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Our Flying Area
Our home base is on our farm vineyard 8 kilometers North of Canowindra. This is approximately four hours drive from Sydney and two hours from Canberra. We conduct our flights around and over Canowindra in the central west of NSW between Orange and Cowra. Launch sites vary according to the wind direction on the day so as to make every flight a scenic and memorable experience. We also travel to festivals throughout Australia and have even travelled to farms throughout NSW to fly families over their own properties.
Graham Kerr (our Chief Pilot) has been flying hot air balloons as a commercial pilot since 1988 and he has over 1000 hours experience flying in most states of Australia. Commercial pilots are licenced by The Civil Aviation Safety Authority and as such are subject to regular medical checks and bi-annual flight reviews. Graham has experience in many aspects of commercial ballooning including passenger flights and aerial promotions for sponsors.
Flight Options Available
All flight options listed below finish with a presentation flight certificate and a catered champagne breakfast with espresso coffee at our own winery. We also cater for non flying accompanying friends.
Sunrise Flights last for 45 minutes to 1 hour flying time depending on available landing sites. We recommend you allow at least three to four hours with us. This is the ultimate ballooning experience conducted by our resident commercial pilot who gives a full commentary on how the balloon works coupled with local knowledge. Ballooning is a magic experience.
Group Flights are offered for groups of 6 to 24 people booking and flying together. These flights are designed to give you a taste of ballooning and at a less expensive price and last for a minimum of 30 minutes flying time. This package is suitable for family reunions, sporting & social clubs, special interest groups and fundraising.
Special Occasion Flights
We do weddings, marriage proposals, renewal of vows, committment ceremony, scattering of ashes, birthdays, product launches, field days, and Company promotions. Contact us with your own unique idea.
Give a special gift to someone special in your life. Certificates are valid for 18 months from the date of purchase.
You will be happy to find our prices are very attractive. Group bookings attract special discounts.
If you are staying at commercial accommodation within Canowindra town limits, overnight, we provide you with a courtesy pickup service at the agreed meeting time and return you back after the flight. Casual day passengers are normally met at the Canowindra Post Office. The meeting place is confirmed the evening before the flight when you phone for a weather check.
Our balloons carry either 6 or 9 passengers on one leg of the flight. On any given flight there may be multiple legs.
Who Can Fly ?
Minimum age 5 years. Parents please be aware that smaller children may not be able to see over the edge of the basket. There is no maximum age limit. It is important that we know if you under medical supervision.
Elderly folk are welcome. Due to the physical nature of hot air ballooning a moderate level of fitness is required.
As we normally fly below 2000 feet oxygen is not necessary.
Our company is holder of Air Operators Certificate 436280-10 issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, and all balloons operated by us have current Airworthiness Certificates. Our pilots are licensed Commercial Balloon pilots and subject to regular flight reviews and medical examinations.
Many people have said they are afraid of heights but in more than 25 years of commercial flying we have never had one person who had a problem in the balloon. The takeoff is slow and gentle.
We encourage your friends to come along on the “chase” and join in the post flight celebrations. A $25 charge applies.
Hot air ballooning is a weather dependent activity – we can only safely fly in calm light winds normally below 15 km. Any flight may be cancelled due to the wrong weather conditions but this is normally done the night before when you phone for confirmation.
If we cancel due to safety reasons relating to the weather then we will rebook you to another date that suits you.
For safety reasons we are unable to carry the disabled, passengers who weigh more than 115 kg, or who are more than 12 weeks pregnant, without prior arrangement.
What To Wear
Sturdy enclosed shoes, as feet can get wet in the early morning dew. Jeans, jumper, beanie and a jacket that you can remove as the morning warms up. Ladies no skirts or high heels please. It is not cold in the balloon – the coldest part of the morning is on the ground whilst we are inflating the balloon.
Cancellation By Passenger
If you cancel a confirmed booking more than 48 hours before your flight, 10% of the total booking price will be deducted from your refund as an administration fee.
Your flight ticket becomes fully non-refundable:
(a) if you cancel less than 48 hours before your flight; or
(b) if you fail to show up for your flight (this includes sleeping in and getting lost)
Cancellation By Balloon Joy Flights
If your flight is cancelled by us for any reason (safety or otherwise), you may rebook on another day to suit or receive a refund less a 10% administration fee.
Conditions of Use
- Children are defined as over 5 years and under 12 years of age and 45 kgs or less in weight.
- We do not carry passengers over 115 kgs in weight without special arrangements.
- We do not advise pregnant ladies to fly.
- All passengers must phone for a weather check before 7.00pm the day before the flight. We will cancel if there is an adverse weather forecast which may affect passengers safety and reschedule your flight to another date that suits you.
- For safe loading of the balloon all passengers are required to tell us their name and weight. Please provide these details in the “Special requirements” box in the booking form.
- In accordance with civil aviation requirements our balloons have a minimum liftoff weight. If there are insufficient passengers for a flight we will contact you to reschedule you to another date suitable to you.