Hot Air Balloon Tether event

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Overview

A hot air balloon tether event is a great way for a lot of people to experience a hot air balloon ride without the balloon taking off and landing in another field 5+ miles away. During a tether event the balloon is secured to the ground normally attached to three or four tie offs. The balloon will take passengers up between 30’ to 60’ depending on the weather conditions, and the balloon stays up or about 3 to 5 minutes before coming back down and landing. Then we will swap the next set of passengers and go back up. We continue to perform tethered rides for the duration of the event or until weather forces us to suspend operations. On average we can take between 50 to 75 people in the balloon each hour. You can bring out multiple balloons depending how large your event is and how large of an area that you have for the balloons.

 

Cost

The Hourly Rate is $1,500.00 per balloon, per hour. There is a MINIMUM of TWO hours for all tether events. There is a deposit of $500.00 per balloon that is due with the signed contract. We will create a formal contract that you will review and return to us before booking the event. The Final Payment is due (7) days prior to the event start time.

 

EXAMPLE

For a 2hr event with 1 balloon the cost would be $3,000 and depending on distance they maybe be additional charger for travel.
 

Additional Travel Cost

For event that are further then 40 miles from our normal operating area (8190 Laura Ln, Davenport, FL 33896) In addition to the Hourly Rate, there is a Travel Cost of $475.00 per balloon per day + $.50 per mile to and from the venue. 

Site Visit

Depending on the venue we may arrange a site visit. This will allow us to inspect the proposed balloon tether area. In the event we are not able to travel to the site we may opt for a video call where you can still show us the site.  

 

Weather conditions

Hot air balloons can only be operated safely in certain weather conditions. AirHound Adventures has sole and absolute discretion to determine if whether conditions allow for safe operations of the balloons.  AirHound Adventures may at any time cancel the balloon event if weather conditions are unsafe.  The balloons will not inflate in winds greater than five (6) miles per hour on the ground. The pilot has the final determination if it’s safe to operate the balloon.  While the ground winds might look safe and our balloons stand over 100’ tall. Our pilot has to ensure the winds are safe from the ground up to 250’ high.

Weather Dependent

Our team will monitor the weather the week leading up to the event. We will contact the client at least 24 hours before the event. During this call we will provide the current weather forecast from the weather station nearest to the venue. On this call we will make our final recommendation on whether the event should continue as planned for should be rescheduled/canceled. We fly balloon seven days a week and we monitor the weather constantly so our recommendation and our experience reading the weather is normally a good indication of what you can expect for the event. There is also a possibility that the weather looks great on the forcast but when we show up to the venue and we test the winds if they are out of safe operating limits we will not inflate the balloons.

 

back up weather decision

If our team determines that the weather doesn’t look like it will be safe to inflate the balloons, we will inform the client.

 The client will have 2 options

  1.  Cancel the event.

    • If we have informed you that weather does not look safe you can choose to cancel the event and you would receive a FULL refund.

  2. Continue with the event

    • Our team will show up with the balloons and we will see if the weather allows, us to complete the tether event

    • Florida weather can change, and the event might still be possible. If the client chooses this option, there is a $750 fee per balloon that isn’t refundable. If we arrive and can’t inflate because of weather, we can  still setup the basket and burner to let your guest take pictures and even try the burner.

    • The basket and balloon will not be setup if it is actively raining  

    • NOTE that both the $750.00 and travel cost will be NON-refundable if the client chooses this option.

 

Refunds 

After the first full and complete tether ride, the client shall not be entitled to a refund of any portion of the payment price or the additional Travel Cost. AirHound Adventures will complete as many tether flights as possible within the duration of event.  If the our pilot determines it is not safe to continue, the balloons will be deflated and the event shall be suspended for up to one (1) hour.  If the weather conditions do not become safe within one (1) hour, the event will be cancelled and no refund will be given. 
 

Rain 

If the Hot Air Balloon Tether is weathered out The Hot Air Balloon team will be entitled to expenses in the amount of $750.00 per balloon.


Capacity

Maximum Capacity.  Depending on the total weight of the passengers, each balloon can carry between (2) to (5) passengers at one time.

 

Balloon tether area.

The balloon(s) will need an area no less than 150 feet by (150) feet per balloon.  The areas must be clear of all power lines, trees, and other obstructions.  If you are unsure if an area is large enough please email us with the address and the proposed area and we will reach back out to you to discuss options. Our email is info@airhoundfl.com

 

Time and Date

In Florida we perform tether events after sunrise or after sunset. During the middle of the day, it is too hot, and the winds can be uncooperative. The event is always weather dependent but if you have a specific time you would like to hold the event please reach out to us to discuss.

 

PRE-BOOKING QUESTIONAIRE

Please fill out the below pre-booking questionnaire and email it to us at info@airhoundfl.com

1. Is the primary point of contacts

Name:

Phone number:

Email:

 

2.What is the Address where the event would take place?


3. Date and Time you would like to host? If this date is canceled for weather, is there a back-up date?