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Imagine! As the dew covered meadow shrinks silently away, the panorama of the earth becomes a breathtaking view of beauty and life. You have just taken off on a wondrous flight of fancy and are floating silently and magically in the soft breezes that move you along. The perception of life and your role in it now take on new realizations.

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We welcome you to the wonderful world of ballooning in Maryland! Our champagne flights take place over beautiful Howard & Carroll Counties at sunrise and two hours before sunset. Capture the moment and treat yourself and a loved one to a most rewarding experience on "DREAMSTAR BALLOON".



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A $75.00 deposit per person will hold that date for you. Good dates will be going fast. Email or call.

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Ron Broderick is your pilot and has an FAA commercially rated certificate for flying hot air balloons. He is a member of the:
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Photo of the Month
November 8, 2014

THE MAZE - Jim Nills Farm in Mt Airy Maryland.
Courtesy of Bonnie Ball Doerfler -- see larger photo



Pork in the Park Festival
April 23-24, 2016, Salisbury MD. ...details


Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival
May 19-21, 2016 - Turf Valley, Howard County MD ...details


Great Chesapeake Balloon Festival
coming August 5-6, 2016 Easton MD. ...details


Videos and Photos:

March 18, 2015 - Air and Space Museum tethered flight. See our participation in the educational series on ballooning. see video and pictures. The Stem in 30 program is an educational series made available to 7-8 graders at the Museum and by way of video conferencing to schools throughtout the country.
Did you know ... the first American to ride in a balloon was Edward Warren, a 13-year-old boy who rode in a tethered balloon at Bladensburg, Maryland, in June 1874.

November, 2014

Sept 2013 WJZ-TV video - Cheslea flying in Dreamstar is still airing on WJZ- did you see it recently? Thank You Chelsea!

August 8, 2014 - Beautiful Fall flight over Carroll County Maryland photos courtesy of Bonnie Doerfler

August 2012 - courtesy of thalx on YouTube.com Tracking Dreampuff balloon on a beautiful August evening. This special flight was a surprise wedding proposal flight with many friends of the special couple following along on the chase and gathering at the landing site for champagne toast celebration.

Congratulations to Troy and Leonid for their history making flight -- with the Two Eagles - Across the Pacific by Balloon.
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Flight Costs:

Regular Flight:

>> $280.00
-- booking one person.
>> $270.00 each
-- booking two persons.
>> $260.00 each
-- booking three persons.
>> $240.00 each
-- booking four persons.

Flights are scheduled for 45-60 minutes - seven days a week at sunrise and 2 hours before sunset.

Romantic Flight for Two:
>> $799.00 exclusive per couple for a 45-60+ minute flight for you and that someone special alone with the pilot. Our sweetheart flights are scheduled Monday-Thursday only. If special request- call us... Are wedding proposal plans in the works? Or, do you want to treat your spouse/sweetheart to a unique experience of a hot air balloon flight?

Special Discounts:
>> Repeat flyers of Friendship Hot Air Balloon will receive a 10% discount on their next regular balloon ride purchase.
>> Family member discounts apply on the regular 45-60 minute flights when you book 4 passengers on the same flight. Call for quote.
>> NSA(DOD) employees receive a 10% discount on regular flights.

Payment Policy:
>> Preferred form of payment is by check or cash. If you wish to use Paypal or credit card, a 3% service charge will apply in addition to the flight fee. If you pay deposit or full amount ahead of time and then cancel your request for personal reasons, a 10% handling fee will apply on your payment.

Limitations:
We carry up to 4 passengers.
For safety reasons:
>>> maximum weight per passenger is 280 pounds.
>>> the heat of the day and total weight of passengers determine how many persons can fly each flight. We can carry up to a maximum weight of 750 pounds combined for all four passengers on a cool day. The warmer the day, the less weight we can carry.

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