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Airborne Adventures Flight Training

Hot Air Balloon Flight Training in The Yorkshire Dales

We no longer offer Hot air balloon pleasure flights as such, but we are able to offer a private flight just for two people that takes the format of hot air balloon training flight. The flight will last for one hour and will be finished off in the traditional way with a glass of Champagne. The whole experience will last for approximately three hours from the meeting and briefing at the launch site, to final departure when we return you to your car.

If you need overnight accommodation, we also offer luxury B&B at 1 Fairy Lane.

Should you then wish to take your training further we are able to help with that and you should have a look at the details below to point you in the right direction.

A hot air balloon is a registered aircraft, the same as any fixed wing aircraft or helicopter. As such the person in command must hold a valid Private Pilot’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority specifically for ballooning; this is known as the PPL(B).

Although anyone with average ability can fulfil the requirements for the PPL(B) it is not an activity to be taken lightly. As a pilot you must be sufficiently competent at operating the balloon and have such knowledge to be able to cope with any problems or circumstances that may arise. In addition you will be responsible for the people you might carry in the basket.

PPL requirements

Do not be daunted, the standard required is based on common sense, not academic brilliance!

  • Minimum flying experience of 16 hours within 24 months.
  • A minimum of 6 flights
  • A minimum of 4 flights with a BBAC approved Instructor; the rest may be with any valid PPL(B)
  • To keep a flight log with flight training records completed by the instructing pilot.
  • To keep a BBAC training log; this is a requirement of the BBAC not the CAA.
  • To be recommended by a BBAC approved Instructor for a flight test.
  • To undertake a flight test examination with a CAA approved Examiner.
  • Perform a solo flight under the supervision of the Examiner or an instructor delegated by the Examiner.
  • Take written examination in Aviation Law, Navigation, Meteorology, Balloon Systems and Human Performance.
  • Medical declaration of fitness signed by your GP. Some GPs will require an examination.
  • Attend an approved Landowner Relations Seminar.
  • Complete the written examinations and flight test within a 24 month period.

Further in depth information is available on the BBAC website