Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sign up for thrill rides at New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest

NEW SMYRNA BEACH – For the ride of a lifetime, just come to the New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest March 28-30 at the New Smyrna Beach Airport. Whether you choose a hot-air balloon, a helicopter, a vintage biplane or a single-engine Cessna, you’ll be high in the sky over beautiful New Smyrna Beach.

Hot-Air Balloon passenger flights - Early-morning one-hour passenger flights are $230 per person. These rides include the traditional post-flight ceremony and a toast with your special souvenir champagne flute. A reservation list is now being maintained. It’s first-come, first-served, so call 386-957-FEST (3378).

Tethered hot-air balloon rides will be offered on Friday and Saturday evenings during the Balloon Glows, and for a time in the early morning hours on Saturday and Sunday (if winds allow). These rides last a few minutes as the balloons hover above the crowd, and the cost is just $10. Tickets will be available at the event.

Biplane rides – Climb into an open-cockpit vintage 1941 World War II trainer for a trip into yesteryear at a price per passenger of $80. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 386-478-0600. Ask for “Fest Rides” tickets, or you can purchase them on-site at the Sky Fest RIDES booth.

Helicopter rides will be offered in three different aircraft:

• The Enstrom F-28 helicopter can take two passengers per flight, and tickets can be purchased right at the Sky Fest RIDES booth for just $30 per person.

• The legendary Huey can carry 10 passengers at a time on an open-door thrill ride for just $75 per person. Tickets available at the event.

• The Cobra Attack Helicopter carries one passenger at a time on the ultimate ride for $300 ($500 for a longer flight). Tickets available at the event.

Airplane rides will be available in the classic Cessna 172 for just $30 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Sky Fest RIDES booth during the event.