Blair's Ballooning

UP, UP AND AWAY!

EXPERIENCE SERENITY AND PEACE WHILE FLOATING OVER THE COUNTRYSIDE AS THE SUN RISES OR SETS. FLY WITH THE BIRDS AND OBSERVE WILDLIFE MARVELING AT THE SIGHT OF A BEAUTIFUL HOT AIR BALLOON FLOATING OVERHEAD. VIEW LAKES, ESTATE HOMES AND SO MUCH MORE!

Our Springtime / Summertime Calendar is in Progress

If you have a Date in Mind and do not see it avaliable on our Calendar, please reach out to us (302)202-3338, and we will work with you to get you accomedated!

We would like to thank you for stopping by and checking us out!

Welcome to Blair Ventures!


You will find information on who we are and what we are all about; including how we got started, (family history in ballooning) pricing, safety measures, what to wear, weather conditions (how it pertains to your scheduled flight) refund policy, where to go and timing on when to arrive.

yellow blue and green hot air balloon

We've been ballooning since 1981
A Family Tradition


The Blairs have many Years of Experience

Our Pilots are very Experienced
Our balloons and equipment are in excellent condition
Our crew is very tentative to your needs

Safety Measures

Before the flight, your pilot will give you a pre-flight briefing on what to expect. Pay close attention during this briefing. Adhere to the pilot's instructions at all times. If you see something that concerns you, please advise the pilot.

Some of the things you may be briefed on (but not limited to):

Do NOT stand within 5' of the Fan

Do NOT walk on Balloon Material or allow any children to do so either.

Do NOT pull on any ropes or hoses in the basket.

Do NOT touch any of the burner controls.

DO NOT EXIT until the pilot instructs you to do so.

Keep your hands inside the basket and do not lean out.

Face forward in front of the pilot and bend your knees when we land.

Please stow your cell phone and camera for landing.

multicolored hot air balloon in the sky during daytime

What Do I Wear ?

Clothing, Footwear, Gloves, etc....

The attire for ballooning is casual. To maximize your enjoyment, dress appropriately for the weather on your scheduled flight date. On cooler days It is recommended that you dress in layers to increase your comfort. For your safety, we require you wear athletic shoes and long pants. You may be climbing in and out of a basket. Open toed shoes, high heeled shoes are not permitted. Also you may be required to walk in wet/cut grass, therefore your best footwear would not be the favorite choice. Shorts are not recommended. Due to heat generated by the balloon, a hat is suggested for very tall passengers. Occasionally on higher humid days, the burners drip condensation (Water) sometimes that water has some soot in it, so we'd recommend darker shirts or shirts that you wouldn't care if it gets a spot on it. We've never had any issues getting it to wash out, but have not tested with all clothing materials.
A lot of people ask, "Is it cold up there?" Typically, the temperature difference is 3.5 - 5 degrees less per 1000' and we occasionally fly as high as 3000' but an average flight, we fly to about 1000 -1500' therefore if the outside temp is 70 degrees on the ground, it will be around 65 degrees while flying up high.
With round-the-clock assistance, even on weekends and holidays, you can be sure we'll be here to answer all your questions.

What kind of Weather do Balloons fly in?

Weather Mother Nature does not always provide safe weather conditions for a Hot Air Balloon flight. Our pilots are trained and qualified to evaluate the weather conditions and decide if it is safe to fly the balloon. If they are unfavorable and we are unable to fly on the day of your scheduled ride, we will do our best to advise you several days and of course, the night prior or early morning of your adventure. Please understand that there are a few more factors that play into safe weather for a hot air balloon ride other than what you see on weather.com. Some examples include but are not limited to:

1. Winds aloft - if over 20mph at 3000' we will not fly commercially because the risk is too high for landings.

2. We look at Radar to make sure there are no storm cells within 75 miles.

3. Rain - We will NOT fly in rain because it can impair our vision not to mention ruin our equipment.

4. Fog can be a really big factor since we obviously need to be able to see where we are going and under FAA regulations we can only fly under VFR (Visual Flight Rules) 14 CFR 91.155

5. Low Ceilings (Low Clouds) as mentioned above for VFR, Balloonist are not allowed to fly in clouds.

6. Wind Direction - Wind sometimes tends to be blowing in a steady but unfavorable direction, If that direction would be taking us in areas that would make our flight too short due to it taking us out over the bay or right toward restricted airspace, we may have to postpone your flight or we may ask you if you wouldn't mind relocating to a better takeoff spot in order to get the most out of our ride.

7. And an obvious reason - High Winds The balloon stands over 75' tall and is just acting like a sail in the wind. Balloon Pilots generally will choose to not fly if the surface winds are over 7mph, We are really looking to give you an awesome adventure but WILL NOT put yours or our lives at risk.

8. No Wind - sounds weird but, this one could create problems by leaving us stranded over top wooded areas or bodies of water that give us nowhere to land.

9. TFR - NOT WEATHER RELATED AT ALL - A TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) could cause us to be grounded, For Example, if the president of the United States decided to take a visit near us, we would not be allowed to fly because the airspace is temporarily shut down during his/her visit. We would have to drive at lease 30 miles away from where POTUS is because that's typically the boundary of a presidential TFR. There could be other TFRs that take place as well, but POTUS is the most common.

These are a few reasons the pilot may have to explain to you why we may need to reschedule your flight. Ultimately it is the pilots decision for whether he or she is comfortable with the flight conditions and by law it is their decision if it is a Go or No GO for flight based generally upon the items mentioned above.

Please ensure that our office has a contact phone number or email address to reach you. If your ride is cancelled due to inclement weather, we will be happy to reschedule your balloon adventure for the next available date & time.

Is there a Weight Limit?


How much weight is too much for the balloon?
At Blair's Ballooning we like to be able to accommodate everyone, We can most certainly do that as long as the person can successfully be able to get themselves in and out of the basket with little to no assistance. Obviously, the heavier a person is the harder it may be for them to carry their own weight. It pretty much goes the same for the balloon. The more the balloon is weighed down, the less it can go up due to it having to heat it up more with the burners. The balloon has a maximum temperature it can reach before it simply cannot take up any more weight. Also that is extra wear and tear on the balloon and takes extra fuel to keep it in the air. The hotter the day, the less weight the balloon can carry due to the temperature differential being close together. If it is really cold out we can take more weight. On a typically day, let's say 75 degrees, We can carry 750lbs of passenger weight. If it's really humid, we can carry less.

$225 New Pricing for the Winter (Eastern Standard Time Season)

You can now take advantage of our new "For the Winter" Pricing!!! Schedule your winter flight now!
  On all shared flights from November 1st the price will be $225 per passenger. Regardless of time of day or day of the week. if you book 3 or more tickets the price becomes $210 per passenger.

Please understand that in the winter months there are fewer nice weather days (As far as winds are concerned) So please be patient with us as your flight may be rescheduled several times just to find that perfect day!.  Also understand that if you are not able to fly after purchasing the winter flight and want to reschedule for a "Daylight savings Season" ride, you will be expected to pay the difference in price depending on the day and time of day. FOR More info on WEATHER as it pertains to ballooning, Please see our Weather Section above.

Shared Flight Pricing

AKA: Flying with Other people

Weekday
AM Flight

$215*
$225 if < 3*

Above price includes up to 1 Person*

We require at least 3 passengers for us to confirm the flight for this option
Example: If you choose qty of 2 and we do not get anymore bookings for the day that you choose, you most likely be asked to move your booking to another day. In order to confirm your day, you would need to choose a private flight unless we get 1 or more people for the same time.
* you get the rate at $215 if you book 4 or more in your group

Weekday
PM Flight

$250

Above price includes up to 1 Person

We require at least 3 passengers for us to confirm the flight for this option Example: If you choose qty of 2 and we do not get anymore bookings for the day that you choose, you most likely be asked to move your booking to another day. In order to confirm your day, you would need to choose a private flight unless we get 1 or more people for the same time.

WeekEnd
AM Flight

$250

Above price includes up to 1 Person

We require at least 3 passengers for us to confirm the flight for this option Example: If you choose qty of 2 and we do not get anymore bookings for the day that you choose, you most likely be asked to move your booking to another day. In order to confirm your day, you would need to choose a private flight unless we get 1 or more people for the same time.

WeekEnd
PM Flight

$275

Above price includes up to 1 Person

We require at least 3 passengers for us to confirm the flight for this option Example: If you choose qty of 2 and we do not get anymore bookings for the day that you choose, you most likely be asked to move your booking to another day. In order to confirm your day, you would need to choose a private flight unless we get 1 or more people for the same time.

Private Flight Pricing

Use these options in order to keep your group "Just your group"

Prv Flight
Weekday
AM Flight

$725

Above price includes up to 2 People

That's just $241 per person

Prv Flight
Weekday
Evening Flight

$775

Above price includes up to 2 People

That's just $258 per person

Prv Flight
Weekend
AM Flight

$775

Above price includes up to 2 People

That's just $258 per person

Prv Flight
Weekend
Evening Flight

$850

Above price includes up to 2 People

That's just $283 per person

Prv Flight
Additional Person
Add-On

$225

This is for each additional people 3rd through 5th (up to 5 total in basket as long as the total weight is within limit)

Prv Flight
SunRise Flight
Add-On

$100

Arrive 45 minutes earlier
to take off in the dark of the morning and fly while the sun starts to come up

CANCELLATIONS

We understand that even though you have planned in advance, things can change, and you may need to cancel your reservation with us. Due to flight planning and balloon scheduling variables, we require cancellations to be made at least 5 days prior to the flight date. Therefore, we must be notified if you plan to reschedule, cancel or change the number of people in you party. We keep your deposit for no shows and cancellations made less than 5 days prior to your scheduled flight. Please contact our office to make changes to your reservation at 302.202.3338 CANCELLATIONS BY US - THERE IS NEVER A FEE IF WE CANCEL THE FLIGHT DUE TO UNSAFE WEATHER CONDITIONS OR ANY UNFORESEEN EMERGENCIES (ON OUR PART) THAT CAUSE US TO CANCEL YOUR FLIGHT, However, expect that we will hold your deposit and apply it toward your flight when we are able to safely get you airborne. We d

We are not responsible for your transportation, costs or time to and from the launch location prior and after your ballooning experience. If a balloon flight has been canceled due to the pilot's final word, Please understand that there is a reason for it and we would need to simply reschedule your flight.

three multicolored hot air balloons above mountain during daytime

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About us

Hot Air Ballooning has been a family tradition for 39 years. It has since become more than a hobby - something we love sharing with everyone! There is nothing better than being able to fly through the open sky and become a particle in the wind. There is no other feeling like it!

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