If you live in, or are visiting, the Greater Kansas City area and still have a Hot Air Balloon Ride on your bucket list, Kansas City AeroSports can help you make a ride your reality. When we are in town from the Spring through the Fall and the weather is conducive to balloon flying, we love to fly rides over our home city! We offer both tether (tied to the ground with long ropes) and free-flight (From launch and full flight to landing) rides on a limited basis.
“The most professional team, the experience unbelievable.” Ray Cole, passenger in Kansas City
Oh, what a view!
We fly anywhere from treetop level to several thousand feet in the air giving you one of the most beautiful views of the area! Don’t be surprised to see a variety of wildlife and gain a new appreciation for garden layouts. During our flight, the Balloon Chase Crew will follow on the ground beneath us and meet us wherever we land. Once the balloon is packed away, you will be treated to a post-flight ceremony where each passenger receives a personalized “First Balloon Flight” Certificate to commemorate your adventure.
Reservations and Preparation
Kansas City AeroSports does not set a specific calendar of available dates and times for balloon ride passenger flights. We have plenty of beautiful flying days in our part of the country; however, we find it best to connect with our passengers first to discuss scheduling availability of all parties involved.
Please complete the Contact Us form and tell us if you are interested in taking a Hot Air Balloon Passenger Ride or hiring us for Tether Rides. Let us know your ideal timeframe and if your flight is to celebrate a specific occasion.
Once we have visited with you and secured your reservation with a deposit, we will contact you via phone the evening before a morning flight or the early afternoon of an evening flight. You will be given a meeting time and location. NOTE: It is very important that we have a correct contact number for you and very important that you are on time.
After all paperwork and payments are collected, the balloon will be inflated and prepared for your adventure to begin.
Click here to download our FREE hot air balloon passenger pre-flight checklist.
Pricing and Policies
COST: $350 per passenger for Balloon Ride Passenger Flights that do not take place during a hot air balloon event. Tether Ride arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis depending on your group/event size.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT: A non-refundable deposit of at least $100 is required to reserve your Hot Air Balloon Ride on our passenger list. Full payment must be received prior to your flight. You may pay with cash or a check payable to Kansas City AeroSports. Credit card payments are also accepted and a small processing charge will be added to your total.
PHYSICAL RESTRICTION: Only 2-3 passengers can fly in the same balloon at the same time depending on the cumulative weight. Passengers’ individual weights will be kept confidential, however for your safety and ours, they must be accurate and given to Kansas City AeroSports upon your reservation. Passengers must also be able to climb in and out of the basket and hold onto the side rail of the basket as needed throughout the flight.
AGE RESTRICTION: All passengers must be 12 years of age or older.
PASSENGER RELEASE FORM: All passengers, or guardians of passengers, must sign a waiver prior to your flight. You will be provided with a copy of this form upon confirmation of your flight reservation.
WEATHER: Safety is our primary concern. As with any outdoor sport, we have no control over inclement weather conditions. Wind speed, direction, precipitation, temperature, humidity and weather systems moving within at least a 100-mile radius must all be taken into consideration. That being said, the pilot wants to fly as much as you do, so he or she will be monitoring all of these conditions closely to do their best to fly AND keep everyone involved as safe as possible. All flight and weather related decisions are solely made by the pilot-in-command of your balloon ride – tether or free flight.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Passengers MUST give at least 24 hours notice for cancellation to avoid charges. If your flight is postponed by the pilot for any reason, you will be given alternative dates to ride. Refunds are only made if alternative arrangements cannot be made, and only on a case-by-case basis. NOTE: Kansas City AeroSports reserves the right at any time to cancel any flight or refuse any passenger for any reason in the interest of safety. The decision will be made by the pilot-in-command of the balloon.
GIFT CERTIFICATES: You may purchase gift certificates for $275 per passenger. Kansas City AeroSports gift certificates will only be honored with a flight if it can be arranged at a mutually agreed upon time prior to the expiration date. Gift certificates from national certificate sellers or other companies are not accepted.
This page will give you an opportunity to learn more about what to expect before and during your hot air balloon flight with Kansas City AeroSports. Below are just a few questions we get asked all the time by our passengers. If you have other questions or wish to know more, please don’t hesitate to CONTACT US.
What is it like to fly in a hot air balloon?
How long will it take?
What time do we fly?
What conditions prohibit a flight?
Where will we take off?
What should I wear?
How high and far can we fly?
What is the landing like?
Where will we land?
Can my family and friends follow the balloon?
How do we get back?
Must I sign a 'Release of Liability Form'?
Is there an age limit?
How do I make a reservation?
What if I need to cancel my flight?
Is our pilot licensed?
How big is the balloon?