FAQs

Questions We Get Asked Most

After 40 years taking adventure seekers high above Louisville, we’ve developed this list of commonly asked questions.

 

Does Balloon Odyssey give Balloon Rides?

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Does Balloon Odyssey give Balloon Rides?

Yes.   We love to share ballooning with others.  Balloonists fly for the pure pleasure of flying. Once you have experienced the exhilaration of silent flight you will anxiously await your next opportunity to fly. You will look forward to sharing this adventure with your family and friends. Please see our balloon rides page for additional information.

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Where do we meet for a balloon flight?

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Where do we meet for a balloon flight?

We originate each flight from 108 Urton Lane, Louisville, KY 40223. We are conveniently located with easy access to the Gene Snyder Freeway. View Larger...

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How Long Does a Balloon Flight Last?

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How Long Does a Balloon Flight Last?

The actual flight time averages about an hour. The entire ballooning experience, including pre-flight preparation, flight and post-flight celebration, may take two to three hours.  You will meet us in Middletown, Ky and we will return you to your vehicle after the flight.

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When Do You Fly Hot Air Balloons?

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When Do You Fly Hot Air Balloons?

Hot Air Balloons operate best and safely when atmospheric air conditions are dry and stable with light winds. Early in the morning and late evening tend to provide the best conditions most of the year as during the middle of the day the heat of the sun generates thermals which make the balloon very difficult to control. We schedule both morning and evening flights year round.  Our morning flights meet approximately 30 minutes before sunrise, and our evening flights meet about 2-1/2 hours before sunset. Please call to reserve your flight...

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Is there an Age Requirement for a Balloon Ride?

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Is there an Age Requirement for a Balloon Ride?

We suggest that children should be tall enough to stand in the basket and see over the top of the basket. In addition, we suggest that children be old enough to be able to stand in the basket for about an hour without getting too restless.    This is for their own enjoyment. If children do not meet these guidelines, it is highly unlikely that they will enjoy the experience. It has been our experience that children who have reached age 10, usually, meet these guidelines.  

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Can I get Involved Without Buying a Balloon?

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Can I get Involved Without Buying a Balloon?

Most people learn the ropes by joining the crew of a local balloon pilot, assisting in flight preparation, following the balloon during flight, and helping in balloon recovery.   This includes the champagne celebration following each flight!  It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make new friends.  We would love for you to join us.  Check our our crew page for details and get involved! Another option is to join a local club that organizes races and community functions. The Balloon Society of Kentucky (BSOK) is one such club. ...

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How Much Does a Balloon Cost?

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How Much Does a Balloon Cost?

Like cars and boats, new balloons can vary in size and amenities. Smaller, “sport” models start at around $24,000. These balloons typically carry a pilot and one or two additional people. The larger balloons that can carry two or three passengers in addition to the pilot will range between $30,000 and $48,000. Prices vary widely depending on the type of basket, burner, artwork and “extras” selected. There are also good used balloons on the market that vary in price with size, age and flight hours.

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Do You Need a License to fly?

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Do You Need a License to fly?

Yes – although actually what you must have to fly is a pilot certificate. (A certificate is proof that a skill is obtained and recognized by a governing agency. In pilot lingo, it’s referred to as your “ticket.”) There are two levels of balloon pilot ratings. The first is a private pilot rating, where the pilot must have at least 10 hours of flight time in free balloons, which must include six flights under the supervision of an instructor. The private pilot must pass a written test, an oral exam and a pilot proficiency check ride...

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What Equipment is Required for Balloons?

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What Equipment is Required for Balloons?

Balloons systems include several parts: The envelope (the fabric portion of the balloon), the basket, burners and fuel systems. The material for Aerostar balloon envelopes is made of an exclusive Aerostar Diamond Weave (TM) ripstop nylon with tough, durable coatings for heat and air retention. The basket is made of wicker, which is strong yet flexible and is aesthetically pleasing. With so many new synthetic materials to choose from, why still use wicker?  It is still the best choice for strength, flexibility, impact-absorbency, as well as...

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Who Can Be a Balloonist?

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Who Can Be a Balloonist?

Balloon pilots come from all walks of life.    Anyone with the desire to learn to fly a balloon can become a pilot.   Balloon Odyssey, Inc. offers pilot instruction by a FAA certified instructor.

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When do balloons fly?

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When do balloons fly?

Winds are generally most favorable the first hours after sunrise and the last hours before sunset.  During the midday hours the sun’s uneven heating of the earth’s surface causes strong, variable winds and turbulence.  In the morning, it takes a few hours for the sun to heat the earth’s surface enough to generate the thermal activity that creates wind.  In the evening, the sun’s intensity has diminished enough to reduce winds to acceptable flight levels. Ideal winds are 3 to 8 mph.

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How High Do Balloons Fly?

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How High Do Balloons Fly?

Balloons typically fly from treetop level all the way up several thousand feet, depending on what the pilot is trying to accomplish. The world record in a specially-equipped hot air balloon is over 72,000 feet! During most balloon rides, the balloon remains within 1,500 feet of the ground – close enough to view wildlife and maybe your neighborhood, and occasionally pluck a few leaves from the trees.

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What Fuel Do Balloons Use?

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What Fuel Do Balloons Use?

Hot-air balloons carry 20 to 45 gallons of propane in stainless steel fuel tanks, to make them both super-strong and light weight.  Like the engine and the brakes in your car, a balloon’s propane burner gives you the power to ascend as well as the ability to slow down a descent.

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Can You Steer a Balloon?

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Can You Steer a Balloon?

No, not in the true sense.  A balloon travels freely with the wind.  Balloons float on wind currents.  Balloonists can steer, to a limited extent, by adjusting the balloon’s altitude to make use of different wind speeds and directions.  Generally speaking, in the northern hemisphere, a balloon can make a “right turn” as it ascends and a “left turn” as it descends.  This is due the Coriolis effect.  But every day is different, and balloon pilots learn to be very “flexible” as to where they might land.

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How Do Balloons Fly?

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How Do Balloons Fly?

A Hot Air Balloon is an aerostat in which the lifting force consists of hot air produced by means of a propane burner.  Balloons operate through the basic principles of gravity and heat transfer.  As air inside the balloon is heated, it rises.  This warm air is hotter than the air outside the envelope and it is therefore less dense. This means that the air inside the balloon is lighter that that on the outside.  If we have enough of this lighter air generated inside the envelope then the balloon will continue to rise. The Hot Air Balloon...

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What does it cost for 3 or more passengers?

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What does it cost for 3 or more passengers?

Please contact us for special rates for larger groups.

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