What to Expect
We only fly once a day ( always weather depending), and we meet before sunrise at the pickup location in the
Panera Bread parking lot located at 8190 Laura Ln, Davenport, FL 33896. Please see the map below for where to park. Safety is a top priority and the balloon rides can be canceled at any time if the conditions are not favorable. Everyone in the party is required to wear closed toed shoes. The entire experience will last about 3.5 hours from the time we pick you up to when we return you to your vehicle.
We can accommodate up to 2-7 passengers depending on total body weight. If you would like to fly with more passengers, please contact us to discuss options for flying with a large group.
The Day before the flight
Safety is our top priority and the balloon ride can be canceled at any time due to unsafe weather conditions. Your pilot will monitor the winds both on the surface and up to 3000 feet in the air. We will check the weather at 7:30. pm the night before the flight. Your pilot will send you a email confirmation that the flight is a go or advise you that we need to reschedule. The email will come from Airhound Adventures <firstname.lastname@example.org> We only fly at sunrise and sunrise changes throughout the year so your pickup time can very between 0 to 30 minutes from your original reservation time.
The Morning of your flight
One hour before our set meeting time the pilot will verify that the weather readings are still within safe operating limits. In the event we will need to cancel the pilot will send you an email and text letting you know we need to reschedule. If you are traveling from more than one hour away, please let us know at time of booking.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Please arrive at the set meeting time and allow for traffic and final bathroom breaks. We only fly once a day at sunrise and if we are late from the pick-up site, we might have to cancel your flight. If you don't show up or are late for your scheduled flight, we are not able to book other passengers on this day so the cancellation fee would be applied. The cancellation policy could be the FULL amount of your flight. No-show will result in a forfeiture of your entire flight fee or voucher.
When you arrive at the pickup location (8190 Laura Ln, Davenport, FL 33896 - Panera Bread parking lot) You will see multiple Red trailers. Please park at the end of the Panera parking-lot in the BLUE area below. Park and lock your vehicles and walk over near the green area on the map below. We will be standing outside. Ask for "Air Hound Adventures" or "Max" and we will get you synced up with your pilot. Each participant will need to sign an “Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Liability”. Your vehicle will remain at Panera and you will ride in the chase car until we return after the flight. Please refer to the map below.
The 7/11 gas station will be your final bathroom break.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled departure time so you don't miss your balloon flight
Departing for the launch field
During the inflation process your pilot or crew may ask for your assistance in preparing the balloon for inflation. Once the balloon is inflated and ready the pilot will instruct you to board and provide safety guidelines for during the flight. Flights last around one hour, depending on wind and weather. Once we land you may be asked to help pack the balloon away.
After the Flight
After the flight we will have a celebration that typically includes champagne and treats. If you have any dietary restrictions (for example Gluten, Citrus/Peanut Allergies) please let us know at booking.