frequently asked:

Here is a list of frequently asked questions, if you can't find the answer you are looking for, send an Email to this address:

 

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How high do we fly?
When is the flying time?
How long are the flights?
What is the temperature during the flight?
What will we see?
Will I be airsick?
Heart problem?
Why flights are sometimes cancelled in seemingly good weather conditions?
Why do we fly only in the morning?
Where do we take off?
Can we sit in the basket during the flight?
How many passengers are there in the basket?
competence of our pilots?

 

How high do we fly?
The advantage of flying a balloon as opposed to other types of aircraft is simply its diverse ability to literally skim over desert and attain a height of more than 1000 metres whilst providing panoramic landscape views! Essentially, the flights depend upon the climatic conditions at the given time as well as the disposition of the passengers.



When is the flying time?
The flying time is early in the morning when the weather conditions are most favorable.



how long are the flights?
The balloon flight itself lasts a minimum of an hour depending on the region whilst the whole excursion takes about 5 hours. This includes the preparation and inflation of the balloon in the open air and afterwards, the traditional breakfast in the tent ­ very important! ­ and the return journey by Land-rover with the ground crew and of course our camel excursion.



What is the temperature during the flight?

Approximately the same as on the ground! The fact that the balloon flies in the air mass means there is no air current aboard the basket.



What will we see?

The fantastic landscape of desert, the Atlas mountains covered with snow and the overview of the Berber villages. And don’t forget that each flight is unique in that a balloon cannot be steered... it is always the wind which decides how the true beauty of nature will be revealed to you.



will I be airsick?
No, because there is no physical link between the balloon and the ground (like a scale or a bridge!) there is no feeling of dizziness or vertigo. During the flight the basket remains stable and there is a feeling of incredible ease whilst taking-off.



heart problem?

If you have a cardiac problem and you’re planning to fly with us, it is better to ask your doctor.



Why are flights sometimes cancelled in seemingly good weather conditions?

This is due to the strength of the wind – which isn’t at the same strength on the ground as higher up. Our pilots have to take into consideration the conditions at altitude.



Why do we fly only in the morning?

Balloons go with the wind, the pilot can only control the altitude of the balloon by heating the inside of the envelope with the burners. Stability in the air is necessary as well as a slight wind and a mild temperature. The only way to get all these conditions is to take off just after sunrise. Happily dawn is one of the most beautiful moments of the day!



Where do we take off?

The pilot chooses the take off point according to the direction of the wind (e.g. to avoid flying over forests and to ensure the flights so interesting as possible!) As a general rule the take off place is located north of Marrakech, between the wadi of Tensift and jbilet mountains where the magnificent view over the desert and the mountains of the atlas.



can we sit in the basket during the flight?

No, all passengers should stand for the duration of the flight and have bent knees for the landing.



How many passengers are there in the basket?

we have baskets from 4 till 8 passengers.



competence of our pilots?

All our pilots are highly qualified and accredited with the Moroccan and European Civil Aviation Authority. They have hundreds of hours of experience in different countries in their charts.

 

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