Tethered Hot Air Balloon Promotions
A hot air balloon that is secured to the ground by lines or
ropes is called a "tethered" balloon. Tethering keeps the balloon in place and
prevents it from flying away from the promotion site. Tethering a balloon permits the pilot to lift off the ground to
a variety of altitudes and return to the same spot. Without ropes or tethers a
balloon will fly away in the direction of the wind. A tethered balloon may be
used for the static display of banners or to carry passengers on short rides.
80-90 feet tall while sitting on the ground
and 55-65 feet in diameter
Multiple bright eye catching colors
Altitudes range from 25-75 feet up depending
upon available space and wind conditions
Tethered rides at the Firefly Music Festival July 2012
Rides may be from 2 to 5 minutes long permitting up to 75
passengers per hour.
The number of passengers is dependent upon
how much wind there is, the passenger weights, and the air temperature that day.
Smaller balloons are used for tethering and the lighter the passengers, the cooler the day,
and the calmer the winds, the greater the number of passengers that may be carried per hour.
You may plan on 3 to 4 passengers per ride permitting 45-75 passengers per hour.
Ride times will be based on the number of people expected to fly.
Site Suitability and Ideal
A minimum area of 200' x 200' clear of
obstacles (power lines, light poles, trees, etc.)
Suitable terrain surface (should be fairly
level, free of debris, mud, & oil - preferably on grass)
Vehicle access and the ability to be driven
on by full size vans
Wind Protection/Light or Calm Winds (a
buffered area out of the wind is best and <6-8 mph)
Early or Late in the Day (to take advantage
of calmer winds, just before or after sunset is best)
If an area is questionable or does not meet the suitability
requirements, a site visit may be conducted to determine if a tether is feasible.
Many times, Google Earth will permit us to determine suitability without
physically visiting your location. There is a $25 charge per hour,
portal to portal, plus mileage fee for an actual site visit.
Static Display (banner
display)................$1,200 per hour
Rides...................................$1,400 per hour
Deposit to book a
date...........................$500 (Included in the 1st hours fee
.55 cents per mile travel
A minimum of one hour is required. $100 Price
break after the 2nd hour and all time after the first hour is charged in
10ths of an hour (6 minute increments).
Banner costs are based on the detail, colors,
and amount of copy. Custom banners are available from 3' x 3' for the basket
to 12' x 32' for the balloon. We will be happy to quote a banner for you.
rationale - the fabric of a balloon is only serviceable for 3-400 flight hours
and may cost over $40,000. A balloon is intended for flying free and not being
held stationary. Tethering is hard on the equipment due to the fact that the
balloon experiences wind loads while being restrained that do not occur
when free flying. An hour of tethering a balloon is equivalent to 2-3 hours of
regular flight time in terms of wear and tear.
Perfect for short term promotions of four
hours or less. We are capable of tethering for longer periods.
Appeals to all age groups and economic strata.
Creates free advertising by generating other
media interest and because they are highly photographed, the photos become
keepsakes making them a long term advertising instrument.
Extremely popular and memorable, it will have
your guests or clients talking about it for years to come
A very cost effective advertising medium.
Balloons are extremely weather dependent
especially with regard to the wind. Even a light breeze may exert several
thousand pounds of force against the balloon. Think of it as a giant sail! Gusty
or unpredictable wind conditions are unsafe to operate in. If weather conditions
on the day of the promotion are obviously outside our operating parameters,
deposits are refundable less $25 if we do not leave our facility. The deposit is
considered earned if we arrive on site and standby awaiting suitable conditions.
Our Tether Client List
American Cancer Society
Red Frog Events, Firefly Music Festival
The International Monetary Fund
U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve
Ernst & Young
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
Baltimore Gas & Electric
Maryland School for the Blind
Nissan Motor Company
University of MD, Baltimore County
Mount Saint Mary's University
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
How to Schedule a Tether
promotions are handled contractually. Contact our office for date availability
and we will prepare a contract for your event. Should you have any questions or wish to book a date, please contact us and we will be happy to assist
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