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Safe Flying is No Accident

Ballooning is inherently a very safe way to fly. Takeoffs and landings are usually done at less than 10 MPH compared to the 100 MPH of other aircraft.

While Ballooning can be done all year, it is a fair weather sport.  Because balloons float with the wind we don't fly in high winds or when winds are gusting.  We also avoid midday flying when sun thermals are creating turbulent air.  Sunrise and two hours before sunset are the best times to fly.  Sometimes we'll all get to the launch field and the pilot will have to make the decision to cancel the flight.  We have a saying in the ballooning community  "It's better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than it is to be in the air wishing you were on the ground".

Passengers should wear long pants and flat heeled shoes, sneakers or boots.
Crew and helpers should wear gloves when handling the skirt during the inflation and when holding ropes.
 
Never wrap a rope around any part of your body.
Stay clear of the business end of the burner.
Keep loose clothing, camera straps etc. away from entanglement in the inflation fan.
When I brief my passengers before the flight I always ask them to help me out by keeping their eyes peeled for power lines.

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