The story of the lighter than air. The idea of flying is a dream that has accompanied human beings since ancient times. This desire is already told in ancient Greece, through the myth of Icarus, who, intent on flying with wax wings, melted in the heat of the sun.
The hot air balloon is an aircraft that uses hot air, less dense than the surrounding air, to obtain an upward thrust necessary to lift off the ground according to Archimedes' principle for which every body immersed in a fluid undergoes a force directed from the bottom upwards. 'high of equal intensity of the weight-force of the displaced fluid.
Flying, like all adventures, comes with its own dose of risk. This is why it is essential to contact structures certified and authorized by ENAC (National Civil Aviation Authority) such as TorreNera Balloon which guarantee you great professionalism and decades of experience and new hot air balloons which are constantly subjected to checks. Click to view our regular license...
For safety reasons, the following cannot fly: pregnant women, people with reduced mobility or with injuries that prevent their independent transit in and out of the carrycot.
To fly you must be 8 years of age and taller than 130 cm, necessary to be able to see outside the spacecraft and be able to get out independently.
The flights take place in the morning at dawn and in the late afternoon when the air is more stable and the currents called "convective motions" are almost nil. We fly all year round: from March to November in high season. In the months of December, January and February, extraordinary flights are made, compatibly with the weather conditions. To guarantee total flight safety, the most favorable weather conditions must occur. For this reason, the pilot will confirm the feasibility of the flight the evening before, which could in any case be canceled at any time he deems it appropriate.
Depending on the time of year, clothing should be comfortable and sporty. In the winter months, warmer but layered clothing is preferable. Inside the nacelle, the heat from the burners will make up for the cold outside by releasing a residual heat also downwards. For this we always suggest a cap. Sneakers or walking boots are mandatory. Open sandals, flats, flip flops and heels are not permitted.
The very low speed of the balloon and its movement in the wind does not induce a sense of emptiness or vertigo. Also there is no wobble.
Small cameras, binoculars and small cameras that must be attached to the person with straps are permitted. They will need to be stowed safely during the landing phase.
It is possible to cancel the reservation up to 5 days in advance by sending an e-mail or by calling between 9 am and 6 pm from Monday to Sunday. In the event that the reservation is not canceled within the deadline or if you do not show up on the morning of take-off, the ticket will not be refunded. If the flight is canceled due to adverse weather conditions, other dates will be proposed which you can select on our calendar.
Our TorreNera Balloon tickets are valid for 2 years. The validity can be extended for a further 2 years with a payment of 100 euros.
The balloon flies at the speed of the wind which is therefore not felt by the passengers in the gondola. The pilot can change direction by changing altitude. The distance traveled from the take-off point will depend on the intensity of the wind present on the day of the flight and may vary from a few km to approximately 20-30 km. Generally the altitude reached will be around 500 meters. The hot air balloon magically allows you to caress a field of sunflowers and climb up to the altitude for the best possible view of the landscape below.
The experience begins at the take-off point and ends after landing and return to base and lasts approximately 3-4 hours. The flight itself takes around 50-60 minutes.
Each landing is different from the previous ones. This depends on the wind and the terrain on which the spacecraft rests. Generally the pilot lands softly with the basket in a perfectly vertical position. A slight bending of the knees will therefore be sufficient to cushion the contact with the ground. It may happen that the basket leans sideways. In this case, the pilot will warn you in time and then help you get off. Both landings are safe. Before each flight you will be informed by the pilot and crew on the procedures to be adopted. Landing takes place on fields, open and free spaces.
Despite the cold morning air or the winter frost, the temperature inside the spacecraft is at least 8 degrees higher than the outside. This is due to the heat produced by the burners above the passengers. The only characteristic noise is that of the burners activated by the pilot.
In addition to the pilot, in charge of the flight, the ground crew will be present, whose task is to assist the pilot himself in all phases of preparation, inflation, landing, deflation and recovery of passengers and the balloon. Our crew members are trained by TorreNera Balloon and attend frequent refresher courses.