Cappadocia Balloon Flights

FAQ – What to Expect

What does it feel like during the Balloon Tour?
The feeling is one of peace as we drift over treetops and float over the countryside. Vertigo is almost never experienced and we are always happy to accommodate our passengers if they prefer low altitude Balloon Tour. Once aloft you will not notice turbulence or wind as you become one with the air currents.

The basket hangs motionless in the air-mass in which it is suspended.

In the calm conditions in which we fly there is nothing that can make the basket sway and the sense of movement is much more subtle than an elevator ride. Some passengers describe the sensation they feel on our flights as “tranquil” and “romantic” while others describe the Cappadocia Balloon Tour as “gentle and calm.”

Where will we fly in Balloon Tour?

The pilot ascends and descends to find air currents that are moving in the desired direction. We study the prevailing winds at different elevations and select a take-off site that will provide the best flight-path possible. Balloons can only travel with the wind, but our skilled pilots direct the balloon throughout the Balloon Tour and it often appears as if the balloon was steered

 

Where do we land after Balloon Tour?
We are welcome to land in the many open fields in the area we fly over. Your pilot will begin the gentle descent when he finds an appropriate landing site that is accessible by our ground crew.

Do passengers sit or stand during the Balloon Tour?
Passengers normally stand in the basket during flights, however we can accommodate those passengers who need to be seated.

FAQ – What to Bring

What should I bring? 
Bring your camera and lots of film. Our crew will be happy to take pictures of you in the balloon.

What should I wear? 
It is no colder in the balloon than on the ground, yet you may wish to bring a light jacket. Layered clothing is best. Please dress casually – jeans and flat heeled shoes. Although we usually land close to a road, you may be walking through fields.

FAQ – Time and Duration

How long is the Cappadocia Balloon Tours?
We are normally in the air for about an hour and a half! The whole experience lasts 3 to 4 hours, so you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the many attractions of Cappadocia.

When do we start our Balloon Tour?
We fly early in the morning because this time of day provides calm, cool air for gentle and stable flights, soft landings and maximum lifting capacity of the balloon. It is also the ideal time for photography, with splendid colours and contrasts and the beauty of the sunrise.

FAQ – Wind and Weather

What about weather conditions?
Before we fly, we check the weather. We can generally fly with wind speeds up to 10 miles per hour.

Do we fly if it’s raining?
Often rain can be associated with instability and unpredictable winds which is actually more disturbing to us as the volume of the balloon is so great. Light rain is not a problem when the wind conditions are stable, although we would not schedule a flight when rain was anticipated as it would add considerable weight to the fabric. Cloudy conditions often give some of the best conditions for Balloon Tour in Cappadocia although the photographer might be disappointed.

FAQ – Safety and Insurance

Is Cappadocia Balloon Tour safe?
The safety of our passengers is paramount to our operation.
Ballooning statistically is the safest form of flying. Balloon Tour pilots have been trained to the highest professional standards under procedures laid down by Civil Aviation for all aircraft operators, so you can be assured of the highest standards and the most up-to-date equipment available.

Are you licensed?
Yes. We are a Non-Scheduled Airline and are licensed by the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority to provide commercial Hot Air Balloon flights. This means that we have to comply with the Civil Aviation regulations and are subject to regular inspections. We are also obliged to use a Civil Aviation licensed maintenance organisation for regular equipment inspections and any repairs.

Are you insured?
Yes. In terms of our Air Service License we are required to carry both passenger and public liability insurance.
Because we offer transfers should passengers not have their own vehicle and because passengers are transported from the landing site back to their hotel, our vehicles carry road transport permits and our drivers have the correct license. We carry passenger liability insurance on all our vehicles.

FAQ – Other Questions

How long is the Cappadocia Balloon Tour season?
We start flying once the weather becomes reliable in March and continue right through until November.

What kind of equipment do you use for Balloon Tour?
All our balloon equipment is to the highest standard and is manufactured in Spain and in England. We have sturdy four-wheel drive Mercedes ground support vehicles for retrieval of the equipment from the fields.

Is age a consideration?
We are happy to carry passengers of all ages, but most of our passengers are aged 10 to 80.

Why are balloon flights so expensive?
For several reasons:
•    Hot Air Balloons use propane as fuel. The cost of propane is linked to the fuel price.
•    Being a legal operator is expensive – we carry insurance, use approved and certified aircraft, use the services of approved maintenance officers and conform to all Civil Aviation requirements, including the payment of various licensing fees.
•     Commercial Hot Air Balloons are imported. Because of the nature of the materials used in the construction of balloons, they have a limited useful life before requiring major refurbishing or complete replacement.

Who shouldn’t join Cappadocia Balloon Tour?
•    Pregnant women (during first 3 months)
•    Frail or elderly people who cannot support themselves for landing
•    Small children (under 6) should not fly in a balloon
•    If you are unsure, check with your doctor
•    People who have recently undergone surgery
•    Those with severe hip or back problems