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Myths About Hot Air Balloon Rides in the Winter

Laurie Givin - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

During the cold season, a lot of people become hesitant to get a hot air balloon trip because they think it will be intolerably cold. In actuality, this is not the case! Here are common myths about hot air balloons during Winter, and how things really are.

“It’s colder going up in altitude”

This is not always the case. On morning flights, only the Earth’s surface is colder. Once we’ve climbed over 200 feet in the air, we’ll feel a slightly warmer temperature. This phenomenon is called temperature inversion, and it is always present in the morning. Aside from predictable wind speeds, this is what makes morning the optimum time for hot air balloon flight.

“I’ll feel wind chills!”

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Whatever season it may be, wind chills don’t really exist when you’re in the basket of a hot air balloon. This is because you’re riding along with the wind, not against it! Think of it as riding behind glass windows. You won’t feel wind chills while you’re inside the basket.

“Shouldn’t it be hard for hot air balloons to fly in Winter?”

Hot air balloons actually fly better in cold air! This is because the temperature difference between the inside and the outside of the balloon determines the lift it develops. You also don’t need to worry about the liquid propane in the fuel tanks freezing up; this can be easily solved by charging the tanks with inert gases such as nitrogen, or warming them with electric heat tapes.

“I can’t stand the cold without a heater”

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We actually do have a heater, right above our heads! The gas burners keep the balloon flying and even though it only goes up, the heat still radiates and benefits us passengers too. Combine the radiation heat from the burner and the radiation heat of the entire balloon down to the basket, we won’t be freezing that much.

Of course, tolerance to cold temperature is subjective. Therefore, It’s important to have company, as body heat can really warm you up. We hope this article has helped. Don’t hesitate and join us for an amazing flight! Avail a balloon ride with your friends and family, cozy up in a basket, and enjoy the view from an eagle’s vantage point!  

If you are wanting to book a winter hot air balloon ride, NOW is the time!! Get $25 per rider through December 31st!! Purchase your ride or gift voucher today!


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Celebrate Thanksgiving with a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Laurie Givin - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thanksgiving is truly a special time to show our gratitude for wonderful families, friends, blessed events and all the amazing gifts life has offered! The fun events of the holiday are as embracing as the spirit of gratitude itself, so it only makes sense to have fun with your loved ones for this special occasion. With that said, there’s no other experience than from the skies above!

Here at Gentle Breeze, we’ve been in the business of creating unforgettable moments for over 38 years. You’ll be in good hands while you get views of beautiful landscapes from a sky-high vantage point. It is an exciting way to give thanks, and it leaves everyone refreshed!

You don’t have to worry if there’s too many of you. Our ride balloons can carry between 2 to 6 passengers in one balloon, and we can carry 20+ in multiple balloons per flight!

Show your holiday spirits by letting your loved ones have the experience of a lifetime. Enjoy beautiful scenery and make precious memories all in one basket! Get to know the feeling of gliding weightlessly in the sky as sunlight spreads across the land this Thanksgiving! If you’re up for the excitement, book now!

In closing, we are thankful for all the great friends, coworkers, customers, and community members we have encountered this year. We wish you the most pleasant of Thanksgivings and hope you enjoy this fantastic holiday season!

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Our Trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2017

Laurie Givin - Monday, October 17, 2016

The History of Hot Air Balloons

Laurie Givin - Friday, August 19, 2016
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17th Annual Flag City Balloonfest

Laurie Givin - Friday, July 22, 2016
We couldn't be more excited to join in for the Flag City Balloonfest at Emory Adams Park in Findlay, Ohio for another year!! We've had so much fun in the past and we really hope that you all can make it out to join the fun!  Read More

Bond With Your Dad

Laurie Givin - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Brian's Trip to Phoenix: Certifying New Hot Air Balloon Pilots

Laurie Givin - Tuesday, April 12, 2016



This last week, Phoenix, AZ was filled with hot air balloon students looking to take their private and commercial check rides. Although there are hundreds of FAA examiners licensed to provide check rides for airplane pilots, very few are certified to be a flight examiner for hot air balloon pilots. In the western half of the United States, there are only two-- one in California and one in Utah. Brian Trapp, a dedicated examiner from Ohio, traveled to Phoenix to give check rides for five students. Brian has over 4,500 hours in balloons, and has been flying since 1983.  Read More

Why Is Gentle Breeze an Awesome Hot Air Balloon Company?

Laurie Givin - Monday, February 29, 2016

I cannot give this company or the flight team enough praise! Our pilot, Brian, was absolutely wonderful with a great sense of humor! He really eased our nerves & to my surprise... helped eased my fiancé's nerves enough so he could propose! Yes, he popped the question, in the air & Laurie (Brian's wife) was beyond amazing with helping my fiancé plan, prep & succeed in creating a flawless proposal. I highly recommend this incredible duo!! Read More

The Best & Worst Weather for Hot Air Balloons

Laurie Givin - Thursday, January 28, 2016

Before we fly our majestic, floating giants, we always check on the weather. And we mean ALWAYS. The weather is THE most important factor when it comes to flying a hot air balloon because the safety of our riders and pilots come first!  Read More

The Lowdown on Hot Air Balloons

Laurie Givin - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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