In the event of cancellation of the flight due to bad
weather conditions, we will refund all money paid in full.
What kind of equipment do you use?
All our balloon equipment meets the highest standards
and is manufactured by Kubicek Balloons&Airships Co. in the Czech Republic.
We use sturdy four-wheel drive Nissan "Navarra" ground support
vehicles for retrieval of the equipment from the fields.
What are the main parts of a hot air balloon?
A hot air balloon has three major parts: the envelope,
the burner, and the basket (or gondola). The basket is where passengers ride.
Usually made of wicker, baskets protect the occupants and are lightweight and
flexible. The burner is positioned above the passengers' heads and produces a
huge flame to heat the air inside the envelope. The envelope is the colorful
fabric sheath that holds the hot air. When the air inside the envelope is
heated, the balloon rises. To descend, the pilot allows the air to cool and the
balloon becomes heavier than air. The pilot has complete control of the
up-and-down movements by controlling the heat in the envelope.
What are envelopes made of?
Rip-stop nylon is the most common material, but
polyester and other fabrics are also used. The fabric around the lower opening
(called the mouth) of the balloon are usually made from a fire resistant
material like Nomex, similar to the suits that firefighters wear.
What is a balloon basket made of?
Woven wicker is used because it is lightweight,
flexible and easily repaired. It also looks attractive!
Are all hot air balloons alike?
All hot air balloons consist of a burner system, a
basket and an envelope. The differences are in the shape and size of the
envelope, the deflation system, the basket shape and design and the
configuration, design, and number of burners.
What fuel do balloons use?
Our hot air balloons carry up to 80 liters of propane in stainless steel fuel tanks.
Are there age restrictions?
The range of passenger ages may differ from 8 to100 years. The children with the minimum height of 1,30 meters are accepted on board.
How high do balloons fly?
Balloons normally fly below 1500 m, all within
Georgian Aviation Regulations. At these altitudes you will be able to observe
people and animals below you, since time appears to stand still for awhile.
What happens if the burner goes out?
If the burner goes out, the first burner will be
reignited. If that does not work, there is a second burner that can be relied
on to fly the balloon. If that fails, there is a third burner! If there are no
burners, the balloon will land at about the same rate as a parachute.
How do passengers stay in basket?
Passengers normally stand in the basket during the flight. But don't worry, the basket is chest high!