Can you visit their showroom & talk to
their pilots? Many pilots have no location for you
to visit because they do this from home. Ticket resellers or part time pilots
will not be able to offer you a good answer because they have no
location, would you buy other products or services like that? There is
more to your experience when done professionally. WE invite you to visit our
showroom, speak with one of our pilots, see exactly where you will
launch from and view all that we have to offer. You can certainly
purchase by phone or web as well, but you will know you are buying from
an established company with a real location for you to come to for your
flight, much more than just a meeting place. You can even play a game
of golf on our 18 hole aviation themed mini-golf course or have an ice
cream from our Cafe' or relax while you picnic at our beautiful park
like setting while still having the convenience of a balloon dedicated showroom location.
(and of course, indoor restroom!) Imagine meeting your pilot at a remote location with
How many years have they been flying?
Capt. Phogg Balloon Rides has been flying the area for over 40 years &
our pilots are some of the most experienced anywhere!
What kind of countryside will you be
flying over? Ever hear the term "Location Is
Everything". It is very true for ballooning as well. Our showroom
location is centrally located among many lakes, rolling hills & abundant
wildlife for a beautiful adventure. We use this launch site because it
is one of the most beautiful locations to fly! No meeting at a random location
here, our own beautiful site was chosen for its great location for
ballooning, very beautiful area and easy to get to! We invest in our
customers by offering the best experience possible.
Do they have multiple pilots so you
will be able to schedule when you want to? Capt
Phogg Balloon Rides is one of the largest operations in the country with
Do they fly year round, we mean 365
days sunrise & sunset? We will schedule all
year sunrise &
sunset, we exclude Christmas and of course flights are
very weather permitting, reschedule to find that good weather day.
Are they a ticket reseller, do they
have balloons you can actually see, or do they just sell tickets?
This is a new problem in ballooning, with many
internet companies that don't even own balloons trying to sell tickets
that they then try to get someone in your area to fly at the lowest
cost. The most likely pilots to take these tickets would be the less
experienced that have no customer base of their own. Less experience is
the last thing you want in a pilot or company that you are depending on
with your safety. You can be a commercial balloon pilot with as little
as 35 hours of flight! Our pilots are some of the most experienced in
Join the world famous Capt Phogg® Balloon Rides for the ultimate adventure in ballooning.
Stop in our showroom to check out the fun!
We are one of the largest & longest
running balloon ride operations in the country! We are one of only a
handful of balloon ride companies in the nation to offer our own full
service location and launch area for our customers. You should expect
more from professionals than to randomly meet at some parking lot, park
or someone else's business location. We are dedicated to offering the
most professional service to our customers which means that our location
will always strive to offer the best ballooning adventure, our pilots are some of the most experienced in the
country & we are dedicated to making your flight a fantastic lifetime
Flights are scheduled year round, weather permitting, from our launch grounds and showroom located in a beautiful countryside setting in the Fenton, MI. area.
Flights are scheduled sunrise and sunset. We offer private flights, group flights, tethers, traditional flights and custom tailored flights. Every flight includes all the
extras you would expect from a Capt Phogg® balloon ride experience, including champagne, flight souvenirs and certificates. Shop online, stop in our showroom, or call 248-634-3094 to set up your adventure.
Here are some questions we often hear.
|| How big is the Hot Air Balloon?
||An average Hot Air Balloon is 50,000 cubic ft. to
250,000 cubic ft. That is approximately 100 feet high and 60
feet in diameter. These balloons will carry between 1 to 14
passengers + the pilot.
|| What makes the hot air balloons rise?
||Hot Air! High-powered propane burners ignites and
heats liquid propane that is aimed into the balloon to make it
rise. The burners create up to 40 million BTU's of heat. In
comparison, an average home barbecue generates 15,000 BTU's.
Each flight uses approximately 10 to 80 gallons of propane.
|| How fast do you fly?
||The balloon travels the same speed as the wind. An
average flight distance depends on wind speed. Ideally, we like
about a five knot breeze.
|| How do you steer the balloon?
||Hot Air Balloons cannot be steered like an airplane
or helicopter. Balloons travel only in the direction of the
wind. At different altitudes the breeze sometimes changes
direction, allowing some small measure of directional control.
Our chase crew follows along on the ground. Upon landing, our
crew retrieves the balloon and passengers and returns them to
the launch location.
|| What type of weather conditions are needed to fly
in a hot air balloon?
||Hot Air Balloon passenger flights take place in
winds less than 10 knots, with no rain or approaching storms in
the immediate area. Flights also require visibility of at least
|| What time of day do the flights take place?
||Flights take place at sunrise and approximately 2
hours prior to sunset, only on days when surface winds are low.
Hot Air Balloons are not able to fly during the day due to
thermal activity, which makes the air unstable. The updrafts
and downdrafts or thermals could overpower the balloons ability
to climb, so we stay on the ground in the middle of the day.
|| Can you fly all year?
||YES WE DO!. Some of the best flights take place
during the fall and winter months. During this time, visibility
is usually unlimited. Winter & Spring usually has more days with
gusty winds than other times of the year, but at Balloon Quest
we fly every day weather permits, all year long.
|| Is it cold up there?
||No, on cool days, the temperature is about the same on the ground as it
is in the air, and on warm days it can be much warmer in the
balloon! The temperature only begins to drop in the balloon if
you were to fly very high. The temperature drops about 3 1/2 degrees F
every one thousand feet altitude, but the burners make up for
this amount. We usually stay within 4,000
feet of the ground, so the temperature is not much different on
However, some heat will be felt from the burners overhead,
especially on warm days it can be hot, wear a hat and the cooler
sunrise flights can help on the hot seasons.
|| Can anyone fly the balloon?
||To fly a hot air balloon you must be a licensed
balloon pilot. Much like a fixed-wing pilot, balloon pilots go
through extensive training including ground school, written
exams and hands-on flying. All Balloon Quest pilots are licensed
commercial balloon pilots.
|| What is the balloon made of?
||Balloons are made from rip-stop nylon much like your
winter ski jacket. Yet unlike your jacket, the balloon is coated
in a special chemical to help it resist heat and last longer.
Balloons have an average life expectancy of 300-400 hours of
use. After that, you may have to replace the "balloon part", or
envelope. Just the envelope can cost upwards of $20,000 to
$70,000. That's part of the reason it may be more expensive to
take a balloon ride than to catch a jet flight to Florida. The
jet operates all the time, and the airline doesn't have to
replace 1/2 the plane every 300 hours of flying time and they
can split the cost among a very large group!
|| Who makes hot air balloons?
||There are several companies in both the U.S. and the
United Kingdom which make high quality balloons. Modern day
balloons come in all shapes and sizes, from 21,000 cubic ft. -
one person balloons to 400,000 cubic ft. - 22 passenger
balloons. Balloon Quest is an Authorized Cameron Hot Air Balloon
Dealer, and Cameron is one of the largest builders of balloons.
|| How much does a hot air balloon cost?
||An average sport hot air balloon, which carries 2-3
people, starts at around $30,000 to $70,000. Larger balloons for
passenger service can cost $100,000.00 or more. Balloon Quest can
give you an exact quote, if you are interested in learning to
fly or buying your own balloon and we also sell used systems.
|| How long are the flights?
||On average, flights are 45 minutes to one hour in
length. Some flights can go for up to 1 1/2 hours depending on
the amount of fuel on board; the passengers' combined weight and
the temperature of the air. Morning flights and winter flights
tend to be at the higher end, as the cool air of the morning (or
winter) means the fuel consumption is reduced.
|| How much does it cost? Check our
specials under Flight Prices.
||It depends on several factors, such as number
flying, weekend or week day, and whether you fly with a full
time ride company like us, who has been in business many years,
or a man who fly's on weekends out of the back of his pickup
truck. In general, you get what you pay for. We are cost
competitive with all companies, but we feel if you fly with us,
you'll enjoy the experience more. Expect to pay between $200 and
$300 per person if part of a group flight, depending on the size
of your group, and between $350 and $450 per person for a
private 2-person private charter flight. Call for the current rate
and check our seasonal special prices, you can even purchase
online with us.
|| How high do you fly?
||Though the altitude record for hot air ballooning is
64,997 feet, the height of passenger flights range anywhere from
treetops up to 3,000 feet or more.
|| What type of clothing should we wear?
||Special clothing is not required for hot air
ballooning. We recommend you wear what you would normally wear
for taking a long walk. in the country on a sunny day. We always
suggest practical wear, such as long pants, a hat and on cool
days, a light jacket. No sandals or high heels please and shorts
or bare feet are definitely NOT recommended.
|| Can I bring my camera and binoculars?
||Yes, we encourage it. Some of the greatest pictures
can be taken from 500 feet in the air. Don't forget to bring
lots of film or videotape. It's a long way down to a store if
you run out of film. Three rolls is common. And don't forget a
protective case for landing, we don't want to scratch anything.
|| How do I book a hot air balloon flight?
||It's simple..........Just give Balloon Quest a call
We'll give you all the information you need and schedule your
flight or e-mail us for more information. You can even purchase
online, just click the link below.