The perfect hot air balloon landing

Landing a hot air balloon is both an art and a science. The science is getting the balloon to the ground with a soft landing, the art is having happy land owners and spot with easy access for balloon retrieval.

Last weekend we had a flight where we flew over the White River in Auburn Washington and used a steep decent in order to quickly descend through multiple wind layers to get to our landing spot. We came down at 700ft per minute and put some heat into the balloon about 120ft above the ground. The balloon decent evened out 10 ft above the ground allowing the trees to block all the wind around us.

Flight map of hot air balloon flight
Hot air balloon approaching landing spot

The owner of the property came out of his house enamored by the hot air balloon. Although he said we could land on his property, the wind moved us to a perfect spot on the road right next to his fenced in yard.

Hot air balloon ride landing

We came right over the fence and landed the balloon softly on the side of the road. Whenever you land a hot air balloon people show up. Over 10 people came out of their homes to see the balloon up close.

Perfect hot air balloon landing
Deflating the balloon
Hot air balloon crew

How we see it, is the more people that show up, the more help we have! Over the next 10 minutes, we deflated the balloon, packed it up, and put everything away in the trailer.

Hot air balloon packed up

The Last thing we needed to do was open a delicious bottle of champagne and toast to a perfect hot air balloon ride adventure.

Hot air balloon champagne toast
Hot Air Balloon Pilot Eliav C.
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Chief pilot of Seattle Ballooning. I get the opportunity to provide luxury hot air balloon rides just South of Seattle in front of Mt. Rainier. When you do what you love, it’s not considered work.

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