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First Flight

Bristol, United Kingdom
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Ballooning company for Bristol, Bath and Somerset.
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Brian F wrote a review Sep 17
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The whole flight was a wonderful experience. Our daughter bought us this flight as a Christmas present. Our pilot, Nick, ably assisted by Steve, ensured that my wife and I would remember it for the rest of our lives. Nick carefully explained the safety routines before lift-off and then used his excellent knowledge of the local area to point out the various towns and landmarks as we gently drifted with the wind across the Mendips, with no noise apart from when the burner was used to keep us aloft. He also explained various topics about ballooning, from it's principles to the regulations. After an hour, as the sun was setting, Nick made a beautiful touchdown in a farmers field. Steve was there with the recovery vehicle, so we all helped pack away the balloon and were then taken back to the launch site. This was one of the most enjoyable flights of any sort that I have experienced, which includes gliding - it was flying in it's purest form. I thoroughly recommend First Flight to anybody who wants to have a go at hot-air ballooning. You don't need any special clothing, we just had sweaters and stout(ish) footwear in case you land in a slightly soft field. Helping with the inflating, deflating and and packing away is all part of the fun. All in all, the experience of a lifetime.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Keyna W wrote a review Sep 15
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Communication was great keeping us up. To date and making sure we were fitted in with childcare arrangements. What really made the experience was our pilot Nick, really friendly, got us involved and had a nice drink and chat afterwards. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Vic Matthews wrote a review Sep 12
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With the weather good the staff were punctual at the Cheddar rugby club ground our party of 7 were given a comprehensive safety brief and were encouraged to help with the flight preparation. Take of was at 0730 the local flight was as planned. The drinks after packing up the gear was very welcome. Many thanks to Steve and the pilot Nick a very polished landing thanks to the team.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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61mw3 wrote a review Sep 11
Bristol, United Kingdom4 contributions
I won the flight as part of a Thatchers Cider competition. My husband and I had an amazing experience flying with First Flight, with Nick being our pilot and Steve his assistant. The company were great at keeping us fully informed before the actual flight and then were so friendly and informative on the actual day. It was magical.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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GI I wrote a review Sep 6
Bristol, United Kingdom18 contributions43 helpful votes
Great first time ride with Nick and Steve today, which I’d do for my daughters 18th. Thank you to Nick for navigating a route over our house! We all loved it and the drink afterwards.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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