The feeling of ballooning is equally exciting in any area. The experience of floating in the sky and being carried away by the wind is amazing wherever you are, but certainly between the flight areas we have in Spain, one of the most spectacular is Guadix. For its mountain ranges and gorgeous landscapes it is the flight area that we recommend as especially impressive.
A balloon can be relatively steered. The pilot controls the height of the flight at all times. Direction and speed depends on the wind. The pilot will go up and down looking for different air currents to direct the balloon to where it suits him best. When flying in a balloon we depend on the weather conditions, therefore we have to be able to move in the direction of where we find air currents. When we fly in a balloon, we are part of the wind and move with it.
You should wear comfortable and appropriate clothing for the season – as if you were going for a walk in the countryside. In the winter it is the coldest only during takeoff. After the initial takeoff the temperature will increase throughout the flight.
There is no age restriction to be able to fly. But bear in mind that the passengers must be standing during the whole flight (approximately 1 hour), supported by the handrail. In exceptional cases we can provide a seat for those who have reduced mobility but it is more for emergencies than for a normal flight. Our balloons are not adaptable for people with wheelchairs.
In our opinion best time to fly is winter. The landscapes are very beautiful and the conditions are better for flights, when the weather is not too bad. Spring and autumn, are also very nice moments to enjoy the landscape. During the summer the flight conditions are more stable, but it is also the hottest time.
Many people with a fear of heights do not feel it anymore when they fly in a balloon. This may be because the balloon moves very slowly and does not have sudden movements therefore you adjust to being at high elevations. The feeling of floating might give you a sensation of security.
At dawn we find the most stable conditions at high altitudes. The wind usually moves in horizontal currents and there are no vertical elevations caused by the sun’s heat. (Vertical elevations being a factor of instability for balloon flight). The balloon has its own support with its burners, heating the air inside the candle. Therefore conditions are optimal in the morning, in the first hours before the heat causes this violent movement of the air.
There are several sizes of balloons. From the smallest ones that can carry just one person, to the “giants passenger flights” that can fit up to thirty people. The number of people a balloon can carry depends on the size of the sail and also the number of burners. Everything is in proportion, the largest balloon can carry the most people, etc.
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