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Our Pilots | San Diego Hot Air Balloons


A once in a lifetime experience start with A 5-Star crew. Compass Balloons welcomes you to meet ours!

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Our Pilots | San Diego Hot Air Balloons


A once in a lifetime experience start with A 5-Star crew. Compass Balloons welcomes you to meet ours!

Compass Balloons Hot air balloon pilots 

Our FAA certified commercial pilots will provide you with the experience of a lifetime. They have all logged thousands of flights and have decades of flight experience. Our pilots have put many years into perfecting their craft, and take great pride in providing you with a safe and unforgettable journey. They have flown all over the world from Mexico to the Swiss Alps while maintaining a perfect safety record.Prior to each flight, multiple weather checks are preformed to ensure safe and enjoyable conditions. 

 

 

 

A Hot Air Balloon Flight Over San Diego

During the hot air balloon flight, our pilots safely navigate the skies while sharing fun facts about the local landmarks. They are happy to answer all questions you may have, and share in your excitement as you take in the unparalleled views. When preparing to land, our pilots will talk you through all safety procedures to ensure a gentle transition back to mother earth. Their goal is to be your friendly, knowledgable guide on your balloon adventure from start to finish.

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Our Staff | San Diego Hot Air Balloon Tours


Meet The Staff At Compass Balloons In San Diego And Temecula

Our Staff | San Diego Hot Air Balloon Tours


Meet The Staff At Compass Balloons In San Diego And Temecula

Compass Balloon's hot air balloon Staff

The quality of your experience means everything to us, and it starts with our ground crew. Upon arrival at our meeting site you will be greeted by our friendly staff. They will get you checked in, and make sure you are ready for your flight by answering any questions you may have. Then after a short van ride over to the launch site the ground crew takes on the task of preparing the balloon for flight. Our crew works efficiently and methodically during the set up to ensure the system is always safely assembled. After all proper safety checks have been made the pilot and crew will start the inflation process, getting you one step closer to lift off. When the balloon inflation is complete the crew will assist passengers into the basket. Once all passengers are in the basket and ready for flight, the ground crew will offer to take a few pictures before you launch to commemorate your experience. A final launch inspection is performed by pilot and crew and once the safety lines are released, you're off! 

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A Hot Air Balloon Flight You Will Never Forget!

While you enjoy your beautiful ride in the sky in San Diego or Temecula, our ground crew will be heading to the landing location that the pilot has provided. They will prepare for landing by conducting a series of wind tests and relaying the information back to the pilot. After the pilot successfully navigates to the intended landing location, the ground crew assists in the touchdown and will help passengers out of the basket. Finally, while the ground crew starts the pack up process, a champagne toast is made to celebrate your incredible experience. You will then hop in the van, head back to the meeting site and relish in your exceptional memories of the day! 

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Best Hot Air Balloon Company in San Diego


Read from our customers why compass balloons is the best hot air balloon tour company in San Diego and Temecula

Best Hot Air Balloon Company in San Diego


Read from our customers why compass balloons is the best hot air balloon tour company in San Diego and Temecula

Book A Hot Air Balloon Journey With A 5-Star Team

We strive in providing an exceptional experience for this once in a lifetime memory you will experience. Read some reviews below and see why we're known as the best hot air balloon company in San Diego. We look forward to flying with you!

 

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Soaring to New Heights in San Diego Hot Air Balloons

Fine Magazine

As spring quickly approaches and the weather becomes ever–more scenic, the list of potential outdoor activities only grows more exhilarating. Ranking in at the more thrilling side of possible spring adventures, hot air balloon rides have become a popular must for many, especially locally, where San Diego’s breath–taking scenic views are abundant.

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California Bucket List

Chicago Tribune

Here’s your chance to climb into a wicker basket and rise 3,000 feet above Fairbanks Ranch, to stand just below a fire-belching burner (which makes your balloon rise), to see sunset from high up, and maybe even to throw shade onto one of Bill Gates’s houses.

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12 of the World’s Most Beautiful Locations for Hot Air Ballooning

Venue Report

Swiss Alps, the Serengeti, wine country, alpine lakes, deserts. All of these destinations and more are fair game for hot air balloon adventuring. From cruising over ancient city landmarks in Myanmar to spotting wildlife in the Serengeti, the sky’s the limit with these airborne adventures. Here are 12 of the most breathtaking locations around the world you can float away to.

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Compass Balloons in San Diego County

The Best Place Ever

Hot air balloons float over my house most afternoons. So, I decided to send my children (adult) up in one. We chose Compass Balloons. We drove to the rendezvous site in Cardiff. It is a small parking lot across from a gas station. There were two vans with the baskets and balloon gear in tow. The vans gathered the passengers and proceed to the launch site, about a 10 minute drive to a field near Olivenhain. Champagne and snacks were served while the crew prepared the balloons.

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Hot Air Balloon Elopement in Temecula

Bluebell Florals

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Unique Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Elopement Inspiration

Destination Wedding Details

You will probably feel like you’re floating on air on your wedding day–and this adventurous hot air elopement is here to help capture that sentiment beautifully. There’s just something so magical and romantic about a hot air balloon ride at sunrise, but I don’t think we see them incorporated into weddings nearly enough. That’s why I was so excited to share this elopement inspiration in hopes that it will inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to styling your very own elopement photos.  And if you’re an adventurous couple, this might be the perfect option for you!