Come Fly With Us!
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SELL BALLOON RIDES TO PASSENGERS THIS YEAR. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS JUST NOT POSSIBLE IN A BALLOON BASKET , (DISTANCE REQUIRED FOR AMOUNT OF TIME IN CLOSE PROXIMITY). WE WILL HAVE BALLOONS AT THE EVENT AND THEY WILL LAUNCH, WEATHER PERMITTING, BUT WILL NOT ACCEPT PAYING PASSENGERS. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE OR DISAPPOINTMENT TO OUR ATTENDEES.
Balloon Ride Application
For questions please contact Rebecca Elkins at 775-771-0897 or email@example.com
2020 Flight Times
Friday, September 11th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 12th
6:30 - 7:30 a.m. and5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 13th
6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Please note that balloon launch times are approximate and dependent on weather
Dear Rotary Festival Spectators,
We hope for favorable weather conditions during balloon launches, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas. On a flight by flight basis, it is my job to evaluate weather and determine if conditions are favorable for a safe outcome. My role as Balloonmeister is to protect the event and public, a responsibility that I take very seriously.
Balloon operations are extremely weather sensitive. Balloons do not have steering wheels or brakes, but rather float on the breeze like a soap bubble, with up and down controlled by heat.
Balloons launch at dawn and then again 2 hours before sunset when winds are most predictable and usually calmest. Flights last about 1 hour. Mid day tether balloon rides are a possibility but those performances are more weather sensitive than flights. If morning fog or surface wind in excess of 8 kts develops, our flight operations may be cancelled or delayed.
The balloon pilots attending this festival are handpicked, high hour, professional pilots. They love to fly. I hope that you have confidence in our collective abilities to provide you with a colorful and most importantly, safe, air show.
Rebecca Elkins, Balloonmeister