There are certain days that are unavailable for scheduling because the balloons are scheduled to fly at special ballooning events around the country. Please call for more information on those dates. Flight schedules are based on a first come first served basis. Advanced reservations are required, and while we can usually accommodate "short-notice" reservations, as the season progresses longer lead times will be needed to guarantee a reservation on the desired date of your flight.
Please remember that all balloon flights are completely weather dependent. If your flight is canceled, understand that it is for your safety. If the winds are forecast to be above 10 mph or if there is any chance of thunderstorms or rain showers in the area (within 100 miles) you will not be flying. Flights may be canceled due to heat. On hot days, the combination of the outside temperature and the heat from the burners may make the flight miserable for everyone involved. As a general rule, we will cancel if the heat index is over 95 degrees. All flights and cancellations are completely at your pilot's discretion and will not be questioned.
You must be able to remain standing for at least one hour. There are no seats or chairs in the balloon (call with special needs). You must also be able to hold yourself in the basket when landing. Upon landing you may be coming to a stop from 10 mph. This is the equivalent impact of jumping off of your kitchen table. You will not be allowed to fly if you are pregnant. A baby is a special little person - please wait until after the baby is born to fly with us! Please remember that ballooning is a fair weather sport and every precaution is taken to ensure your safety. Minor injuries can occur in the event of a rough landing or while climbing in and out of the basket and the chase vehicle. You will be required to sign a waiver at the launch field. If you have further questions or have a health concern please discuss this with us when you make your reservation.
On the day of your flight, dress as you would if you were going to be outside for three hours. Your pilot will tell you if you need to bring a jacket. Cotton clothing is best. Wear tennis shoes or flats, as you will be standing for a long time. Tank tops, sandals and high heels are not recommended.
There are excellent photographic opportunities throughout the flight. Remember to bring extra film! You are welcome to bring your camera equipment on board. Big, bulky cases must be left on the ground and we cannot be responsible for any damage to your equipment.
Children should be at least four feet tall and are recommended to be at least 6 years old. They must be able to hold themselves in the basket in the event of a rough landing.
Only paying passengers and staff are allowed to ride in chase vehicles and no one is allowed to ride in the chase vehicle while the balloon is in flight.
Galena On The FlyP.O. Box 6543 Galena, IL 61036
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