Landing is actually the most exciting part of riding a hot air balloon.
Our experienced pilot will look for a landing site based on the geography of the land and the time of day.
How good of a landing we get depends on the wind speed and terrain.
Calm winds mean there is a chance for the hot air balloon to rest on the ground with little to no impact. Which is called a “stand up landing”.
Moderate winds are where the fun is and your pilot may tell you to crouch down. He’ll then instruct you to turn sideways from the ground and ask you to bend your knees slightly to help absorb the impact. The balloon may be pulled and turned sideways with moderate and any wind speed faster. The gondola can help you brace and keep any injuries from happening.
When the balloon has come to a stop if it is upright the pilot will tell passengers to wait until some of the hot air is released. Letting hot air release from the balloon ensures the balloon doesn’t take off again when you try to get off.
For all the cool people that landed sideways, the balloon will be deflated hastily and you will be able to climb out of the basket.
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