Hi! Welcome to my blog, The Inside Scoop, a compilation of interesting tidbits about the most fun you can have in an afternoon or early morning-hot air ballooning!

Here’s The Scoop:

My name is Johanna and I’ll be bringing all kinds of information to you about ballooning on this site, as well as on our FaceBook page, Balloons Aloft Hot Air Balloon Flights (in New Jersey, USA). My handsome husband Marty and I have owned and operated Balloons Aloft for about 25 years. He’s a great pilot (airplane and balloon!) and he’s happiest when he’s up in the air.

I’ve discovered over that time that there are many misconceptions, unknown facts, and just downright falsehoods surrounding this very cool sport. Tune in to learn or just be entertained. Fact is sometimes stranger than fiction!

You love your special someone, and you’re ready to propose. You know they’re ready too, just waiting for you to make their dreams come true. But how to do it? As the ideas swirl around in your head,...

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New Jersey, specifically Hunterdon County, NJ is a Mecca for hot air ballooning for many reasons. Consider first that New Jersey is known as “The Garden State”. The iconic corn and tomatoes aside, a...

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No matter when you’re lucky enough to get in the basket of a hot air balloon, you can know that you’re in for a magical adventure. That is my opinion, but it’s backed up by conversations with thousan...

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A pilot must have a Commercial Pilot license in order to fly passengers.

Passengers need to make a reservation for a flight.

Balloons fly just before or at sunrise and a couple of hours before...

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“I can still feel the initial lift. Not totally unpleasant, but certainly not thrilling for me. The ground was suddenly 20-30-50-100-500 feet below us. And I was hooked. I became one with the gorgeous...

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If you’ve ever thought about taking a hot air balloon ride, you probably have a picture in your head about what it will be like. What it will feel like. What it will look like. What season it will b...

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So you’ve made the decision to take a balloon ride. NOW what?

Well, first call in all your favors with the weather gods. Only kidding. But just be aware that ballooning is very weather-dependent....

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The hot air balloon pilot is indispensable for a balloon flight. He/she expertly launches the huge balloon into the air, guides it over the treetops or up into the air hundreds of feet from the groun...

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That is the question!

OK, so Sara’s birthday is the 11th…let’s do a balloon ride!” “Great idea! It’s on her bucket list!”

So the reservation is made.

As instructed, these wonderful passengers...

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“…I’d like to take a balloon ride around 10 o’clock tomorrow morning…” So begins many a phone call (908) 996-3333 to our balloon office.

Here’s the problem: because of wind speeds, balloons can fl...

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Balloons Aloft is based at and launches from Sky Manor Airport in Pittstown, Hunterdon County, NJ.

Where is Hunterdon County you ask? You’ll find Hunterdon County in west-central NJ, just minutes f...

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As I sit here in my office on this gorgeous day in April, it occurs to me that most people have never been in a hot air balloon and many can’t even conjure an idea of why they might want leave the gro...

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It’s July. It’s pretty hot out.

You’re scheduled to go on a balloon flight. (Good for you!) As instructed, you call to confirm your flight the day before it’s scheduled. (So we know you’re a grea...

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“How high will we be flying?”

Passengers frequently ask this question. I would want to know too, if I were a prospective flyer. It seems reasonable. After all, when we’re flying in a jet the capt...

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