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Hot Air Balloon flights ride Aylesbury Milton Keynes Bedford Northhampton Champagne flights private hire balloon engagement flight voucher gifts special offers

During our years of operating we have been asked many questions about various aspects of ballooning and our balloon flights. We hope the following will assist with answering any questions you may have. If after browsing the following you still have a question please telephone, or contact us via our enquiry form on our Bookings and Enquiries page.

Please click on the links below or scroll down the page to see answers to our most frequently asked questions.

When is the best time to fly ?
What time of day do we fly ?
What should I wear ?
What happens to friends who want to watch the launch ?
Where can we fly ?
Where will we land ?
How long does it take ?
How high do we fly ?
How safe is Ballooning ?
Am I insured ?
How many people go in the basket ?
Can I bring a camera ?
Can I give a voucher as a gift ?
How do I book ?
Do you offer VIP flights ?

When is the best time to fly ?

Our main season is between April and October. Weekend summer evenings are the most popular, but spring and autumn can produce some of the best flying conditions, with changing colours and flights of greater distances. We keep a winter standby list for passengers who would like to fly out of the main season, should good air and ground conditions prevail.

What time of day do we fly ?

Balloon flights are made either early morning or evening when the winds are at their calmest. The time varies throughout the season as with the daylight hours. Typically from May - August we start at 6:30 in the morning and 6:30 in the evening. During the winter we can usually fly any time of the day.

What should I wear ?

Ladies, please do not wear high heels. Walking boots, shoes, or wellingtons are advisable as the field can often be very damp early morning and evening. Trainers are fine when the ground is dry. Have your shoulders covered and bring a hat because the burner creates quite a lot of radiant heat, you may not need it, but it is better to be prepared. It is just as warm in the sky as on the ground - wear the same clothes that you would wear to go out for a walk, on the same day.

What will happen to your friends who want to watch the launch ?

They are most welcome to watch the inflation and then follow the Landover and trailer to the point of landing, only one vehicle per passenger please. If you have many friends, we would suggest they stay behind for a picnic or visit the nearest pub! Congestion is easily caused on the road with a long queue of vehicles following the balloon. Please note, we do not have space for friends in the retrieve vehicles and champagne is only provided for the passengers.

Where can we fly ?

Champagne Flights fly mainly over Bucks Herts Beds and Oxon. Our main launch sites are on the vale of Aylesbury; please visit our launch site page for more information.

Where will we land ?

Balloons fly with the wind, so we only know the approximate direction, not the exact landing point.

How long does it take ?

The flight lasts for about an hour or so but please allow three to four hours in total. Ballooning takes place in light wind conditions and good visibility with no rain. Flights take place early in the morning and early evening) when winds are light and the weather stable. Launch times vary with the time of sunset and sunrise.

How high do we fly ?

Mostly not above 3500ft. Normally our cruising height is around 1000ft, but this will vary according to conditions at the time of your flight.

How safe is Ballooning ?

The answer is very safe. Hot air Ballooning has the best safety record of any form of flying. We only fly when conditions are safe, our pilots are highly qualified and all are commercially licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Am I insured ?

The balloon and passengers are insured to the maximum of five million pounds for any one claim.

How many people go in the basket ?

We operate balloons, which hold 5 and 8 passengers. Our philosophy has always been to fly small groups, where we can look after and entertain all on board to the best of our ability, giving our passengers a memorable, quality experience.

Can I bring a camera ?

Yes please bring your camera, but we cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage incurred during the flight or landing.

Can anybody fly in a balloon ?

Anyone from 8 years upward. Passengers must be fit and well, able to stand for one hour (leaning on the basket) and should be able to bend their knees a little for the landing.

Can I give a voucher as a gift ?

Our vouchers are valid for one year, and everyone is issued with a named voucher, even for a surprise flight on a special date.

How do I book ?

Simply book over the telephone with a credit or debit card on 01296 641153 or Book Online NOW! The voucher can be sent to you by return of post, if it is required urgently as a gift, or even collected from our office out of hours, by prior arrangement. Remember to fill out all of your contact numbers on the booking form, we may need to contact you at short notice on the day of your flight. If the voucher is a surprise gift, please give a “no contact before date” to ensure that we know it is a surprise.

Do you offer VIP flights ?

We do offer charter flights. This means you can hire the complete balloon and crew at a fixed rate, and fill the places with friends, family, colleagues or clients. We are also prepared to travel to a take off location of your choice, provided the area is suitable for ballooning, with regard to terrain and controlled airspace. Prices will vary according to your location, and travelling distances.

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