If you have ever imagined floating through the skies of West Michigan, now is the perfect time to do it!

Eballoon.org reported that the first Hot Balloon took flight...

"On the 19th September 1783 Pilatre De Rozier, a scientist, launched the first hot air balloon called 'Aerostat Reveillon'. The passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster and the balloon stayed in the air for a grand total of 15 minutes before crashing back to the ground."

Since then, many have enjoyed the spectacular views, the peace, and the freedom of floating through the skies.

If you haven't taken a ride, now would be the perfect time to do so! With the leaves changing colors, and the crisp air, it will be a flight you will never forget!

Right here in Battle Creek is Altitude Endeavors, Inc a company that will make your dream flight come true.

Jeanne H. reported her experience with Altitude Endeavors on yelp.com...

"My boyfriend gave me the balloon ride as my birthday gift, I was very scared and almost gave up last min. But the pilot and his crew were very friendly and they explained everything carefully, so I felt much better and confident that the pilot was a very serious professional. The experience was amazing! I don't do very well in the air and I have always been scared of height, but I was able to enjoy the ride the whole time, I felt safe and the pilot was very patient with me. He answered all my questions promptly and he was a very nice to us the entire time. I would highly recommend this company, they definitely know what they are doing and they care for everyone's safety. "

Cindy R. posted this amazing review on yelp.com

"Altitude Endeavors, This is definitely a very experienced and professional company.  I have taken a balloon ride with them twice now, once myself and again with my 4 year old son.  Phil Clinger, the pilot is very experienced and his crew is amazing as well. They definitely let you know what to expect in such an amazing experience.  It is definitely something that everyone should try in their lifetime!
Altitude endeavours definitely makes the experience personal to you, my 4 year old son had such a great time and Phil makes you feel so relaxed and safe at all times.
This is definitely a great company with a great reputation and I would highly recommend them to anyone. I traveled from Ontario, Canada to take a ride both times!"

If you are wondering about the pilot Phil Clinger (who is also the owner of Altitude Endeavors Inc), here is his bio that is posted on yelp.com...

"Phil started flying hot air balloons competitively in 1997 and has won numerous events including the Flag City Balloonfest, the Pumpkin Drop, the Holiday Balloon Fest, 2012 World Championship Fiesta Division, the Midland Balloon Festival, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival, and the Birk Lake Intergalactic Championship.  Phil also began flying balloon rides in 1999 and has flown hundreds of passengers in the Great Lakes region.  In addition to competition and balloon rides, Phil flies commercial aerial advertising for businesses and provides flight instruction for new pilots."

Here Is What You Can Expect If You Book A Flight...

  • A typical balloon flight lasts approximately one hour, but can be anywhere from 40 minutes to 1-1/2 hours.  The total time for your event will be approximately 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
  • Your hot air balloon ride will begin shortly after sunrise or approximately 2 hours before sunset.
  • Balloon rides are normally conducted in the Battle Creek area with specific location determined prior to flight based on wind direction and weather conditions.  However, we can fly from other locations or events (additional fees apply).
  • For your safety, certain physical limitations may apply.  Please call if you have any concerns.

What a wonderful way to spend a fall morning or evening!

For more information about a Hot Air Balloon Ride and pricing go to Altitudeendeavors.com


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