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Tethered Balloon Rides

Description & Requirements

Picnics - Parties - Graduation - Festivals - Any Occasion

A tethered balloon operation consists of a hot air balloon that is attached by four (4) ropes to four (4) equally spaced vehicles or fixed points on the ground. The balloon is typically able to ascend 50-100 feet above the ground before returning gently back to the surface. Tether rides typically last 3-5 minutes. As many as five (5) passengers are permitted to ride each time.

Tether operations generally last about 90 minutes (1-1/2 hours). Longer operations are available if weather conditions permit.

The best hours of operation for tethering are within two (2) hours of sunrise or within one (1) to two (2) hours before sunset. Midday tethering is seldom possible, as winds are typically stronger and less stable. Calm or very light winds are needed for a tether operation to be safely performed. There must be no precipitation occurring or soon approaching.

Tether operations require a minimum clear area of 150-250 feet in diameter, preferably on level, well drained, mowed grass, clear of power lines, light standards, trees, or other obstructions. Pavement is acceptable but not preferred. Areas of dirt, sand, mud or standing water are not acceptable. Trees outside of the 250 feet area are preferable, as they provide protection from wind.

For best attendance at public events, a tether operation should be placed within easy walking distance for attendees.

There is no minimum age limit for passengers, however, young children may be frightened of the burner operation. While steps are provided, people with physical disabilities may have difficulty entering the basket.

For everyone's safety:

  • No smoking is allowed on or near the balloon.
  • People who appear intoxicated will not be allowed aloft.
  • Drinks or food are not permitted on board (they usually end up on the floor).
  • Tether operations will be discontinued any time threatening weather approaches (wind, rain, thunderstorms).

I am happy to inspect a site prior to booking to make sure it is suitable for both of us.

Terms & Conditions

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Terms and Conditions


Tether Balloon Rides are:
--$1250 for up to standard 1-1/2 hours
--$325 for each additional 1/2 hour

Mileage will be charged at $3.00 per mile each way, plus lodging if necessary.
A tether operation can accommodate approximately 50 passengers in a one (1) hour period.
A 25% deposit is required to book an event. The payment will be refunded if the event is canceled by the pilot prior to travel due to poor weather conditions. The deposit and agreed upon mileage/lodging costs become non-refundable once travel to the site has begun, or if the client cancels the event less than 48 hours in advance.
All packages are subject to weather conditions and may need to be discontinued at any time during the event. If weather conditions prevent us from tethering for the full 90 minutes, the client will be charged per quarter hour of operation, minus the deposit.
We accept checks, cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express as payment.

Thank you.

Airborne Adventures Ballooning, Inc.
6287 Haslauer Road, PO Box 180, Munnsville, NY 13409
315-761-8201 --Email

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