Are hot air balloon rides safe?
Balloons have the least number of accidents recorded compared to any other aircraft.
Our modern hot air balloons have many safety features built into the system. The cables attaching the envelope to the basket are kevlar - one of the strongest materials known to man. This prevents any conduction of electricity in the rare event of contact with a power line. Our balloons have two separate but equal burner and fuel systems. The entire system is fully inspected by a trained and qualified mechanic every 100 hours. Redundancy: an important aspect in any aviation operation.
A balloon is an aircraft. ANY aircraft has an element of risk, but those risks are mitigated by the training and safety mindset of the individual flying it.
We attend industry approved safety seminars annually to ensure that we are operating with the latest safety information. Furthermore, we review any accidents that have occurred, analyze what transpired as well as the necessary prevention techniques/improvements. ALL of these elements are important and synchronise to make our balloon operations as safe as possible.
The safety of our passengers and crew is our highest priority. All of our decisions to proceed with or postpone a flight will primarily be based on weather conditions. See our safety section