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Experience Happy Valley From the Sky

Experience Happy Valley From the Sky

Hot Air Balloon Flights

Spring and Summer flights are NOW available. Schedule now! Call: 814.234.5986

Happy Valley From Above

Discover the best view of State College & Happy Valley

Flights are typically scheduled May through November twice a day, at sunrise and 2-3 hours before sunset, wind- and weather-permitting. Flights last 45 minutes to an hour but may vary depending on the availability of landing sites.

After the flight, our pilot shares the history of ballooning with the new aeronauts and everyone enjoys a champagne (or sparkling juice) toast to commemorate the flight. There’s no better way to start or end your day!

Safety is our Priority

Safety is our Priority

These and many conditions can affect the decision to fly and are considered to ensure everyone’s safety.

Per FAA regulations, passengers under the influence of drugs or alcohol cannot and will not be flown. Refunds will not be given for those who arrive in such a state.

There is no smoking in or around the balloon and vehicles, or during your adventure.

We do not fly in rain, fog, snow, or high winds.

The pilot makes the decision to fly and all decisions are final.

Meet your Pilot

 FAA-certified and licensed pilot

We let you down easy.

Kevin

Kevin Witt

Having always wanted to fly balloons, he earned his certification in 1994 and has been flying ever since. He grew up in Unionville, PA, graduated from Penn State University, and now makes his home in beautiful Lemont, just outside of State College.

Bring Us to Your Next Event

We can also do tethers! We have extensive experience with a variety of special events, including tethered balloon rides, school demonstrations, marriage proposals, weddings, and festival entertainment. Balloon tether events are a great way to entertain crowds, draw more attention to your event, or promote your business or special occasion. During a tether, the balloon is secured to the ground and is able to float 40-80 feet above the ground, giving passengers the sensation of flying.

Tether events cost $1,500 per hour, with a minimum two-hour commitment. A signed contract is required. Call us at 814-234-5986 to discuss your event.

Ready to soar? Schedule Today!

Call us for personalized scheduling and accommodation.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How high do we fly?2024-04-26T15:01:43+00:00

Sometimes we fly at tree top altitude and other times we fly much higher, sometimes up to 3,000 feet or higher.

Is it windy in the balloon?2024-04-26T15:02:47+00:00

Because we are flying at the same speed as the wind, you will not experience the sensation of wind while in the balloon. Theoretically, you could hold a lit candle while in the basket and the flame would not go out.

Is it cold in the balloon?2024-04-26T15:04:05+00:00

The temperature in the basket is basically the same as when you’re on the ground. The temperature difference is about 3½°F cooler for every 1,000 feet.

When do we fly?2024-04-26T15:04:18+00:00

We fly at sunrise and 2-3 hours before sunset. Balloons do not fly in rain, fog, snow or wind above 6 mph. These and many other conditions can affect the decision to fly or not to fly and are considered to ensure a safe flight for all.

What if we get bad weather?2024-04-26T15:04:37+00:00

Before each flight, the pilot calls flight service for a full weather briefing. This enables him to very carefully determine any weather patterns that could be dangerous. Flights have been canceled due to fog or fast-moving storms.

Where do we land?2024-04-26T15:04:48+00:00

The balloon lands in fields, yards, farms, parking lots, and sometimes a driveway or two. Every effort is made to secure landowner permission prior to landing.

How do we get back to the launch field?2024-04-26T15:05:04+00:00

A recovery vehicle with the trailer will always follow the balloon during the flight. The crew will help to pack the balloon up and will accompany the pilot, crew and passengers back to home base.

Can I bring a camera?2024-04-26T15:05:18+00:00

YES!

What are the risks?2024-04-26T21:08:09+00:00

Due to the inherent risks associated with ballooning, people with the following conditions may be unable to enjoy the sport. Please speak to the pilot when you schedule your flight.

  • Pregnancy
  • Back injury
  • Joint replacement
  • Osteoporosis
  • Recent surgery
  • Broken/injured limbs
  • Inability to stand for extended periods or reliance on a walker or cane
  • Reliance on oxygen-breathing equipment
Can I Buy Gift Certificates?2024-04-29T16:02:45+00:00

Yes you can! Just give us a call.

How much does it cost?2024-04-29T16:03:43+00:00

Flights cost $250 per person and up to four passengers can join the pilot in the basket during each flight. A private flight for two is available for $650. Passengers must be at least 42″ to fly. We request that you advise us at the time the reservation is made if the weight of any passenger on your flight exceeds 220 lbs.

Is this safe?2024-04-29T16:04:12+00:00

Yes! We are fully insured and have a 100% safety record. All passengers are required to sign a waiver to fulfill our insurance requirements.

Once you have flown,

you will walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward,

for there you have been and there you long to return.

Once you have flown,

you will walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward,

for there you have been and there you long to return.

 – Leonardo da Vinci

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