WHEN DO WE FLY?
Ballooning is extremely wind and weather sensitive, so A & a Balloon Ride, LLC launches our balloon in the early morning at Sunrise. This is when the winds are calmest. We don't fly when the conditions are not favorable for a safe flight or when there is a chance of fog, rain, snow, fog or excessive wind.
WHO CAN FLY?
Anyone who is looking for an experience that will last a lifetime! We suggest that passengers be in good health and be capable of standing for the entire length of the flight. We suggest that you speak to your doctor before scheduling your flight if you have a serious medical condition or are pregnant. Ballooning is the safest form of aviation in the world but there is always a risk of a hard landing. Please review a copy of our "Assumption of Risk Waiver" Every passenger is required to sign a release form before flight and we suggest that you read over it very carefully and if you have any questions pertaining to the "Assumption of Risk Waiver" Please DO NOT hesitate to call our Pilot Andre Boucher at 603-432-6911
HOW LONG IS THE FLIGHT?
Flight times can vary based on weather conditions and landing sites but usually lasts about an hour, but due to the nature of ballooning the time can vary a little either side of an hour. From the time you arrive until the time you are returned to your vehicles you should allow yourself about 3 hours.
WHERE DO WE TAKE OFF FROM?
The direction of the wind on the day of your flight will determine which site is most appropriate. A & a Balloon Ride, LLC will launch our balloon from either the Salem, NH or the Derry, NH area depending on the wind speed and direction.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Tickets, coupons or gift certificates if the flight was a gift or purchased in advance. We do recommend that you bring a camera to capture your experience. No carry on bags are allowed in the basket. Our experienced crew will be in the with our Chase Van throughout your flight, so if you do bring a bag to the field, it may be left with them.
Our passengers are welcome to help with both the set up and take down of the Balloon. You are not required to help with the setup or take down of the balloon but we find that it will only add to the entire Ballooning experience. Or you may choose to sit back and watch our experienced crew as they set up and take down the hot air balloon.
WHAT TO WEAR:
We fly year round so we like to ask that you dress for what ever the weather is forecasted to be the day of your flight. The temperature in the air is the same as the temperature on the ground! Dress casual and comfortable, shorts and dresses are not recommended. Morning launch sites are usually damp due to dew or snow; sneakers or waterproof footwear are recommended and high heels and flip flops are prohibited.
HOW DO WE GET BACK TO OUR CARS?
Our Chase Van, Trailer and crew will follow us throughout the flight. They will meet us when we land and are there to help with the deflation of the Balloon and packing it up for the next flight. Then, you will be transported back to your vehicles where you will join us for a champagne celebration.