Big Band

Onko teitä koko porukka lähdössä kokemaan yhdessä elämystä?

Työporukka, isompi perhe, naapurusto tai vaan kaveriporukka. Ottakaa isompi kuumailmapallo teidän lennollenne ja lähtekää porukalla ihailemaan maisemia. Tähän on tarjolla 8-12 hengen Big Band -lento.

Noudamme teidät toivomastanne paikasta ja elämyksen jälkeen palautamme tapaamispaikalle.


Ryhmäkoko: 8 - 12 henkeä.

Lentoaika: n. 1 tunti.

Tapahtuman kesto: 3 - 5 tuntia.

Muu ohjelma: Juhlava kuohuviiniseremonia, diplomien jako sekä paluukuljetus lähtöpaikalle.

Ajankohta: Ympäri vuoden.

Hinta: 2 570 € (sis. alv. 10 %).


Muut ryhmälennot:

Jos toiveenasi on suurempi ryhmälento (13-50 henkeä), otathan yhteyttä toimistoomme ja räätälöimme juuri teille sopivan kokonaisuuden.


Tiedustelut ja tarjouspyynnöt:

(03) 671 6444
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Yksityis- ja yrityslennot ryhmille

Jos haluatte omalle porukallenne oman yksityisen lennon, niin onnistuu! Yrityksen henkilökunnalle tai yhteistyökumppaneille oma lento. Tai sitten kaveriporukalle. Tai 60-vuotisjuhlat, jolloin koko perhe, lapset puolisoineen, lähtevät juhlistamaan tilaisuutta upealle lennolle tuttuja maisemia ihaillen.
Yksityislennoilla tulemme noutamaan ryhmänne vaikka kotiovelta tai yrityksenne konttorilta. Pyrimme lentämään toiveidenne mukaan vaikka kotiseutuanne yläilmoista katsellen.Yksityislentojen lentopäivät ja tapaamispaikat sovitellaan erikseen.

Lennot järjestetään n. 100 km säteellä Hämeenlinnasta.

Meillä on erikokoisia palloja eri kokoisille ryhmille. Lentovaihtoehdot ovat:

Ryhmäkoko: 4-5 henkeä                  Positiivarit-lento          Hinta: 1 520 € (sis.alv. 10%)

Ryhmäkoko: 6-7 henkeä                  Seitsikko-lento            Hinta: 1 810 € (sis.alv. 10%)

Ryhmäkoko: 8-12 henkeä                Big Band -lento           Hinta: 2 850 € (sis.alv. 10%)

Kaikki ryhmälennot sisältävät:

Lentoaika: n. 1 tunti

Koko tapahtuman kesto: 3-5 tuntia

Juhlava kuohuviiniseremonia

Diplomien jako


Tietoa lentämisestä pilotilta

Positiivisen palvelun

Pallon pystyttäminen ja kasaaminen porukalla


Jos haluatte varailla yksityista lentoa ryhmällenne, ottakaa yhteyttä toimistoon (03)6716444  info(at)                                                     




Terms and Conditions


Linnan Pallo staff will do their best to make customers would be satisfied with our service. Linnan Pallo complies with Finnish law, official regulations and its own quality system.

The deal is a binding contract. Ticket or voucher (ticket later) ordering a contract is concluded. The buyer or seller can not unilaterally change the contract or the buyer may be unilaterally canceled their orders. The contract change is needed the consent of both parties. Both the buyer and the seller's obligations and rights provided for the Consumer Protection Act.

Consumer Protection Act does not apply to trade between the two companies. If the individual is not otherwise agreed, in accordance with such conditions Linnan Pallo and between the purchasing corporation.

Ticket must be presented prior to departure and be carried on throughout the flight. The ticket is changed after a flight of a diploma.

Payment of the ticket
Ordered tickets must be paid by the due date. The payment period of at least 14 days. If the reservation is made less than 14 days before the scheduled flight, a ticket to be paid immediately or no later than on the due date.

If payment is not paid by the due date, to Linnan Pallo to cancel the flight of the reservation. Cancellation of booking does not mean that no invoice to pay.

The paid ticket is valid for one year from the date of the order. The public traffic flies the beginning of March beginning of October.

Linnan Pallo collects debts for recovery and interest laws in compliance with guidelines.

Cancellation policy
If the customer cancels the reserved flight later than 48 hours before departure, the flag shall be deemed to be exhausted. If the bill is still at that stage was not paid, the customer still has to pay the full amount.

Any unused ticket is refunded only if the cancellation is due to the customer by force majeure.

Force Majeure
The customer has the right to cancel the booking and get back the amount paid minus EUR 25 office expenses, if it would be unreasonable to require him to leave the tour due to the

a) he or a person close to him all of a sudden serious illness, serious accident or death. Close persons are spouses, partners, children, parents, siblings, grandchildren, grandparents, or travel companion.

b) he or a partner, with whom he has jointly booked a flight, encounters an unexpected and serious event (a traffic accident, fire, etc.), which makes it unreasonable to require him to embark on a journey.

The customer shall promptly notify the obstacle Linnan Pallo. The cancellation shall be a reliable account, as certified by a doctor, police protocol, or the insurance company's opinion. A refund for the Linnan Pallo has also returned to the unused ticket and provide the name and address and account number.

The customer has the right to get 9 months follow-up time because of pregnancy. Overtime will last until a child or an adopted child reaches the age of 9 months.

No-show boarding
If a no-show boarding,'s ticket becomes invalid. An exception can only be a case of force majeure, which shall be documented within one month of the planned flight.

Client's inappropriate behavior
Pilots have the right to deny your participation in the flight, if you cause themselves or others at risk the safety or comfort of a clear disadvantage. Or in a risk of disadvantages may be, for example if client does not follow instructions, and an aggressive or intoxication impulsive behavior. If the customer prohibits the involvement of the flight's ticket becomes invalid.

Flight cancellation because of the weather
Hot Air Balloon Flying requires favorable weather. The pilot makes the decision for flight operations, aviation regulations, meteorology and weather data received from air traffic control instructions. If the customer's flight canceled because of the weather ticket during the month of expiry, a ticket will be extended two months. If you cancel a flight scheduled for October, will be continued validity of 5 months.

Aerodrome Transfer
Coast of the planned flights can be moved inland, such as wind conditions. Weather conditions resulting from the transfers will be possible also in inland areas. The pilot makes the decision of the flight to safety in mind.

If the client feels that Linnan Pallo's service is provided has been inadequate, he should complain immediately. Complaints must be made Linnan Pallo no later than within two months of service perceived to be incorrect. We recommend that written notice of claim.

Issue resolution
If the client feels that he or she receives their case resolved Linnan Pallo, by negotiation, may contact their municipality consumer adviser. If necessary, the customer can lodge a complaint with the Consumer Complaint Board. You may also bring an action in Hämeenlinna District Court, or their place of residence at first instance.

Linnan Pallo's liability in case of damage
Hot Air Balloon Fly insecure with the Montreal Convention of 1999. This Agreement and may limit the liability of air transport accident.

The air transport undertaking shall be liable for damages regardless of fault of each traveler, 100 000 Special Drawing Rights (approximately EUR 123 000), until, unless the passenger has contributed to the injury. The excess of the air transport company is liable, unless it is unable to prove either that there is no damage caused to its own / its servants / agents of the carelessness or negligence, or that the damage was caused solely by a third party's negligence or misconduct.

The Montreal Convention:


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On this page we will tell a lot about hot-air balloons and flying with them. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

How it all started?

If, for the sake of argument, we disregard the activities of those misguided chaps who long ago coated themselves with feathers, jumped off the nearest cliff, and went down in panic rather than in history, then man's first genuine flight was in a hot-air balloon.

The date was the 21st of November, 1783. The place was Paris. And the two men who made aeronautical history were the Marquis D'Ariandes and Pilatre de Rozier.

Flying that first balloon, built by the Montgolfier brothers, required constant stoking of a brazier to maintain an adequate flow of heated air into the huge bag of linen-paper above the heads of the aeronauts. It is said that as the flight over Paris progressed the Marquis paused in his stoking to admire the River Seine beneath them, at which point his colleague admonished: 'If you look at the river in that fashion you will be likely to bathe in it soon. Some fire, my dear friend, some fire!'

Fame was to be short-lived for the hot-air balloon.
Only 11 days after that historic first flight a balloon was demonstrated that used hydrogen gas as its lifting medium. This was a much simpler device and for two centuries the hot-air balloon drifted into obscurity. It was resurrected in the late 1950's when the US Government built a hot-air balloon as part of a research project. Modern man-made fabrics and bottled liquid petroleum gas were more practical and longer lasting than the materials used to construct the bag and produce the heat in the Montgoifier original. The hot-air balloon was reborn, and today outnumbers its hydrogen (and helium) gas-filled cousins by 500 to 1.

A lot of hot air

The number of people a balloon can carry depends on its size. At Cameron Balloons we build tiny one-man craft, some of which have a seat instead of a basket, up to monsters that have lifted 50 passengers. We generally say that a particular balloon will carry X people. More accurately we should say a balloon will carry so much weight at such and such a height and such and such an air temperature.

Big balloons tend to be used by commercial operators to carry fare paying passengers while more usual sizes will carry a large advertisement on the envelope plus the pilot and a couple of friends in the basket. More about these commercial considerations later.

Tastes change, but generally speaking the most popular size of balloon is described as a '77'. That's because the envelope holds 77,000 cubic feet (2190 cubic metres) of air. The 77 can often carry four people (depending on their weight!) which makes it ideal for family, club or syndicate use. In particularly warm climatic conditions, especially where the take off site is situated well above sea level, you might need an 84 or a 90 to carry four people. So the size of balloon you choose is dependent on how many people you want to fly, the air temperature and the location.

How do I become a balloon pilot?

It takes most trainee pilots between three and twelve months to reach a standard where they can be trusted to fly themselves and their passengers in safety (that period can be reduced to as little as a month given self discipline, the constant availability of a balloon, crew and instructor plus some luck with the weather). 

The course currently requires a minimum of 16 hours flying instruction, a check flight with a CAA appointed examiner and a solo flight. The minimum age to qualify is 17.

Most people find their first solo flight a worrying, yet exhilarating, experience and one which is never forgotten. A bottle of champagne is required for the traditional celebration after landing.

And ballooning is a sport in which women can do just as well as men because a pilot needs skill and concentration, not brute strength (though it helps if there are a few muscles around during the unpacking and repacking stages).

If the holder of a Private Pilot's Licence wants to fly balloons for hire or reward he will later be able to gain a Commercial Pilot's Licence.

Is it safe?

Those who think standing in a laundry basket under a bag of hot air at 3,000 feet isn't anything to worry about can skip this chapter. Those who aren't convinced after reading the next few paragraphs that they have a reasonable chance of returning safely to their loved ones following such a flight can skip all the rest!

Statistics suggest the pilot and passengers in a balloon are at no greater risk than the retrieve crew following in a vehicle below. From the safety point of view a balloon flight is equivalent to travelling on an airliner operated by one of the world's major carriers. Perhaps not surprisingly many people who don't like the claustrophobia of an airliner feel quite at home in the basket of a balloon.

And as in an airliner we don't wear parachutes. Neither do we wear seat belts (there usually aren't seats, anyway).

Unlike an airliner there are no complicated electronics to go wrong. In fact there is remarkably little to fail in a balloon and all essential systems are duplicated.

'Can a hot-air balloon go pop, like a child's toy?'
No. It's impossible. In fact the bag containing the hot-air is constructed with a hole larger than a house door at the base so a pin stuck into it, or even a peck from an unfriendly bird, isn't going to cause problems.

Of course fuel is carried in the basket and the burner that heats the air has a powerful flame, but the next chapter - it explains how a balloon works - will answer any fears you may have concerning the integrity of the onboard equipment.

What goes up...

Hot-air balloons work on the very simple principle that warm air rises. It rises because heating makes it less dense, i.e. lighter, than surrounding air. If enough warm air is trapped in a lightweight bag then the bag will continue to rise until the temperature of the air inside and outside the bag become roughly equivalent. When it cools it will start a gentle descent.

Prove this yourself by gluing very lightweight tissue paper into a balloon shape. You can heat the air inside by warming it with a small propane blow torch through a hole in the base of the balloon. The size of your balloon will dictate how high it will rise, but take great care because tissue paper is extremely flammable.

Fortunately ripstop nylon, the fabric from which hot-air balloons are built, will not sustain a flame. As the name suggests the material is specially woven with criss-cross reinforcement threads to help prevent tearing. Lightweight and colourful, the fabric can withstand temperatures in excess of 120 deg. C - well above the boiling point of water.

The nylon is cut into panels which are sewn into long strips of fabric called gores. Each panel edge is folded back on itself, interleaved with the next folded edge, and then all four thicknesses of fabric are sewn through twice by machine using a lock-stitch. Tailors call this a French felled seam and it's very strong.
The gores are attached to heavy-duty nylon tapes that pass around the balloon. It's these tapes, rather than the ripstop nylon panels, that carry the loads suspended beneath the air bag, or envelope to use the correct ballooning nomenclature.

At this stage of construction the envelope has large holes top and bottom. The top hole is a valve to vent hot air rapidly when the pilot wants to descend or land. It is plugged by a movable fabric construction that resembles a parachute, and that's the term used to describe it .
As mentioned earlier the hole at the base of the envelope is there to allow the flame from a burner to heat the air without damaging the fabric. Around the hole, or mouth as it is generally known, are panels made from fire-resistant Nomex - the material used in overalls for racing drivers.

Stainless steel flying wires connect the envelope to a frame within which the burner sits on gimbals that allow it to be moved to compensate for any slight deflection of the flame caused by the wind. The flame itself appears only when operation of the blast valve permits a mixture of vaporised and liquid propane to be ignited by a pilot light.

To avoid upsetting animals when flying over the countryside most balloon burners also incorporate a 'Whisper' system which, while being a good deal louder than a whisper, is considerably quieter than the main burner.

More strong stainless steel wires run down from the burner frame to the basket, around and underneath it, then back up to the opposite corners of the burner frame to complete a continuous sling. Inside this sling (in fact there are four of them) sits the basket, woven by craftsmen from cane and willow, a padded edge around the top of suede or leather being one of its few concessions to creature comfort. Other materials, including plastics and aluminium, have been tried as substitutes for basket wicker but they lacked the resilience - and charm - of the traditional material.

Fuel cylinders, tanks of liquid propane gas, normally stand in each corner of the basket, leaving adequate but not generous room for the pilot and passengers. Padded covers surround the cylinders - just in case of a bumpy landing - while rubber- encased armoured pipes carry the fuel up to the burner, which is supported above the basket on flexible nylon rods.

Weather you can fly

You won't often see a balloon airborne at lunch time. Why? Because the heat of the sun will have warmed the ground, the ground in turn will have warmed the adjacent air, and nature will have produced its own massive and invisible hot-air balloon (invisible until these thermals, as they are known, rise above condensation level and turn into puffy cotton wool cumulus clouds).

It's very uncomfortable to be caught in a thermal when flying in a balloon because you can't stop your ascent and may reach an altitude of thousands of feet.

Nature also abhors a vacuum, so where the thermal breaks away from the ground local breezes spring-up as surrounding air moves in to equalise the pressure. The result is unpredictable takeoff and landing conditions. Occasionally weak winter sun conditions do allow all-day flying but as a rule balloons prefer the gentler airs of early morning and evening, before the thermals start or after the have finished for the day.

If you think about it a balloon is very similar to a yacht, the envelope acting in the manner of a sail without a mast. With a breeze behind it the envelope can exert a force of several tons and, while sophisticated devices are available to tether the craft to a heavy vehicle or handy tree, it is obviously more sensible not to try and fly when the wind is too strong.

A belt of trees can often be found that will shelter the balloon from the wind during the inflation and takeoff phase, but good pilots remember what goes up must come down - and there may not be any shelter to drop behind when the balloon lands.

Rain is also best avoided. Moisture adds significant weight to the envelope in flight while a balloon packed away wet may suffer from mould and mildew.

Most balloonists aren't pilots

It may be surprising, but most people in this sport are not pilots. In fact, less than 25 % of the people are active pilots. In Finland we have about 60 pilots and more than 200 balloonists. When you know more about the sport, the reasons become understandable.

To launch our average 77 balloon requires four people. When the envelope is laid out on the ground two members of the crew hold the mouth of the balloon open while the pilot operates the burner. The fourth person, called the Crown Crew, holds a rope attached to the top of the balloon to prevent the envelope from moving into the vertical position too quickly.

When the balloon lifts off,  the pilot and one or two members of the ground crew will fly with it while the remainder will follow in the retrieve (sometimes called chase) vehicle.

Special shapes?

In 1783 man gained his first genuine experience of flight. The craft used was a hot-air balloon. One hundred and ninety three years later, in 1976, another historic balloon ascent took place. This was the first flight of a special shape hot-air balloon, and it heralded the start of a new era in aerial advertising.



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That balloon was produced by Cameron Balloons Ltd., and today Cameron - the largest of the manufacturers - builds more special shapes than the combined total of all other balloon constructors in the world. Purchasers are both private and corporate. Prices start from as little as £25,000.

Designs have become increasingly complex as customers realised that their scope is limited only by their imagination. Computer software written within the company by qualified aeronautical engineers allows Cameron to meet the most unusual requirements, while the use of fabrics with special coatings, the employment of advanced artwork techniques, and close liaison with clients, ensures the faithful reproduction in fabric of the original concept.

Hot-air balloons always attract attention. The public love the size and grace of these colourful craft, but what do you do when you want a balloon that will stand out from the outstanding?

Cameron has the answer: The Special Shape. Whenever a Cameron special shape balloon makes a dramatic appearance the most frequently asked question is: How did they build that?

The answer is an interface of human and computer aided design skills that incorporates the unrivalled experience of Cameron engineers and the unique and exclusive abilities of the Cameron CAD software.

Information about our Costa Rica Special Shape you can get here