common ballooning questions from winter
flying to flight time of day
Q. What are the flight times and how are they determined?
The approximate flight time varies depending on the month and date of your flight. We will confirm
the exact time with you but, in the meantime, you can check the approximate flight times (and when to show up ahead of
the flight time) on our Approximate Flight Times page. The winds
are the lightest at these times thus allowing us to be able to fly.
Q. It would be great to have photos of our experience - I guess there's no way, is there?
All flights are followed by a complimentary champagne, non-alcoholic drinks and hors d'oeuvres tailgate
party. This provides a great opportunity for passengers to communicate with the pilots, crews and other passengers! Normally there
are multiple balloons so passengers take photos of each other's hot air balloons and the photo exchange arrangements can start at
the tailgate party with an exchange of email addresses.
Q. Do you fly year round?
A. Yes, weather permitting, we offer sunrise & sunset flights - seven
(7) days per week, 365 days a year. The flying times will vary with the
Q. Is it too cold to fly in
the winter? A.
No, the balloon requires less heat with the colder air. Less burner time
means a quieter flight. Some of the cold you feel on the ground comes
from the wind, up there you move with the wind. Floating above the snow
covered countryside is special.
Q. What is the best way to contact you?
A. Call 888-301-2383, all flights are personalized and require specific
information (accepting calls from 8 am to 8 pm daily).
Q. How long does the flight last?
A. The whole experience, from helping with the inflation (optional), to
the last of the champagne takes about 3 hours. Actual flight time is an
hour +or-, determined by possible landing spots in the direction of flight.
When we depart, we never know where we are going to land. Every flight
is an adventure, even for the pilot!
Q. Will we be the only passengers?
A. Yes. Most of our flights are exclusive. This is your option.
Q. How much ballooning experience do you have?
A. I have been flying balloons since 1974.
Q. Are you insured?
A. Yes, we are (although it is not required).
Q. Is the launch site licensed?
A. Yes, The State of NJ requires commercial operators to fly from a licensed
Q. Where do we fly?
A. Over the rolling hills and small towns of scenic Hunterdon County near
the Spruce Run Reservoir.
Q. Can you handle special requests?
A. You bet, just call and ask us.
Q. When is the best time to fly, sunrise or before sunset?
A. Both times are great! I prefer sunrise, sometimes a large fog hangs
over Spruce Run Reservoir making the flight even more serene.
Q. Should I be concerned about motion sickness?
A. Not at all. There is no feeling of motion during the flight.
Q. What if I have a fear of height?
A. A lot of people express this concern. Ballooning is a very relaxing
sport, sometimes passengers aren't even aware they have left the ground.
Let the pilot know before the flight, he/she will stay low until you are
Q. Are reservations and deposit required?
A. Yes they are.
Q. Is it possible to make a reservation and fly on the same day?
A. Yes it is possible, depending on balloon availability.
Q. Why should I choose Tom Baldwin and In Flight
Balloon Adventures LLC to pilot my balloon adventure.
A. Please see our Rates page
that outlines the important considerations in choosing a balloon company.
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