There really is nothing quite like a hot air balloon flight whether in summer, with the wind in your sails and the sun beaming down on your face. Or in autumn, watching the dawn on the ground fade away as you rise further into the sky.
There are so many beautiful things about hot air ballooning that it would be difficult to choose just one. But the most thrilling for all first time passengers is the adrenaline felt at take-off. So all the ballooning companies should think about heightening this amazing feeling, by getting their passengers involved and aware of the process of inflating a balloon before taking a hot air balloon flight.
There are so many important points to cover, so here’s a list so you won’t forget!
First Things First, Give The Balloon A Good Checking Over
This is normally done before passengers get involved, as it can be quite a tricky and delicate process. But it’s imperative before balloons take off, as doing so highlights any damage on the balloon, particularly the envelope that can rip and tear after time. To get passengers involved, explain the process and why you’re doing it. Not everyone will know how hot air balloon flights work, let alone how the process of getting them up into the air!
Inflating The Balloon
Balloon air-crafts don’t look anything like the machine you see in the sky on balloon flight before they are inflated. This is a great way of involving passengers in take-off, as this process is fun to do and to watch. Firstly, the balloon is laid out flat on the floor on the already agreed launch site. Next, the balloon is slowly filled with cold air, using a large fan. This is the fun part, as the passengers can watch the balloon slowly start to take shape and rise slightly into the air.
As the balloon starts to fill up with air and rise higher into the sky, this is the time a large injection of warm air is needed, to push it up into the sky.
Ready, Set Fire!
Now this part can be rather dangerous, so it’s always best to leave it to the experts! But that’s no reason not to explain the dangerous process to your eager-to-learn passengers. So provide a little commentary about what the ground crew are up to and why. Watching a huge injection of fire catapult into the envelope is quite a stunning sight; so allow them to witness it! The next step is to board the air-craft and prepare for take-off from the ground, which is left to the ground crew who untie the air-craft and start the flight journey.
These are just a few tips to ensure your passengers are kept well informed and involved in the take-off process. Although it may be an everyday job for pilots and ground crews, hot air balloon flights are a once in a lifetime experience for many who will want to enjoy every moment of it!