NOTES + RESTRICTIONS
We are not able to fly: Ladies more than 3mths pregnant; Children less than 5 years of age; Anyone that has had major surgery in the last 6mths; Anyone that has had a broken leg/arm in the last 6mths; Anyone who suffers from chronic back or neck pain or injuries
DO BALLOON FLIGHTS RUN YEAR-ROUND?
Yes, we fly 12 months of the year. However, there is a greater possibility of cancellation due to inclement weather from October through March.
HOW ARE BALLOON PILOTS LICENSED?
The Federal Aviation Administration issues a Balloon Pilot Certificate to candidates who pass an FAA written examination, train a prescribed number of hours in a balloon, make a solo flight to altitude, pass a flight test, and submit a medical statement. Balloons are subject to regular air safety checks and are registered like any other aircraft. The FAA will not allow a balloon to be certified as airworthy unless these inspections and checks are conducted by authorized and certified maintenance personnel.
HOW DO I PAY FOR MY BALLOON FLIGHT?
You should pay your balloon ride by credit card via our online secure booking system. You can reserve your place instantly.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
Bring your camera, video cam, or phone to capture the best views of the Cappadocian region.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
The temperature in the balloon is considerably cooler than on the ground. Thus we advise that you wear long trousers and tops with long sleeves or a jacket. It is important that you wear comfortable footwear, as you will be standing in the balloon for at least an hour.
WHEN DO WE MEET FOR THE FLIGHT?
We will meet you at your hotel 30-60 minutes before your flight, depending on your hotel location. We will drive you to the launch site for a pre-flight buffet breakfast.
WHEN DO YOU CANCEL A FLIGHT?
Ballooning requires good weather. We do not fly in wind consistently above 11 kmph (7 mph), rain, snow, or fog. We also do not fly when thunderstorms threaten the area. Myriad other conditions can affect the decision to fly or not to fly, all of which will be duly considered by the pilot to ensure flight safety. The final decision regarding any flight rests with the pilot. If your scheduled flight is cancelled, the flight will be re-scheduled at no additional cost. If you are unable to re-schedule, all payments will be refunded in full.
WHERE ARE PICK-UP LOCATIONS?
Transfers between your hotel and the launch site are included if you are staying in any of our hotels in Avanos, Goreme, Mustafapasa, Nevsehir, Uchisar, or Urgup.
WHERE DO YOU FLY?
The take-off sites vary from day to day, according to wind speeds and direction, thus allowing us to visit the most charming valleys and peaks of Cappadocia.
WHERE WILL WE LAND?
Our balloons will land in any large area that is easily accessible, including parks, fields, school grounds, or alongside roads.
HOW FAR WILL WE TRAVEL?
Balloons travel anywhere between 4 and 20 km, depending on the wind speed that day.
HOW HIGH UP WILL WE GO?
Most balloonists enjoy low-level flights over the Cappadocia region to witness the spectacular rock formations, valleys, and fairy chimneys. The typical balloon flight extends anywhere from tree level to roughly 1000 feet (300m) above the ground.
HOW LONG BEFORE I WANT TO FLY SHOULD I BOOK?
Due to the popularity of balloon flights, we suggest booking in advance, especially if you want to fly on a particular date.
HOW WILL I GET BACK TO MY HOTEL?
The balloon will be followed by a chase vehicle, the ground crew, and the van that will transfer you back to your hotel. They are all in constant contact with the balloon pilot by radio and will be at the landing site when your balloon touches down. Once the balloon is packed away, and we have enjoyed a champagne toast, you will be driven back to your hotel in time to join any additional tours you may have booked for that day.
WHAT ARE THE BEST CONDITIONS FOR A BALLOON FLIGHT?
The balloons fly better in cooler weather, since the hot air gives it a better "lift." Balloonists usually fly just after dawn or before dusk because there is less wind.
WHAT IF MY FLIGHT IS CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN WEATHER CONDITIONS?
If the weather does not permit flying, your flight may be delayed until the following morning. We therefore recommend that you book your flight for your first available morning in Cappadocia to avoid missing out on this unforgettable experience. If your flight is delayed or cancelled, and you are leaving the following morning, all payments made will be refunded in full. Tickets may be transferred to alternative dates and are valid for one year, subject to our cancellation policy.
WILL WE TAKE OFF BEFORE SUNRISE?
We usually take off with the sun, the perfect time of day to take great photos and videos of the valleys and the lunar landscape and, of course, other balloons in the air. Some flights must take off after the sun rises due to weather conditions.
WHO CAN FLY A BALLOON?
Only pilots who are licensed by the FAA and have passed regular flight checks are allowed to conduct flights.
WHO CONTROLS BALLOONING AND ENSURES SAFETY STANDARDS?
The Federal Aviation Administration controls ballooning with the same strict regulations that apply to airplanes.
CAN CHILDREN FLY?
Children aged 0-4 are not allowed to fly. To maximize everyone's safety and enjoyment, our pilots only fly with children who are old enough to understand a preflight briefing and tall enough to see over the side of the basket unaided by a parent or guardian (usually at least 5 years old). Parents and guardians should be mindful of flight times with small children who can get bored and restless standing in the balloon for an hour.