A gigantic straw figure flying above your town… what’s not to like? #9. Yoda and Darth Vader Balloons To all you … More Top 10 Hot Air Balloon Special Shapes
Many people love the idea of a hot air balloon ride, but they aren’t sure if they will be able to handle the height. Before you give up on your dream, check out this article by Aerogelic Ballooning. Hopefully, we’ll see you in the skies soon! How to Ride Hot Air Balloons If You’re Afraid … More Hot Air Balloons and Fear of Heights?
I thought I would take a break from more instructional posts and give you a chance to meet an actual pilot. Shannon Rote, from Northeast Ohio, has worked with hot air balloons for 36 years. She’s competed in festivals all around America, including Women’s Nationals where she placed 5th. How did you get started with … More Interview With Hot Air Ballon Pilot Shannon Rote
You love balloons. Somehow, though, your always hear about flights after they happen. So here’s a quick guide to the best times to see hot air balloons. But, do hot air balloons fly in every season? Of course, there are weather concerns, ground conditions, and other factors that determine whether there will be a flight … More When Do Balloons Fly?
Okay! I’m here! What do I have to do for a free hot air balloon ride? That’s a good question. The requirements are simple: love balloons and be willing to chase them through the sky. See, balloons have no steering except for the wind layers at different altitudes and very rarely does the wind turn … More How to Get a Free Hot Air Balloon Ride
The quick, bite-sized history of hot air balloons: French brothers watched smoke, copied, flew, then gas balloons took over, but hot air balloons came back, and here we are today, flying above your house. But if you like pictures, names, and dates, here’s the slightly longer, more colorful version. There are disputes over who was … More The Quick History of Hot Air Balloons