How Long Do Hot Air Balloons Last?
Hot air balloons can be relatively expensive to purchase and maintain, so it's important to know the answer before you buy!
Let's discuss how long hot air balloons last on average and provide some tips on how you can extend the lifespan of your balloon.
On average, hot air balloons last around five years.
However, it's important to remember that every hot air balloon is different and some will last longer than others depending on factors such as weather conditions and how often they're used.
Hot air balloons record the number of hours flown in a log book (the number of hours flown is similar to a car's odometer.)
Depending on how it's flown, most envelopes will last between 300 and 500 hours. Pilots typically fly a balloon between 30 and 75 times in a year, with each flight lasting roughly one hour.
There are a few things you can do in order to extend the lifespan of your hot air balloon.
One thing you can do is limit your flights to the summer months and avoid flying in extremely humid climates. If it's very hot, then humidity will also be high, which makes for a dangerous flight because of the greater chance of fires or ruptures.
Another way that you can increase the lifespan of your balloon is by flying it only in clear weather conditions.
It's important to take into account the type of envelope you have and not fly if there are any strong wind speeds, as this will cause damage to your balloon even more quickly than usual.
Before launching a hot air balloon for flight, make sure that the ground crew checks all over and makes sure that the envelope is in sound condition.
There are many signs that indicate when you should replace your hot air balloon. The most noticeable one is when it begins to lose its ability to fly.
If this happens, it's important to replace your envelope as soon as possible for safety reasons.
Another sign that you should replace your hot air balloon is when you notice any rips or tears in the envelope.
Replacing Your Hot Air Balloon
If you do need to purchase a new hot air balloon, then it's especially important that you buy from an authorized dealer so that if anything happens you can get replacement parts or a new balloon for free.
When purchasing, make sure that the envelope is manufactured to current industry standards and has been inspected by an authorized dealer.