Here are the most frequently asked questions that we receive about hot air balloons:
Good question! The simple answer is that nobody knows, exactly! The pilot will have done flight planning before the launch to ensure that the forecast wind direction does not take the balloon towards an unsuitable area. S/he will use the different air currents at different altitudes to steer the balloon toward a good landing place. The pilot also closely follows agreements with local landowners.
The Civil Aviation Administration controls ballooning with the same strict regulations that apply to airplanes.
If well taken care of, a balloon envelope should last approximately 500 flying hours.