Flying Since 1975
Since 1975, Adventure Balloon Rides has combined the rich traditions of old world ballooning with the latest in aerostatic technology making us one of the oldest and most experienced full-service balloon companies in the U.S. Our balloons are custom designed and maintained in our own FAA certified aircraft repair station (QJBR584K) and piloted by the finest balloon pilots in the industry.
For over 42 years’ pilots from America, Japan, China, Middle East, Africa, and many other countries, have earned their Private and Commercial Pilot Certificates in our FAA Certified Part 141 Training School (QJBV584K). Our school has earned the record of having a 100% pass rate and can train new pilots in as littles as 5 to 7 days.
Adventure Balloon Rides is known throughout the industry for its work on aerospace projects, serving as a consultant to NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), General Dynamics, Lockheed, Hughes and a host of other major companies.
We have pilots who are members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and are frequent advisors in the film industry, specializing in aerial effects and dabbling in everything from revving up the engines of the Batmobile to performing on Super Bowl Commercials and major motion pictures. Our balloons, airships and other special effects have appeared in over 160 TV commercials, TV shows and a host of other films. (See video excerpts of some of our film performances in the picture gallery).
Adventure Balloon Rides has built and flown its own airships all over the world and offers a variety of flight experiences including helicopter tours, glider flights and ultralight airplane training lessons. The Chief Pilot of Adventure Balloon Rides is an FAA certified instructor with over 7,000 flight hours and is rated to fly balloons, airplanes, gliders, rotorcraft, airships (blimps) and ultralight airplanes. Additionally, he holds a degree in Geological Sciences and Meteorology.