Win a flight on the MAES Hot Air Balloon

What can you expect with a balloon flight from MAES & Fly The Sky?

We give away a balloon flight in our MAES balloon for one person each time. If you wish to book an extra seat to bring one or more friends along, you can! You can easily book extra seats via Fly The Sky. This will cost you €130 per person. For more information, click here.

But what exactly can you expect if you win the prize?

Once you are declared the winner of our MAES Balloon Flight, we will pass on your name and details to Fly The Sky, as the pilot and his crew are responsible for the flight. With them you can arrange further details.

What exactly is in store for me at the balloon flight?

Surely you can reckon that this activity lasts 3 to 4 hours. First, of course, you will be greeted by the pilot and his crew. You will get a short briefing and can then, if you wish, help prepare the balloon for take-off. Then you will take to the air and will be able to enjoy the incredibly beautiful view for about an hour, possibly with a glass of champagne. Afterwards, the pilot will initiate the landing and, if you want to return, you can help pack up the balloon.

Is ballooning safe?

Yes, there is no need to worry. Balloon flights have proven to be very safe over the years. Fly The Sky’s pilots are also experienced pilots who fly a high-quality, annually inspected balloon. As the balloon flight can only take place when weather conditions are safe, you are always assured of a safe flight.

Can anyone join the competition and, most importantly, get into the balloon?

Importantly, you must join the action and like our Facebook page! Only then are you eligible to win the competition. In addition, anyone can enter the balloon. Only children must be over 1m25 and of course accompanied by an adult. Pregnant women are strongly advised to postpone their balloon flight to a later date, though.

When can the balloon flight take place?

As soon as a date is set, the pilot and crew will check the latest weather conditions. If you have an appointment for an evening flight, the pilot can only confirm with certainty whether the flight will take place around 14-15h on that day. If you have a morning flight then you can expect this phone in the evening before. Earlier is not possible because they have to take into account the latest meteorological data for safety!

It is important to know that balloon flights always take place early in the morning or at dusk. The reason for this is the phenomenon of thermals, which are rising warm air bubbles. A balloon that ends up in such a slack air layer becomes unmanageable. At dawn and dusk, the sun has less power and these vortices disappear. In winter, this phenomenon is completely absent and we could pretty much sail all day, only then the temperature is not there.

Where to meet?

Departures will always take place in the Waasland region, at their fixed take-off sites (Waasmunster, Stekene, Moerbeke, Sint-Niklaas, Berlare, Destelbergen, Lochristi,…). The pilot chooses his own take-off site depending on the wind direction. There is a possibility that we take off at your location, but this is only possible if you book a full basket yourself (i.e. from 5 people). Of course, there must also be no restrictions in the airspace where you want to fly, so over Zaventem, for example, is obviously not an option. In addition, they do then need a space of 50m by 50m with no obstacles and permission from the owner of the space.

Where will we land and how do I get back after landing?

We can estimate in advance, based on the wind, where we will land approximately. But we can never say the exact location with certainty. We always ask passengers to provide a support vehicle to follow the balloon. We can guarantee you that this too is an experience in itself, so your family and/or friends can follow the balloon flight from the ground! Transport back can always be provided, but this does incur extra costs.

What clothes should I wear?

Kleed je comfortabel maar met stevige schoen! Voor de dames raden ze aan om zeker geen hoge hakken aan te doen! Daarnaast moet je je zeker ook niet te warm kleden, de ballon drijft met de wind mee, dus in de mand voel je geen wind. De branders stralen ook deels wat warmte uit naar beneden, dus daar is het meestal iets warmer dan op de grond. Een truitje of jasje voor na de landing ’s avonds kan wel aangenaam zijn.

Wat als ik hoogtevrees heb?

Een vraag die natuurlijk veel voorkomt, maar hoe gek het klinkt meestal heb je in de ballon niet al te veel last van hoogtevrees, ook al ben je hier gevoelig voor. Dit komt omdat hoogtevrees meestal voorkomt bij plaatsen waar er contact is met de grond. Wanneer je bijvoorbeeld op een ladder of toren staat is er contact met de grond en daar heb je last van hoogtevrees, maar gezien er geen contact is met de grond hebben de meeste mensen hier geen last van in de ballon.

Mag ik foto’s nemen en/of filmen?

Natuurlijk! Je kan zelfs je foto’s en filmpjes met ons delen! We raden zelfs aan om zeker genoeg opslagcapaciteit & batterijen te voorzien, want het zicht is foto waardig!

Mag ik roken in de ballon?

Een uurtje in de lucht is voor sommige rokers wel wat lang, daarom krijgen ze deze vraag regelmatig. En terecht, gezien ze op propaangas vliegen is roken ten strengste verboden. Eens ze geland zijn kan je natuurlijk wel, maar dit op veilige afstand, je sigaretje roken.

Of course, you can simply book the hot air balloon flight with our MAES hot air balloon without entering our competition. For more info and bookings, you can always contact Fly The Sky.