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Learn to Fly Hot Air Balloons

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.Great Barrington, United States

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Experience hosted by Jordan

3 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 2 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Experience the world of lighter-than-air flight.

Your experience will start in the days leading up to your flight as we look at the upcoming weather patterns. Hot air balloons need calm winds and clear skies to make the experience safe and enjoyable. Once we have determined that it is safe to fly, we will designate a launch location and meeting time. On site, you will help the ground crew set up and inflate the hot air balloon before taking off on a unique flying adventure. In the air you will get the chance to pilot the balloon under the close guidance of a certified hot air balloon instructor. Don't worry, there will be plenty of opportunities for pictures and enjoyment of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. During a post-flight celebration you can discuss next steps in becoming a certified hot air balloon pilot, or just listen to the stories of past ballooning adventures with our dedicated pilots and crew.
Experience the world of lighter-than-air flight.

Your experience will start in the days leading up to your flight as we look at the upcoming weather patterns. Hot air balloons need calm winds and clear skies to make the experience safe and enjoyable. Once we have determined that it is safe to fly, we will designate a launch location and meeting time. On site, you will help the ground crew set up and inflate the hot air balloon before taking off on a unique flying adventure. In the air you will get the chance to pilot the balloon under the close guidance of a certified hot air balloon instructor. Don't worry, the…

Jordan's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Drinks
    For a traditional post-flight toast
From G$64,558
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Jordan

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 11 Reviews
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I am a hot air balloon lifer, having grown up in a flying family. In 2015 I earned my pilot certificate and decided to make it my passion to share the joys of hot air ballooning with the world! I want everyone to experience the thrills and relaxation of lighter-than-air flight and come away with a story that they will want to recount over and over.
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Where you'll be

Your experience will begin from one of our designated launch locations around the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts. Each location is picked to provide a stunning flight with variable terrain over a unique part of the world. Away from the city, you will get a chance to see trees, water, mountains, and sky from an unmatched perspective.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Joss
June 2019
Our experience with Jordan’s dad was amazing ! He is passionate about what he does , plus he is a magnificent pilot , he made us feel part of their family !! It a was totally personalized experience... I didn’t feel like a commercial hot air balloon and I LOVE IT ! I totally recommended
Our experience with Jordan’s dad was amazing ! He is passionate about what he does , plus he is a magnificent pilot , he made us feel part of their family !! It a was totally pers…
Anna
July 2018
My balloon trip with Jordan surpassed all expectations! Jordan was great about communicating with me about last minute weather changes, and was able to provide me great recommendations on where to stay and what to do in the area. Riding in the balloon was so peaceful and fun. I learned a lot about how balloon travel works, and I loved getting a chance to fire the burners and fly the balloon =) I can't say enough about this trip and have been encouraging everyone I know to drive out to the beautiful Berkshires to give it a try!
My balloon trip with Jordan surpassed all expectations! Jordan was great about communicating with me about last minute weather changes, and was able to provide me great recommenda…
Georgeann
June 2018
Jordan was not only highly competent but also extremely personable. We had an excellent flight and enjoyed the commentary and informed instruction. Jordan and his family clearly have a passion for flight, for sure. You don't want to miss this awesome experience! Thanks too for the phenomenal after flight champagne birthday experience Jordan!! Steve enjoyed it tremendously. Merci!! Best to you! We truly appreciate your kindness.
Jordan was not only highly competent but also extremely personable. We had an excellent flight and enjoyed the commentary and informed instruction. Jordan and his family clearly h…
Andrew
June 2018
Jordan and his family were practiced and friendly hosts. They have tons of experience and were great at making us feel welcomed and comfortable with flying in a Balloon! It’s a personal, family affair and a heck of a lot of fun. I highly recommend it
Jordan and his family were practiced and friendly hosts. They have tons of experience and were great at making us feel welcomed and comfortable with flying in a Balloon! It’s a per…
Honour
June 2018
This experience truly exceeded all of my expectations. I bought this experience as a birthday gift for my best friend and roommate. We drove up to the Berkshires on a Saturday morning and met Jordan, his girlfriend and father in an airfield. Because they wanted us to have the best experience possible, we drove for about ~20 min away to another site (making sure to extend our flight in the balloon significantly). My roommate and I were blown away by how lovely Jordan, his girlfriend and father were. It really seemed as though they wanted us to experience their family activity as if we were a part of it. On the drive there, Jordan’s father explained how he got into the business (30+ years ago) and Jordan explained how he is now following in his fathers footsteps (albeit with different ballooning “styles”!) We learned about “tree topping” on our flight, where one flies so close over the tree tops that we could literally hear the tops of the trees scraping the bottom of the basket. People would come out of their homes and take photos of us, cars were stopping on the streets to get out and get a closer look. It some ways it almost felt like we were celebrities just for a few hours! When we landed, there were a bunch of people on the road nearby, including a bunch of children who were standing by watching in awe (some had even followed us from the sky for about a mile). Jordan not only let them get in the balloon, he took them for a quick tandem flight for a free (a couple feet off the ground) and probably made their year. Whether it’s a special occasion for a friend, loved one, or family member, this experience is an absolute MUST. Not only did we create beautiful memories, we feel like we met some very special people with a passion / hobby that truly brings pure joy to the community it serves (no matter the age or background). Thank you so much Jordan!! Never stop doing what you’re doing.
This experience truly exceeded all of my expectations. I bought this experience as a birthday gift for my best friend and roommate. We drove up to the Berkshires on a Saturday morn…
Ann
May 2018
Wow. What do you write about an experience that left you speechless? This was one of the most unique and wonderful things I've ever done. My partner said it best: "I'm simultaneously more relaxed and more excited than I've ever felt." It was magical and surreal. The experience would not have been half as special if it hadn't been for Jordan, Jamie, and the entire crew's special blend of expertise, reassurance, and good vibes. This is a family-owned and operated business, which should encourage anyone who's considering going on a ride. It's a labor of love for them, and the years of experience show in their every move. Plus, they celebrate your ride with a champagne toast, a snack, and a speech at the end! What? Who does that? A group of people who firmly believe in seeking out the wonder and delight to be found in life, and in sharing it with others. So grateful to have had this opportunity. If you have it, please take it.
Wow. What do you write about an experience that left you speechless? This was one of the most unique and wonderful things I've ever done. My partner said it best: "I'm simultaneou…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 3 and up can attend.

More tips

It will be up to you to get to our launch location at the designated time of flight. We also recommend you bring weather appropriate clothing, closed-toe shoes, and a camera.

What to bring

Camera

Closed-toed shoes (the ground may be wet or muddy in the morning)