Come Fly With Us!
Thank you for your interest in taking a hot air balloon ride! September is one of the most beautiful and picturesque times of the year to enjoy a balloon flight in the Susquehanna Valley.
All flights and duration of flights are weather permitting and at the discretion of the pilot on the day of the event. We cannot accommodate pregnant women and all passengers are required to disclose medical conditions which require ongoing or periodic monitoring by a physician.
Balloon Ride Application
Thank you for your interest in participating in Rotary Festival. The Rotary realizes the importance of community based activities and wants to provide a fun-filled and profitable weekend for the Clubs and for our vendors. We are proud to offer you this opportunity.
For questions please contact Rebecca Elkins at 775-771-0897 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 Flight Times
Friday, September 14th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 15th
6:30 - 7:30 a.m. and5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 16th
6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Please note that balloon launch times are approximate and dependent on weather
Dear Rotary Festival Spectators,
We hope for favorable weather conditions during balloon launches, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas. On a flight by flight basis, it is my job to evaluate weather and determine if conditions are favorable for a safe outcome. My role as Balloonmeister is to protect the event and public, a responsibility that I take very seriously.
Balloon operations are extremely weather sensitive. Balloons do not have steering wheels or brakes, but rather float on the breeze like a soap bubble, with up and down controlled by heat.
Balloons launch at dawn and then again 2 hours before sunset when winds are most predictable and usually calmest. Flights last about 1 hour. Mid day tether balloon rides are a possibility but those performances are more weather sensitive than flights. If morning fog or surface wind in excess of 8 kts develops, our flight operations may be cancelled or delayed.
The balloon pilots attending this festival are handpicked, high hour, professional pilots. They love to fly. I hope that you have confidence in our collective abilities to provide you with a colorful and most importantly, safe, air show.
Rebecca Elkins, Balloonmeister