Facts

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WHO CAN FLY?
Anyone who is looking for a truly remarkable experience with a memory that will last a lifetime. We suggest that passengers be in good health and be capable of standing for the duration of the flight. If you feel that your health is in question please consult your doctor before scheduling your flight. Please review our Cancellation Policies to be sure that your flight comes off without a hitch. Our two oldest passengers, shown in the photos above were fulfilling a lifelong dream to fly in a hot air balloon. Mildred was amazing and as sharp as a tack at 97 years young. Charlie was incredible and celebrating his 100th birthday with us. It was a real honor having them on board. We suggest that children be six years of age or older to fly safely with us. Ballooning is the safest form of aviation in the world but there is always a risk of a hard landing. Passengers must be willing and able to handle such a landing. Since most of our passengers fly with us as a couple we ask that their total combined body not exceed 400 lbs. For two passengers exceeding that weight limit a surcharge may be imposed.  Please review a copy of our “Release of liability and assumption of risk agreement” and our “What you should know letter”. Every passenger is required to sign a release form before flight. The What You Should Know letter contains answers to the most commonly asked questions and explains the details involved with your reservation.

WHEN DO WE FLY?

High 5 launches with the first rays of the morning sun. That is when winds are calmest and nature is at her finest. We are often treated to a spectacular sunrise at the start of our journey. We don’t fly when the conditions are unsuitable for safe flight or when Mother Nature brews up a concoction of fog, rain, snow or excessive wind on the ground or aloft.

HOW LONG IS THE FLIGHT?

Flight times can vary based on weather conditions and landing sites but usually lasts about an hour. From the time you arrive until the time you are returned to your vehicles allow yourself three hours.

CAN I HELP?

Yes you may! Passengers will often help in both the set up and pack up of the Balloon. It enhances your appreciation of the balloon system and involves you in the entire experience. If not, sit back and watch our experienced crew as they set up this gentle giant.

WHERE DO WE MEET?

We will meet you at the North Salem Village Professional Center located at the intersection of route 111 and Ermer road in North Salem, NH. The physical address for GPS users is 15 Ermer Road Salem NH. For directions, please see the Directions page and Directions PDF.

LAUNCH SITES?

It may be from our own field or from one of our optional launch sites nearby. The direction of the wind on the day of your flight will determine which site is most appropriate.

LANDING SITES?

Although they don’t have steering wheels, we can use changes in wind direction that can vary with altitude to maneuver the balloon to a preferred site. Typically someone’s back yard or field.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Please dress to suit the weather on the day of your flight. Launch sites can be wet with the early morning dew. Therefore, we suggest long pants and water-resistant footwear (please no open toed shoes or sandals). The temperature aloft is no colder than that on the ground. In fact, it can be more comfortable since we are traveling with the wind. It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses and a brimmed hat, like a baseball cap.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Tickets, coupons or gift certificates if the flight was a gift or purchased in advance, and of course your cameras and video recorders to bring the memories home.

HOW DO WE GET BACK?

Our chase crew, custom-outfitted vehicle and trailer will follow us throughout the flight. They will meet us when we land and stow the balloon in the trailer, ready for the next flight. After your flight we will transport you to our picnic area where you will be treated to a champagne celebration and a delicious complimentary picnic. It’s a great way to wind down after your awesome flying adventure. Then it’s back to your vehicles and on your way home.

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