Memorial Day • May 27~28, 2017 • Decatur, Alabama

About the Balloons

When to See the Balloons

All balloon flights, glows and tethers are early and late in the day. The best time to arrive at the field is at, or before, 6:00am for morning flights and 6:00pm for evening events.

Please Note: All hot-air balloon events are weather permitting. Rain or high winds over 15mph will cancel flights.

The Alabama Jubielee is a 'No Drone Zone'. Unless you have a waiver attached to ours from the FAA you may NOT operate a drone during the Alabama Jubileee's FAA-autorized waiver times.

Since hot air balloons go where the wind takes them pilots are at the mercy of nature. The best times for balloon flights are early in the morning and late in the afternoon because at those times the winds are calmest and most predictable.

To find out more about how balloons fly please visit The Heart of Dixie Balloon Club

Get Close to the Balloons

The Alabama Jubilee is one of the few balloon events remaining that allows the public to walk on the field during balloon launches and operations. The public are encouraged to ask pilots questions and to get close to the balloons. Some spectators even get pulled into crewing spontaneously!

While you are on the field please remember to follow the rules and comply with all pilot requests, do not touch the balloon equipment or walk over the teather lines unless you are cleared to do so by the pilot or crew members.

Balloon Field

Daily Balloon Events

Saturday

Saturday morning is the 'hare & hound' race in which balloons try to follow a 'hare' that will land and set out a target they will drop been-bags on. During the evening balloons evening the balloons light up the night with a balloon glow.

Sunday

Sunday morning balloons fly-into the field in the Lynn Layton Key Grab and attempt to grab a ring from the top off a tall pole. During Sunday evening many balloons also offer free tethered rides, while some choose to fly.

Balloon Rides

Guests to the Alabama Jubilee are invited to enjoy a tethered ride for free each evening from the balloons that offer them. If you whish to know if a balloon is going to tether please ask a crew member.

Tips for Tethered Rides:
  • Lines for the rides can be long so arrive early and be prepared to wait.
  • Minors (under 18) are not allowed in the balloons unless accopanied by a parent or guardian whom can give consent on a waiver of liability which are required by our insurance.
  • Most pilots will not fly a child under the age of three (3) since the loud noise can damage their hearing.
  • Balloons are aircraft, not fair rides. Many will run-out of fuel after one or two hours and be forced to put-down. If weather conditions change they may also have to put-down. We are sorry that not everyone will get a tether but pilots and crews must put safety first.
  • There is no smoking on the launch field. Balloon fuel is highly flamable liqued propane. You will be asked to put-out lit cigaretts.
  • Be mindful of tie-down ropes. Do not cross these unless you are told to do-so by a crew member. Winds can shift suddenly and these can become dangerous.
  • Do not touch the balloon equipment unless directed to by a crew member or pilot.
Paid Flights

Guests at the Jubilee are not invited to purchase paid-flights or thethers at the Alabama Jubilee since our FAA waivers for this event do not cover such operations. Many pilots at the Alabama Jubilee do offer paid ride services for other time and days or will be happy to give you contact inforamtion for a pilot that does.

Crewing

It takes five or six people to launch and recover a balloon, and some pilots will depend on local people to help crew for their balloons.

Crewing involves a little heavy lifting and knowledge of the local area. They help the pilot assemble, inflate, launch, chase, recover, and pack-up the balloons.

Crewing for a balloon lets you see a whole other side to the ballooning experience that can be just as fun as flying itself; in fact many pilots have crew members that have been helping them for years!

If you are interested in helping crew, come to the crew school Sunday May 15, 2:00pm at TC Almon Rec. Center or Report to the stage at the beginning of each pilot briefing (18 and up only please) or please contact us.

Crew are not allowed to bring their vehicles onto the field nor will they receive passes to pilot & sponsor events. Crew should be of decent physical shape will want to wear long-pants, close-toed shoes, and be ready to get dirty.