Our pilot Tony Sica has been an FAA certified hot air balloon pilot since 1999. His love for the sport started 20 years ago in 1995 when he chased down a balloon that floated over his home in Derry NH. His children were so excited that he put them into the car and followed the balloon to its landing site. The pilot of the balloon was kind enough to put the children into the basket and floated them across the field to the site where the balloon was taken down. They never forgot that and neither did Tony. To this day if conditions at his landing sites will allow and there are any children present he will offer to put them into the basket for their own little mini flight. One that they will hopefully never forget. Since the company started in 1999 Tony has hosted passengers from every continent on earth. From small children to grandparents he has passed on his love of ballooning to thousands of passengers seeking the awesome experience of soaring with the wind in a hot air balloon. He invites you to share in this remarkable experience.
Our Balloons are manufactured by Cameron Balloons USA. This company produces the finest balloon systems in the world. It is a federally registered aircraft and inspected annually or every 100 hours of flight time, whichever comes first. Our balloon envelopes are appropriately named Smile High and Horizon High. Our large balloon, Smile High, balloon has enough lifting power to carry up to 1300 lbs. of passenger weight on an average New England day. Horizon High is used for flights with a total passenger weight of less than 800 pounds. The baskets have two burners (engines) as well as independent fuel systems with quick shut off valves for maximum safety and redundancy.
They stand between 75 and 83 feet tall, and are up to 70 feet in diameter. The balloon envelopes are constructed from more than 1000 square yards of rip stop nylon fabric, 1/2 mile of reinforcing nylon webbing and over 3 miles of thread.
The balloon envelopes weigh 260 and 420 pounds respectively and the baskets with full fuel tanks, weighs up to 600 pounds.
The burners are fueled by liquid propane and can produce up to 30 Million BTU’s of heat when both burners are ignited.
Once inflated, the balloons, the air inside and their cargo will weigh in excess of 2 tons.
Our balloons systems are meticulously maintained to assure our passengers a safe ride experience as well as a beautiful one.