Some of the most beautiful conditions to fly in can be during the winter when there is frost and snow on the ground, these conditions make the balloons colours stand out and give an extremely picturesque feel to the landscapes.  There are a lot of opportunities to fly in the mountains and though these areas do provide completely different wind conditions than, flatter landscapes, they are extremely challenging but exciting places to fly balloons.

 

Up through the clouds can give stunning photo opportunities and it does not happen that often but to see the sun on the clouds and the colours that it creates is well worth it when it is possible.  It is a weird feeling not being able to see the ground with the silence of the balloon and being able to touch the clouds from the basket awesome!!!!

 

As you are no doubt aware ballooning is very weather dependent, a bit like sailing except we like little wind.

 

The great British weather is often described as an A windy inflation

obsession, this can easily relate to balloonists, who

often stand in fields gazing at the skies and their

weather instruments trying to decide whether it will

be flyable and what the wind speeds will be.

 

This weather obsession is the same all over the world when balloons are being flown. 

There is an old saying that “I would rather be on the ground wishing I was up there, than being up there wishing I was on the ground”. 

Due to this we are very conscious that the weather forecast is studied before calling a flight and that our on site observations match the forecast.  Each of our pilots are very experienced and have taken examinations on meteorology.

 

Certainly the worst conditions for ballooning is strong winds, probably followed by Fog and mist or low cloud.  The main problem with fog is not being able to see obstacles on the ground including power lines when we are looking to land, but such conditions can give some excellent photographic opportunities.  Overall we do get enough great flying days and though there are the odd disappointments the great days always make up for it.