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Flight Dates

July 22nd, 2008

When purchasing a balloon flight voucher, you do not need to specify a flight date. Most customers prefer to leave the date “open ended” so that the recipient can make their own arrangements. However, if you have a preferred date, then this can be requested at the time of purchase.

We schedule flights twice each day (dawn and dusk), throughout the entire year. Whether it be a weekday, weekend or even Bank holiday, it makes no difference to us!

To get an idea of availability over the next 40 days, take a look at our Dates page. Through the Dates page, customers can book or re-book flights date to suit themselves – and of course being internet based this can be done 24hrs a day, at any time to suit the customer.

Of course, if you prefer, you can always speak to our office staff on 01889 882222, and they will be pleased to help select a date. The office is always open from Monday – Friday (9am – 5pm), and sometimes at weekends as well.

 
 

Flight Safety

July 21st, 2008

When compared to any other form of recreational aviation, hot air ballooning has an enviable safety record. This is no doubt due, in some large part, to the relatively slow speeds at which we travel, but is also a reflection upon the high safety standards across our industry. Every commercial balloon operating company in the UK must be granted an Air Operator’s Certificate by the Civil Aviation Authority before carrying fare-paying passengers. In addition, pilots of such companies need to hold an unrestricted commercial pilot’s licence (rated on balloons), and the balloons themselves are designed and maintained as public transport category aircraft – just like a commercial airliner!

The pilots are required to take an annual flight exam, and regular medicals by a CAA appointed medical examiner. In addition, company chief pilots regularly observe company aircrew performance, and help to maintain high standards of safety and competence.

So, as you can begin to appreciate, there is a wealth of training and preparation before we even consider launching ourselves into the sky! Take a look at our flights page to see our chief pilot, Andy Rawson, in action!