I live in the Piedmont Triad Region of North Carolina, specifically in a small town to the South of High Point, NC. My wife and I have always wanted to go on a balloon trip and we are wondering where we can find some information about that in our area. Of course we would be willing to travel some distance, although it would be much better if it were either some area close by or an area where we could find some other reason to visit. It does not seem very likely that the Federal Aviation Administration would allow balloonists to wander around the skies in areas heavily traveled by airliners and general aviation planes. I assume that these sorts of operations are confined to more rural areas, but I am not really sure. Here we have very heavy air traffic to and from PTI, which is only about 20 minutes from the house.
We obviously would want to make sure that the FAA was happy with the safety of any balloon company we should decided to use, but it seems unlikely that any could operate without the certification of the government. I am really wondering if there are balloon companies in the mountains of Tennessee or North Carolina. For that matter the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia would be great as well. My wife has some family in Lynchburg and we have been wanting to go up there to visit the National Park and see them. It is quite exciting to have the time to think about something this frivolous, but we are both retired now and sitting around the house is far too boring. We have already taken a couple of trips and a cruise. Those things were pretty expensive though and so we are looking for a more affordable adventure.