Learn to Fly
Aerosaurus Balloons are proud to teach and promote Hot Air Ballooning. If you've had a balloon flight with us and been inspired to fly one yourself then why not contact us today and find out more.
Our Pilot School can cater to your needs supplying all the equipment, training, instruction and exams at the best possible price.
To obtain a PPL (B) Balloon Pilots license you need to have completed the following:
You can be taught and log flights with any balloon pilot, as long as they hold a full UK PPL(B) license. As for the instructor flights you can use one of our commercial pilots, who is also an instructor, or a choice of several other Westcountry (mainly Bristol area) based instructors.
To start logging your flights you’ll need your Training Log and Pilots Log Book. Both can be purchased via Pooleys or Aerosaurus. These books are used to record every flight you do. Your Training Log records advice and notes from the pilot who you were training with for each flight.
Ballooning is very weather dependant. As a generalisation suitable conditions are a stable atmosphere (not thermic or thundery), no rain, a minimum of 5km visibility and a cloud base sufficient to allow 1,500m horizontal and 1,000m vertical visibility. Wind speeds should be 9kts or under at the surface and not greater than 18kts at 2,000ft above sea level.
All pilots in command must have the following for each flight.
Aerosaurus can train you directly, from start to finish, however we are subject to British weather. If your time is restricted by a full time job, allow 12 months for the course. The more availability you have the quicker you will graduate.
Ground Crew Retrieving
To get an initial feeling for Hot Air Ballooning we can offer the opportunity to become part of our ground retrieve crew on a commercial (Public Transport) flight. We strongly recommend that aspiring pilots spend some initial time in this role as it offers the opportunity of ‘hands on’ experience and the chance to actually see what's involved in the whole process from pre flight weather decisions through to post flight refuelling prior to committing to a long term expense.
Retrieving does not allow you the opportunity to fly the balloon but covers core piloting ground skills such as meteorology, launch site decision, balloon inflation & deflation, navigation, passenger handling, flight paperwork, refuelling and landowner relations. For those who wish to continue with retrieving in parallel to their pilot training there is also the opportunity of partially offsetting crew remuneration against pilot training costs.
Interested in working for Aerosaurus Hot Air Balloons? Check our vacancies page.
Flight Training Costs
To find out more call us on 01404 823102.