Looking for adventure? A unique gift idea? Experience the magic of a balloon flight and let the world below drift away. Feel the exhilaration of morning-fresh country air or toast the sunset at days end. Balloons Unlimited offers these wondrous adventures in a traditional Champagne Hot Air Balloon Flight high above the beauty of Virginia. We schedule flights twice a day, every day, all year round, weather permitting. It's easy to book a flight, or arrange for a gift certificate. Just call us at (703) 327-0444. If you have a special day in mind, it's best to book three to four weeks in advance, otherwise we will give you the next available flight time which is convenient for you. If the weather doesn't co-operate on your selected day, an alternate time will be arranged.
Our rates are: $225.00 per person / Children under 12 are $125. Passengers weighing over 225 lbs. count as two.
Reservations can be made by phone 703-327-0444 M-F 10:30 - 2 with a credit card to hold the date.
72 hours noticed is required for all non-weather related cancelations.
When Do You Fly?
Balloon flights are normally timed to take off within an hour of sunrise or during the two hours before sunset. We don't fly during the day because the air is turbulent with thermal winds. In the winter these winds are not as strong and we can fly anytime of day.
When Don't You Fly?
Rain, fog, low cloud cover, too much wind or not enough wind are the typical weather conditions that will prompt us to postpone a scheduled flight. We consider a wind speed of 6 knots as the upper threshold for safety. Even at that, launches and landings can be hazardous. Each pilot will make his or her own decision whether or not it is safe to fly. Not enough wind? Unlike a boat becalmed on water, a balloon can only wait as long as its fuel supply allows and we prefer to have a choice of landing sites. And, of course, an hour or so of going nowhere isn't much of an adventure.
We know that it can be a big disappointment to have your special flight postponed, but there is a saying that " It is better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air, than to be in the air wishing you were on the ground! ".
How Does A Hot Air Balloon Work?
Present-day Hot Air Balloon systems closely resemble the original balloons and work on the simple principle that hot air rises. They consist of an envelope to contain the hot air, a system to produce the hot air and a wicker basket to carry the people. Lift is derived from heating the air inside the envelope and descent by allowing some of the air to escape through a vent or by letting it cool naturally.
Where Do You Launch?
The choice of launch site will vary depending on the wind direction at the time of the flight. We want to go in a direction where we know there will be a fair selection of good landing sites. We are fortunate that, there are a variety of launch sites that suit the various wind directions.
Where Do You Land?
Balloons don't have any means of controlling lateral movement so they go wherever the wind takes them. Part of the adventure of ballooning is not knowing your destination prior to departure. During the flight, the pilot will select a landing site which is free of obstacles, large enough for a safe landing and deflation of the balloon, and not too far from a road. Happily, there are many such spots.
How Long Is The Flight?
Flights usually last 45 to 90 minuets, but we suggest you allow up to three hours for the whole excursion. This will include set-up and pack-up time as well as travel time back to the launch site.
What Should I Wear?
You should dress to suit the season. You won't be much warmer or cooler during the flight than you would be on the ground. You should also choose footwear that's suitable for walking through country fields. Hats are good, but no large brim ones please.
What Should I Bring?
You may want to bring a camera to record your experience, we have binoculars to enhance your enjoyment of the spectacular scenery. Please come as light as possibly, i.e. no purses.
Can I Help?
Certainly!, if you wish. We have sufficent, experienced ground personnel, but we also understand that some people would like to get a little more involved. Remember though, listen carefully to the pilot or the crew chief when they're giving you instructions and if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask!
Customers who are “No Shows” and or did not cancel or reschedule 72 hours prior to the flight will be billed for the full amount of the flight booked. Being late for your balloon flight is just like being late for a airplane flight. We have a scheduled launch time and due to weather considerations we will not “Hold on the Runway” waiting for someone who is late. Being late for your flight will result in being billed in full for the flight booked as a “No Show”. All flights leave with-in 20 minutes of the scheduled meeting time.
We want people to enjoy their experience with us. We do not want to bill someone who was a “No Show”. Please understand that we only get so many flying days a year and should you be a “No Show” someone else will have likely lost the opportunity to fly that day. Most balloon companies do not offer refunds at all once a flight is scheduled. We think 72 hours is fair to both our customers and ourselves. Please be on time!
How Can I Book A Flight?
Call us at (703) 327-0444. The reservation desk is staffed M-F 10:30 - 2. If you have a special day in mind it's best to book a couple of weeks in advance. If the weather is un-cooperative on the selected day, then an alternate time will be arranged. Hot Air Balloons can fly any time of the year and each season has its own particular attractions. The choice is yours!
Can I Get A Gift Certificate?
Yes, of course, it's a great way to help someone celebrate a birthday or anniversary and it gives them the opportunity to choose when they wish to fly. Our regular Gift Certificates are valid for two years from the date of purchase and are transferable, but nonrefundable. You can purchase one over the phone or in person, or buy online!
Contacting Balloons Unlimited
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us from 10am to 2pm EST Monday thru Friday (703) 327-0444 or at our farm (540) 554-2002, Toll Free 1-866-863-8001. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your interest!!
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