Balloons travel with the wind. We really only know our destiny when we get there, and every flight is different.
Again, this depends on the wind speed and direction. Morning winds in Cappadocia are normally light and variable, so you are just as likely to go around in a circle as fly in a straight line. You may not fly very far, but it will be fun getting there!
We normally fly at altitudes up to 2000 feet above ground, although sometimes it is necessary to go higher to find different wind directions.
Even in mid summer Cappadocia can be quite cold at dawn, but once in the air it is warmer because there is no wind and the sun is rising. There is some radiant heat from the burner over your head.
As we take off you will be amazed at the panoramic view of the landscape below. As we climb higher you will be able to understand how the amazing Cappadocia region was formed, and nearer the ground you will get a close-up of the 'fairy chimneys' and the cave dwellings many of them contain.
No, we will not come back to the take off area! When it is time to land the Pilot will brief the passengers and point out the likely landing site. The flying area has many good landing sites, usually close to a road or track accessible to your minibuses.
Yes, definitely! You will be amazed at the number of photo opportunities during your flight. Just make sure you have plenty of film / digital capacity.
Please wear long sleeves, trousers and flat shoes (trainers or walking boots are ideal). T-shirts, shorts, skirts and dresses are not recommended.
People should not fly if they are suffering any serious illness. If in any doubt, you should contact a doctor as we are not qualified to assess your condition.
You MUST NOT FLY if you are, or think you are, pregnant.
There are no age limits, but children under 7 and adults over 70 will only be flown at the discretion of the Pilot.
Well, you won’t be alone. Many people are scared of heights, but during the flight ballooning is quiet and different. You do not get any sensation of movement or speed; the ground simply seems to fall away. You will quickly lose any fear you had; in fact, many people who were initially a bit scared want to go straight back up once they have landed.
This happens very rarely during our main season, but is more likely during the winter months. Nowadays turkish aeronautical authorities decide if the weather conditions are suitable to fly or not! Normally the flight is cancelled if it is raining or the wind is too strong that day. If the flight is cancelled you will receive a full refund of any payments made to Sultan Balloons.
There are three main parts of a balloon; the ENVELOPE, made from lightweight rip-stop nylon fabric; the BASKET, made of wicker, which carries the Pilot, passengers and liquid propane fuel tanks; and the BURNER, which turns the liquid propane into gas which burns to heat the air in the envelope.
An experienced crew can inflate a balloon in 15 to 20 minutes, and it takes about the same time to deflate and pack-up after flight.
Not really, as balloons can only fly where the winds takes them. However the Pilot can often find winds blowing in different directions at different heights. By changing height he can use these winds to achieve some changes in direction.