YOUR CHANDLER HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT EXPERIENCE...
Ballooning is an exhilarating experience for everyone - from
the neophyte adventurer to the seasoned veteran, from the young
to the more mature. "A magic carpet ride" and "riding
on a cloud" are two phrases that have been used to describe
the beauty, exhilaration and gentleness of ballooning. Even
though you travel at speeds of five to six miles per hour, there
is virtually no sensation of motion because you are flying with
the wind. Should you light a candle aloft, the flame would remain
motionless - there is no breeze since you match its speed exactly.
IN THE BEGINNING...
Your Chandler balloon adventure begins upon arrival at our Sonoran desert launch
site. You will receive a "pre-flight briefing" where
you'll learn more about the hot air balloon and how it flies,
plus other facts you should know to make your Chandler flight as enjoyable
All flights begin with the inflation of the balloon by motorized
fans. Once the envelope is filled with air, the propane burners
are ignited to heat the air inside. In about thirty minutes
we are ready for flight. Once your balloon is inflated, you
will join your pilot in the beautiful hand-created wicker
basket. The luxurious, over-sized basket has plenty of room
to allow everyone to enjoy the ride to the fullest.
UP, UP AND AWAY...
As you gently leave the Earth, you'll be amazed at how light
the balloon feels. During the flight you have an unobstructed
360-degree view to take excellent photographs.
We generally fly close to the
ground, usually under 400 feet. At this altitude you are able
to see the sights and sounds of desert life. We commonly see
jack-rabbit, quail, roadrunner and coyote. From time to time,
we encounter deer, javalina and other desert animals. Your
pilot will point out exotic desert plant life below and descend
to within inches of trees and cacti, much to everyone's delight.
The pilots often decide to
rise higher in order to give you a marvelous overview of the
valley. By changing altitude the pilots may also be able to
change direction by finding a shift in wind currents at another
You will be amazed at the excitement
and curiosity generated by the passage of our balloons. Occasionally,
cars will follow us over the narrow dirt roads in the desert
to rendezvous with us after landing.
BACK TO EARTH AGAIN...
Throughout your Chandler flight our ground crews follow over desert
lanes and roads so that they can be ready and waiting for
you upon your landing, always a gala occasion. You are greeted
in the traditional manner with flutes of champagne and scrumptiously
prepared gourmet food. First-time riders will be treated to
the legendary ceremony that balloonists all over the world
have been sharing for more than a century. Then, almost magically,
carpeting appears on the desert floor beneath your feet along
with a lovely table complete with linens and china, a clue
to what you are about to enjoy!
And finally, to prove your
difference from ordinary mortals, you will be inducted into
the ballooning society and awarded the Certificate d'Ascension
En Machine Aerostatique. There is nothing finer.