What to expect
Reservations are required. We usually meet our passengers in St. Charles County. Our passengers will park their vehicle and travel to the launch field in our balloon chase vehicle. Once we arrive to the field, our balloon crew gets to work unloading and preparing the aircraft. At this time, our pilot will give you a thorough safety briefing. Additionally, the passengers may partake in the setup or can just enjoy watching the setup of the balloon, or taking pictures. The setup takes about 20 minutes. Once setup and a final preflight check of the balloon are made, the passengers will be requested to board and a final briefing will be made. Our flights are approximately one hour long, depending on the winds and landing site options. Upon landing, our pilot and crew packs up the gear, and then a toast with a glass of champagne, or nonalcoholic beverage, and the traditional Balloonist’s Prayer ends your amazing adventure.
Hot Air Ballooning is a team sport and our pilot, Kurt, could not do what he does without the expert help of our ground crew. From driving the chase vehicle, to unloading and loading the balloon and basket, to launching, deflating and packing up the balloon, crew members are an integral part of having a safe balloon adventure.