Reservations can be paid in full or with a $50 non-refundable deposit. Deposits can be made with cash or check only. The balance will be collected prior to your flight payable with cash, check or credit card.
G.C.s are paid in full, never expire and are transferable with a notice from the “named” recipient on the certificate. G.C. passengers who fail to show up for a scheduled flight will be charged an additional fee to reschedule.
HOW MANY PASSENGERS CAN BE FLOWN AT ONE TIME?
The answer to this question is three other questions! 1. How big is the balloon? 2. How heavy are the passengers? & 3. How much space will the passengers take up in the basket? Our balloon can carry up to four passengers plus the pilot depending on passenger weight and size. If your party is more than four individuals, we will invite another balloonist to help us out.
Balloon flight is something to be Xperienced by everyone. However, infants and most young children do not appreciate the “magic” of balloon flight. Individuals will need the ability to climb into the basket, stand for an hour and help with light physical tasks (if you desire). If you have recently had broken bones, surgery, are pregnant or have medical issues you may want to check with your physician before scheduling or participating.
Balloons are lifting machines but have weight restrictions as do all aircraft. We would like to know if your weight is above 200lbs so we can balance the load.
CANCELLATIONS BY PASSENGER
If you cancel a scheduled flight, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. If you cancel less than 24 hours before flight or are a “no-show” for the flight, we reserve the right to keep the flight deposit or charge a rescheduling fee.
CANCELLATION BY SBX
Picking the correct conditions in which to fly are key to a great Xperience. Conditions that might cause SBX to cancel a flight are winds that are forecast to be too high, rain and or thunderstorms, snow making the roads hard to navigate for the chase crew and extreme heat and cold. Cloudy skies are not a reason to cancel.
Forecasts and FAA Briefers are consulted prior to asking passengers to travel to the launch/meeting site. Unfortunately, the weather is subject to change. Consequently, even if you have been asked to travel to the launch/meeting site, the final decision to fly or not is made by the pilot at the launch site. This is for everyone’s safety.
Contact us as soon as convenient if your flight is canceled. Weather doesn’t care that you’ve scheduled a flight!
WHAT TIMES ARE FLIGHTS AVAILABLE?
Flights are scheduled at sunrise and prior to sunset. The winds are most favorable at these times of the day.
All flight activities have inherent risks and dangers. Insurance underwriters require all passengers to sign a waiver in advance of a flight. View and print the waiver here.
HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I ALLOW FOR THIS XPERIENCE?
Expect to be busy with an Xperience for about 3 hours. The actual flight time will be on either side of an hour but an exact direction or distance flown is a variable and cannot be promised in advance. The landing site is determined by the pilot based on weather conditions and landing site availability.
HOW HIGH, FAST AND FAR WILL WE FLY?
In the Montgomery County area, legal balloon flight is from 500ft. to 3,500ft. Most flights usually top out at about 2,000 ft.
Balloons are propelled by the wind, so we will travel in the direction and speed of the winds at that time. Ground winds above 8-10 MPH are generally considered strong to unsafe. An average flight may cover 6 to 12 miles.
HOW DO WE RETURN TO THE LAUNCH SITE?
The ground/chase crew will bring the passengers, pilot, and balloon system back to the launch site. These volunteers follow the balloon with the vehicle and trailer and are in contact with the balloon via radio. The ground crew will meet the balloon at the landing site contact the landowners and help to pack up the balloon.
TIPPING THE CREW
The crew volunteers their time to help with our flights. There are “perks” to crewing on a hot air balloon team but they would greatly appreciate any “thank you” you offer them.
HOW SHOULD I DRESS
Dress for an outdoor activity: loose comfortable clothing with sturdy footwear. You might want to wear waterproof shoes if you are participating on a morning flight - sometimes the dew can be heavy. The temperature up in the balloon basket will be about the same as on the ground. No heeled shoes or sandals. Sturdy sneakers or light hikers with jeans are highly recommended. You may want some type of hat if you are tall.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring your signed waiver, the PDF file can be found on the website sportballooningxp.com. Bring your camera and maybe sunglasses!
NO SMOKING / NO ALCOHOL
SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED NEAR THE BALLOON OR IN THE BASKET. FAA regulations do not permit alcoholic beverages on board. Passengers showing signs of intoxication will not be allowed to board the balloon, again by FAA Regulation.