Why do hot air balloons travel so high? It’s all in the air: hot air balloons are buoyant because hot air is lighter than cold, so they can travel above the prevailing winds. Hot air balloons can travel up to 59,000 feet, and the higher you go, the cooler the ambient temperature—which means the air… Continue reading How Does Temperature Affect Hot Air Balloons? Read Here
Hot air balloons are a wonderful way to travel, especially if you’re in a remote area where commercial flights are impossible. But there are a few risks involved. The cold that can occur when traveling in the air can make you feel like you’re in a freezer, and if you’re not careful, you can easily… Continue reading Has Anyone Flown Around The World In A Hot Air Balloon?
The World Hot Air Ballooning Organization has been collecting statistics on hot air balloon festivals for quite some time now, and they just released the results for the state of Massachusetts (USA). The top three states with the largest number of hot air balloon festivals are: Florida, Arizona, and California. This year’s San Francisco Bay… Continue reading What State Has The Largest Hot Air Balloon Festival?
Hot air balloons are a staple of childhood memories, and many adults can remember the thrill of seeing them in the sky. They are also a popular form of transportation—for tourists and business travelers, and even for military bases and prisons. And, of all the different types of hot air balloons, the one used for… Continue reading What Safety Features Does A Hot Air Balloon Have?
More than a decade ago, I had the pleasure of being a passenger in a hot air balloon before it was legal to do so. The pilot explained the safety procedures, but I was still unprepared when we had to release the balloon envelope and float upward. The thing about hot air balloons is that… Continue reading How Do You Learn To Fly A Hot Air Balloon?
You know the feeling. You’re gliding along at 200 knots and you’re seated in a hot air balloon that’s cruising along at 200 knots. You look out the window and you’re mesmerized by the beautiful scenery below. You have to force yourself to look away from the window, you’re so captivated. When it comes to… Continue reading Do You Get Motion Sickness In Hot Air Balloon? Read Here
The phrase “I’m flying” is a common expression of excitement and joy, and it is not uncommon to see hot air balloons soaring in the sky during these times, as well. In fact, it’s common to see balloons everywhere during the summer months, and a trip to a state fair or county fair will usually… Continue reading Are You Harnessed In A Hot Air Balloon?
In the early part of the 20th century, hot air balloons were mainly used for scientific or commercial purposes. But by the late 1930s, the number of hot air balloons had increased dramatically and was being used for research, movie aerial photography, and even to advertise products such as cigarettes and candy. However, the most… Continue reading Has A Plane Ever Hit A Hot Air Balloon?
In the past few years, the trend of hot air ballooning has exploded globally, from the United States to France and China. As the number of hot air balloon enthusiasts grows, so does the worldwide demand for affordable hot air ballooning equipment. Hot air balloons can be a lot of fun. The four-place metal framed… Continue reading How Much Does It Cost To Own A Hot Air Balloon? Know Here
So we’ve got a great summer to look forward to in many parts of the world. But what happens if it rains? Usually, pilots won’t launch a hot air balloon when there is precipitation in the area. However, some will decide to fly, while others will not. It entirely depends on the situation, so let’s… Continue reading Do Hot Air Balloons Fly-In Rain? Find Out Here!