F.A.Q

 

Cappadocia is one of the most perfect places on earth, not only for its beautiful landscape, but also for soaring peacefully in hot air balloons. The sensation of ballooning is very gentle and its calming effect seems to put the world below into perspective. Rock formations and world-famous fairy chimneys drift into view, giving you an unmatched feeling of being above it all.

 

♦ Where are Balloons made?

All our balloons are made in Spain by Ultra Magic in year 2012 - 2013

 

♦ Where do we fly?

We change our take-off site everyday acording to wind speed and direction. So we can show you the most charming valleys and hills of Cappadocia.

 

♦ When do we fly?

We schedule flights morning and evening, seven days a week, year-round. Our each flight is custom tailored to the weather conditions of the day by our experienced pilots.

 

♦ When don’t we fly?

Sometimes flights have to be cancelled because of adverse weather conditions such as high winds speeds, poor visibility, low cloud or rain. Our pilots base their decisions on the latest forecasts from the office and local airports and they will always call flights on if it is possible to do so.

 

♦ Will be cold up there?

Actually you will be warmer in the balloon. Hot air balloons float with the wind so there is no wind chill. Generally in the morning as we climb the air actually gets warmer by a few degrees.

 

♦ How long is the flight?

About an hour, depending on prevailing weather conditions and suitability of landing sites, but you should allow at least four hours for the whole experience.

 

♦ Why do you fly so early in the morning?

Balloons are completely dependant on the wind. In other words we do exactly what the wind does. As the sun heats the earth the air begins to boil just like a pot of water. Early morning air is best for your safety. The first hour of light in the morning is the safest time of the day.

 

♦ How far will we fly?

We will go as far as the wind will take us. Remember balloons float with the wind. We have seen days where we flew for one hour and 15 minutes and went one mile! We have also seen days where we flew for 45 minutes and went 27 miles.

 

♦ Is the landing bumpy?

Very rarely. We usually land very calmly but if the wind picks up on landing there will be a bump and the basket will drag on the landing field untill it comes to a halt.

 

♦ Can children fly?

Children between 6 and 12 years old can fly with a responsible adult. They will have 50% discount. However, younger children become a bit bored and uncomfortable due to having to stand for an hour in the same place and we can’t accept them.

 

♦ How High do Balloons Fly?

Most balloonists enjoy low level flight. The typical balloon flight would be anywhere from tree level to about 900 meters (3000 feet) above the ground. For Cappadocia Balloon flights, it is not really necessary climbing to high altitudes. For a short time, its good to have panaromic view of Cappadocia then it might be boring. Also most of he time, there are strong air currents in higher altitudes to carry the balloon way far from the most significant areas.

 

♦ How Are Balloon Pilots Licensed?

Balloons are registered like any other aircraft and are subject to regular airworthiness checks. The CAA will not allow a balloon to be certified as airworthy unless these inspections and checks are done by authorized maintenance personnel and certified by them. All pilots are licensed by the CAA and have to pass regular flight checks.

 

♦ What Instruments Do Balloons Use?

An altimeter to indicate altitude, a variometer showing its rate of climb or decent, a compass to show directions, the fabric is at the top of the balloon. Each propane tank has a fuel gauge and the burner has a fuel pressure gauge.

 

♦ How Do We get back to the hotel?

The balloon is followed by a chase vehicle and the crew. They are in constant contact with the balloon pilot by radio and should be at the landing site at the same time as the balloon. Once the balloon is packed away (and the ceremonies are complete) the shuttle will take you back to your hotel.