Flight safety

Statistically, balloon flying is the safest form of transport. Balloon design is very simple, without complicated equipment and electronics. Therefore there is very little possibility of fault. Apart from that, the take-off and landing happen in very low speeds, not comparable with e.g. sport aeroplanes or ultralights. Balloons fly only in calm weather, which guarantees safe flight. There has been no deadly accident since the beginning of balloon flight history in Czech Republic (resp. ČSSR) in the 80s.

The same safety regulations used for leading European airliners also applies for balloon flying. That means all our balloons must be taken to regular technical inspections in authorized aircraft maintenance. Our pilots attend regular training, and must repeatedly pass through theoretical and practical test in order to keep the pilot licence valid. Even their regular health checks are more than just a formality.

Completely unfounded are worries of non-balloonists, such as: what if

  • the burner had a fault (our balloons have dual-burners, i.e. two completely independent units. One unit is enough to fly.)
  • we ran out of gas (each burner unit is fuelled from a separate bottle, and there are 1-2 reserve bottles.)
  • the envelope of the balloon ripped (the envelope is divided by strong laces into smaller parts, which would stop potential spreading of the rip. It is safe to land the balloon even with more parts damaged.)