About Hot Air Ballooning Daily Activity


Please note the balloons launches are held in the evenings (6:30 pm) when it is less windy. Tethered rides are also given in the evening and earlier should weather conditions allow. Plan your trip according to your interests.

The Warren County Farmers Fair is a charming down home county fair. If you are not a big fan of agriculture and just coming for the balloon launches there will not see balloon activity during the day. See our FAQ's below.

If you are interested in taking a hot air balloon ride during the fair, here are some questions you may have before booking your ride. You may contact us at 908-454-3431 if you have questions that have not been answered here, or would like to book your flight.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Hot Air Ballooning

What is the hot air balloon made of? The balloon itself or “envelope” is made of 1.7 ounce, high tenacity, rip-stop nylon, the same type of material used in parachutes. Our basket or “gondola” is made of woven wicker and is all-woven in construction, giving it great flexibility and impact-absorbing qualities upon landing.

Is hot air ballooning dangerous? There is inherent danger in just about anything that we do. We usually tell people that it is safer in the balloon then in your car. Ballooning is like any type of flying. If you follow the rules, and use your common sense, it is as safe a sport as you make it.

How do you steer a hot air balloon? Winds vary at different altitudes. Every day is different, so some days are more steerable then others. You steer by going up and down to find the winds that are going the way that you want to go. That is the challenging part of flying hot air balloons - trying to get where you want to go.

How do hot balloons fly? Balloons fly when there is a less dense air mass created inside the balloon then the surrounding air. This is caused by heating the air inside the balloon.

What kind of fuel do hot air balloons use? Balloons use liquid propane. Most balloons carry between 30 to 40 gallons. In a typical flight we will use 15 to 20 gallons.

What days and times do you fly? 7 days a week. Morning and evening flights are available. Morning flights are at sunrise and evening flights are normally 2 hours before sunset

When is the best time to fly, in the morning or early evening?
Both times are very beautiful, though both are quite different. Even if you are not a morning person, the morning flight will be a pleasant eye-opener. You have to commit to waking up  early in the morning to go on the morning flight but it is well worth it. You will find yourself surrounded by beautiful farmland and rolling hills. At our Balloon Festival, we only have evening launches. For morning flights or flights other times of year visit www.njballoonrides.com.

Why do hot air balloons only fly at sunrise or a few hours before sunset? During the summer, the winds are the calmest in the morning or early evening. In our part of the country, balloons usually will not fly in winds more then 10-12 miles per hour. The hills and valleys create turbulence when it is windy, which makes it unsafe to fly. In the plain states where it is flat, balloons are able to fly in higher winds because the land is flat and therefore usually less turbulent. The heat of the sun also causes turbulence as it warms the ground. In the winter, it is possible for balloons to fly anytime during the day, if winds are not related to weather fronts.


How many people do you carry? Balloons come in all kinds of sizes. They can carry from one to fifty people. The larger the balloon the more people it will carry. We cater to couples, and carry two in each balloon unless requested otherwise.

Can you accommodate larger groups? No problem. Just give us a call for more details! 908-454-3431.

What about small children? There is no age restriction on flying small children. However you may want to take several things in to consideration. First, can your child see over the basket. Also, if your child has been around a balloon before, how did they respond to the burner. For those children that have never been around a hot air balloon before, the burner is quite loud and spits out an extremely large flame. Chances are a young child (5 or 6), no matter how much he tells you really really wants to go, will be scared by the burner and change his mind at the last minute. Young children tend to get bored because ballooning is not an exciting ride like a roller coaster.

 

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