Why should you
choose Roping The Wind
The Wind Hot Air Balloon Company is the only full time ballooning
in Arizona offering flights exclusively for couples. We fly sport
that can accommodate just 2 people and a pilot in a comfortable basket.
Most balloon ride companies cater to large groups and fly
that carry 10-24 people each! The difference is similar to riding
in a bus or having your very own personal limousine... in the sky! We
take pride in
most private and personalized
flight experience available in Arizona!
Ballooning is an expensive hobby/sport, however we
able to keep our costs down by operating small sport balloons and
our company 'family' like, yet without sacrificing any aspect of the
in terms of professionalism and safety. It is very important to ask
questions when calling around and deciding which company to choose for
your balloon flight experience. For the price, will you be the
only two on board or will there be other passengers with you?
Hot Air Balloon Company?
You can fly with the other companies...
Or you can fly with us!!!
you can see from these two pictures above... Roping The Wind HABC
offers the most private, the most exclusive, the most intimate and the
most personal balloon flight experience available in Arizona! We
do not fly larger balloons and also offer private flights... we
specialize in private flights for two people and two people only!
Ballooning began in the 1970's as a recreational activity. It was
family and friends going out for a morning sunrise balloon flight
together. It grew over the years and became a way to pay for their
hobby and continued to expand into a commercial activity and taking
people up for rides. "The more peple we fly, the more money we make!"
So they started building bigger and bigger balloons. Today, Phoenix is
the largest commercial ballooning market in the USA. Its big companies
and big balloons. The general attitude is about "hauling people". 12-24
passenger large ride balloons are a common sight in the Phoenix skies.
Your pilot, Capt Scott, has flown all sizes of balloons. He is
intimitely familar with the operations of large outfits and has flown
for many of them over the years. Which is why he started his own
company, to take ballooning back to the early days, when it was all
about fun, family and friends. When you fly with Roping The Wind, you
are not just another passenger. You will become part of the team. Our
flights are very interactive. We will allow you to get as little or as
much hands on as you like. You will feel like you are part of our team!
We tend to develop a good relationship with our passengers. When we
part ways after the flight, we feel like we made new friends! In fact,
many "like" Capt Scott on social media and stay in contact for years to
come! Some have even joined on with our team for occasional
recreational flights. We are all about family and friends! We welcome
you into the Roping The Wind balloon team family!
You will find, from the initial phone call/contact with us to the time
spent in the field, we are the friendliest balloon company in town! We
are a small, but
very professional ballooning operation. When you contact Roping The
Wind HABC, your call will not be handled by a 'front desk' person, you will be greeted by your pilot (also the owner of the company!). Any
questions you have about the company or general questions about
ballooning, you will get direct and knowledgeable answers.
fly meticulously maintained and clean balloons. Prior to our
inflation's and landings on the sometimes dusty desert floor, our
crew will lay out ground tarps to keep our colorful balloons shiny and
clean. Our balloons are visually inspected after each and every flight
flown. We fly only Firefly
Balloons, crafted by The Balloon Works in
North Carolina. Firefly Balloons has been manufacturing sport balloons
since the mid 70's and is one of the most experienced in the industry.
They are also one of the original manufacturers of sport hot air
air balloons are FAA certified aircraft and follow the same
as do fixed wing planes at the local airport. In addition, our balloons
go through regular maintenance as required under the Federal Aviation
Your pilot is also an FAA certified commercial pilot who has gone
a rigorous training process to obtain a pilot's license. With over 27
and 3100 hours in balloons, you can be assured a very safe and
experience. In addition, we regularly attend and compete in national
competitions to continually hone and improve our skills. Your pilot is
one of only a few Arizona pilots that is consistently ranked in the
national ranking system. You can learn more about your pilot here!
should ask when 'calling around':
It is important to ask questions
when calling around and inquiring about a balloon flight! There are
lots of choices for balloon companies in the local phone book. These
companies range from small part time weekend businesses to big multi
balloon operations. Some questions to consider:
the company Does the company
operate full time or are they just
a weekend/part time business? A recreational or weekend operation
is not necessarily negative, however flying with a full time
ballooning company assures that you are flying with a professional who
does ballooning for a living and is extremely experienced and
knowledgeable in all facets of hot air ballooning.
long has the company been in business? Safety record of the
company? Safety record of the
companies pilots and the pilot you will be flying with? Have they ever
had an accident or any FAR violations? Roping
The Wind HABC has been in business
since 1997. Your pilot, Scott Nicol, has been flying balloons for over
27 years. We are very proud to say that we have never had an accident
or FAR violation of any kind nor have we ever had a claim of any kind
on our insurance. We will continue to work hard to maintain this
record. It can be disapointing to have your flight canceled the morning
of the flight... sometimes right up to the scheduled meeting time...
however, this is for your safety. Arizona has some of the best weather
conditions for hot air ballooning and we lose only a small percentage
of our flights due to weather. Occasionally though, weather systems do
move across the state and bring with them breezy conditions and even
rain on a rare occasion! Many of our passengers are tourists and
rescheduling is sometimes not an option. We make every effort possible
to accommodate a flight (we will typically give the weather a chance
and make a final call early on the morning of your flight), however if
weather conditions are not suitable for a safe flight.... canceling a
flight is not a difficult decision. We have a saying in ballooning....
"we would rather be down here wishing we were up there, then up there
wishing we were down here!".
the company locally based? Where do they fly? Are they knowledgeable on
the local flying area? These
are also very important questions to ask when choosing a company for
your ballooning experience. A pilot that is very knowledgeable of the
local flying terrain and wind patterns understands how the overall
weather pattern effects the typical local wind patterns. This ables
your pilot to make a more informed decision when determining if
conditions are safe for balloon flight. This same knowledge will also
allow your pilot to provide the most scenic and enjoyable flight based
on the weather and wind direction the day of your flight.
are several 'Nationwide balloon flight Gift Certificate' companies
advertising in the local newspapers and other print media as well as on
the Internet. These companies claim to operate in the East Valley or
Phoenix areas. Sometimes they will even have a local phone number. They
are NOT locally based and often times do not even have pilots or
balloons. You purchase a gift certificate from them and then you can
redeem it at any of their 'nationwide locations' (local balloon
companies that are affiliated with them). Often times, you will end up
paying much more as you are booking with a middleman and often find
there is no local affiliate in your area! These companies have multiple
websites in many markets and may appear to be local. If you dont get a
"local" feel or vibe while exploring a website, it probably isnt
local! Roping The Wind
HABC has never, and will never, be affiliated with any of these
operations. We choose to do business the old fashioned way... directly
with our customers and on a local level!
many people, a hot air balloon flight will be a once in a lifetime
experience. Take the time to ask questions and even do additional
homework to assure you are going to be flying with an experienced
company with a strong knowledge of the local flying area. Roping The
Wind Hot Air Balloon Company is based in Mesa, Arizona.