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Directions to:
Bird-in-Hand Launch Site

Mapquest/GPS use : 2737 Old Philadelphia Pike - Bird in Hand, PA 17505

From the East: Philadelphia / Valley Forge
Take PA Turnpike west to exit 286. Turn left to Route 222 South to Route 30 East. Follow 30 east for approx 3.2 miles. Take exit for Old Philadelphia Pike/Route 340. Turn Left at traffic light onto Route 340 East and continue approx 3.5 miles. Turn left into Bird in Hand Corp. Employment Office and continue and park in rear lot.

From New York and New Jersey
Follow 1-95 south to the NJ Turnpike. Take the NJ Tpk south to exit #6. Follow PA Turnpike west to exit #286. Take Rt 222 south to Lancaster. Exit at US 30 east. Follow 30 east for approx 3.2 miles. Take exit for Old Philadelphia Pike /Route 340. Turn Left at traffic light onto Route 340 East and continue approx 3.5 miles. Turn left into Bird in Hand Corp. Employment Office and continue and park in rear lot.

From Allentown / Reading
Take Route 222 South to Route 30 East. Follow 30 east for approx 3.2 miles. Take exit for Old Philadelphia Pike/Route 340. Turn Left at traffic light onto Route 340 East and continue approx 3.5 miles. Turn left into Bird in Hand Corp. Employment Office and continue and park in rear lot.

From the South: Washington, DC and Baltimore
Take either I-95 or Balt./Wash. Parkway north to Baltimore. Take the I-695 Beltway north towards Towson and exit at I-83 north. Follow I-83 north to York, PA. Take the US 30 east exit to Lancaster. Follow 30 east for approx. 30 miles. Take exit for Old Philadelphia Pike/Route 340. Turn Left at traffic light onto Route 340 East and continue approx 3.5 miles. Turn left into Bird in Hand Corp. Employment Office and continue and park in rear lot.

From Western PA / Harrisburg / Hershey
Follow PA turnpike east to #247. Take Rt 283 east approximately 35 miles to Lancaster. Merge with US 30 east for approx. 6 miles. Take exit for Old Philadelphia Pike/Route 340. Turn Left at traffic light onto Route 340 East and continue approx 3.5 miles. Turn left into Bird in Hand Corp. Employment Office and continue and park in rear lot.

From York / Gettysburg
Take Route 30 East to Lancaster. Continue on Route 30 East. Take exit for Old Philadelphia Pike/Route 340. Turn Left at traffic light onto Route 340 East and continue approx 3.5 miles. Turn left into Bird in Hand Corp. Employment Office and continue and park in rear lot.

Bird-in-Hand

Bird-in-Hand - Lancaster County
FLIGHT & LAUNCH SITE INFORMATION


1. Scheduling your flight: Select a date, call 800-763-5987 to reserve the date.

2. Confirming your flight:
AM FLIGHT: Passengers must call 800-723-5884 after 4:30 AM on the day of their flight for final flight status.
PM FLIGHT: Passengers must call 800-723-5884 hours before their scheduled afternoon flight time for final flight status.
* Final flight determination cannot be made prior to the times listed for the AM or PM flights. Flights take place weather permitting.

3. Cancellation: Cancellation or reschedules must be made 72 hours before flight time to avoid being charged. Flights cannot be cancelled or rescheduled inside of 72 hours of your scheduled flight time

4. Refund: No refund is available for cancellations with less than 72 hours notice of your scheduled flight. A full refund less a 15% booking fee is available for flight certificates for any reason, up to 6 months from the date of purchase. Balloon flights take place as scheduled subject to weather and VFR flight restrictions.

5. Physical Requirements: Notification of physical handicap, disability, pregnancy, or individual weight in excess of 250 lb. is required at time of scheduling.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

* Time? Plan to spend app. 2 1/2 hours with us from start to finish. Actual flight time is approx 1 hr. The crew will prepare for flight, launch, track, and meet us wherever we land and return the balloon and all passengers to the launch site.

* What to wear? Comfortable sportswear. It's always 5 to 10 degrees warmer up in the balloon, so don't overdress. Sneakers or hiking shoes for support, no sandals, heels, or open toe shoes. We also suggest to wear or bring a hat.

* What to Bring? Camera, Video Camera, extra film. Leave purses and large bags on the ground.

* I'm afraid of heights. Will ballooning bother me? No. There is no physical connection between the earth and the balloon such as there is in a tall building. This complete freedom seems to alleviate any apprehension or anxiety.

* Is there a feeling of motion in the balloon? No. The balloon moves at the same speed as the wind. There is no feeling of motion. The sensation of ballooning is the complete absence of sensation. "Tranquil", "Calm", "Relaxing", are the words used most often by our passengers to describe ballooning.

* Post Flight? The ground crew meets us wherever we land and returns us to the launch site for a celebration of flight. Champagne, soda, and light snacks are served. A souvenir flight certificate is then presented to each participant.

* Team Gear? T-Shirts, sweatshirts, caps and cloisonne pins are available.

* Gratuities are not included in flight certificate pricing, and should be extended to crew persons individually.

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