Hot air balloon landing and pack up
There are two types of hot air balloon landings. Stand up landings and tip over landings. Both types of landings are safe for passengers. Stand-up landings occur when the wind is slow. If the wind is 8-20mph on landing, you may get the opportunity to experience a tip-over landing. On landing, the pilot opens the top of the balloon releasing hot air. Due to the momentum, the basket tips on a 60-degree angle and slides along the ground. As the balloon deflates, the basket will layover on the side. Assuming passengers have followed crew and pilot instructions, everyone will be safely lying on their back. Tip-over landings typically happen more often on hot air balloon rides that take place at sunset. If you have young kids or are worried about a rougher landing, you’ll want to select a sunrise flight. Most sunrise flights finish with a stand-up soft landing.
While passengers are sipping on champagne, the crew will pack up the hot air balloon and load it onto the trailer. That whole process can take up to 30 minutes. It’s pretty impressive watching the crew work!
The drive back
All hot air balloon flights are different, and some travel further than others. The ride back to your vehicle is typically 20-30 minutes. That’s a great time to airdrop photos to your fellow passengers or leave a quick review on our site.
Passengers often ask us about tipping
If you had a great experience, consider tipping your guide and crew in the same manner as you would at a restaurant. The pilot and crew all split tips.