Hovering above the great canyons and flying in a balloon to the top of the Rockies is the kind of experience that many people consider perfect for a holiday. Unlike planes, balloons allow you to hover above the target destination and drift slowly enjoying the lovely breeze and sceneries. Now, you do not have to keep hiring a balloon every other weekend you go out for a holiday. A better the idea is to own one. In this post, we explore what you need to know to own a hot air balloon.
Benefits of owning a hot air balloon
- You can set out for holiday anytime without incurring extra cost
- The balloon can be hired to other travelers who want to get out for holiday
- Hot-air balloon owners can use them for advertising brands and VIP traveling
- They are crucial components for conservation because they take visitors and researchers to areas that vehicles cannot reach
- It is a personal asset just like your car
Determining the best hot-air balloon to buy
To get the right balloon, you need to consider it like you are purchasing a new car. They come in varying passenger capacity, engine sizes, and models. If you are interested in private flying only, consider a 3,000 cubic meters balloon. The standard system comes with a 2,300 cubic meters envelop, K12 basket, and Ignis Double Burner. Such a system can take a pilot and a maximum of 3-4 passengers depending on the prevailing weather condition. Many companies selling the balloons send them with representatives to deliver to your site, help you understand the system and regulations.
The process of purchasing a hot air balloon
To get a new hot-air balloon takes about 12 weeks or three months. This process can be broken down into the following steps.
- You decide the balloon type by checking with the seller. You can follow specific models or cost.
- Decide the preferred design. The manufacturers can deliver a wide range of designs with varying colors to match client’s personal tastes.
- Follow the manufacturer’s configurator to check all the necessary accessories that you need to order together with the balloon.
- Determine the type of preferred flame for heating the balloon. Do you prefer an envelope with the same burner brand or a different one? Do you prefer a big or small flame?
- Once all these details are selected and captured well, the sales team will make clarifications and then draw a price for you. The manufacturers are also flexible to include your logo so that the balloon will always give the impression of your organization or theme.
- When the sales department and the client agree on the particulars and price, an order is placed and a purchase agreement signed. This will mark the beginning of the balloon production. Some companies require about 50% of the balloon payment and the remaining amount before the balloon is released to you.
- During production, some companies even allow their clients to visit and experience the process.
- Before the balloon takes the first flight, the company ensures that it is appropriately insured and certified. You will also be required to get a certified pilot for safe flying.