Raleigh >Above & Beyond Hot Air Balloon
Wasn't what I thought it would be!!! My children gave me a Gift Certificate last March for my 50th birthday. Not sure what they were thinking, because I am scared to death of heights. I knew I had to do this unwillingly I might add. I had talked with Tom a few times on the phone and he always reassured me that he was also afraid of heights, but it would be alright. Well the day came for my husband and I to finally fly. I was NOT looking forward to it at all. We were to meet at 5:30 and I did show up, but wasn't happy about it. I was really hoping Tom wouldn't be there!!! He showed up right at 5:30 with this big wicker basket on the back of his van, I was feeling sick, it was do or die at this point. I was not happy, my husband got out of the car and met everyone, I sat in the car knots in my stomache thinking I am gonna do this but I don't have to be happy about it. Well here comes Tom over to the car, the tears started flowing, I DID NOT want to go up in that dang wicker basket that I was looking at on the back of his van. No way, I must have a death wish. Tom reassured me that I was going to enjoy my ride and that everything was gonna be o.k. I was thinking you fool no it's not I am scared. Well we left from Raleigh and drove to Rolesville where we were gonna go up. He and the crew ( which were very friendly) started getting everything together. Now it's time for me and my husband to get into that wicker basket, that dang basket. Well I put on my big girl pants, I didn't want to disappoint my children, and got in. Knots still in my stomache wanting to just wake up from this bad dream. We lifted off, my eyes were closed didn't want to see my death. LOL. They only stayed closed for about 2 minutes. It was absolutely the best time, It was absolutely beautiful up there. Tom was so nice and reassuring. I wanted to stay up there forever. Want to give Tom a big THANK YOU for a evening that I will never forget!!! Awesome Awesome Awesome.. I would love to go again, maybe one day I will be able to ride above the tree tops. To see things that no one will ever see unless you take a balloon ride. LOVED IT. Marsha C
What an experience !!!!. Wow !! What a great experience ! I surprised my husband with a ride for his birthday. Tom and his crew were wonderful! They took care of all the details, and led us through the process. I learned and laughed all evening long. When we lifted into the air, the views and peacefulness were overwhelming. We floated in the sky for well over an hour. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a fantastic surprise, and a special night! I'm already trying to think of an excuse to go again !
Above and Beyond is the BEST. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had. The feeling of being in the clouds floating is like no other! Tom and his crew were awesome and would definetly recommend them to anyone who is thinking about taking a ride in the sky. If you every get a chance to go this is the company to pick. Very experienced and professional. GREAT TIME!!!!!!
Great just great im still speechless. We went yesterday with Tom and his crew they made the trip so great plus just the feeling of floating at 5000 ft is unbeliavable my daughter gonna be talkin about this for years !!! thanks Tom anyone thinking about takin a ride this is the company you wanna use THEY ARE THE BEST !!!!!
THIS RIDE CREATES MEMORIES THAT LAST!!. We took a ride with Tom and his staff years ago and it still sticks out in my mind as one of the most memorable moments of my life! He is not only an excellent pilot but he is also a lot of fun! It was one of the best days ever. If you are looking for a "Life Experience!" you just found it! Happy Ballooning
Wonderful adventure. I proposed to my girlfriend at 7000 feet! A wonderful and romantic experience. Tom is very professional but also a lot of fun. He puts safety first (which I think is important in a pilot!), so you have to be flexible in your planning to allow for a day with safe winds, but it was well worth it. The ground crew was professional and very friendly as well. Amazing views in the air, blowing up the balloon and the landing were very cool too. Bring a warm jacket if you fly in March! I recommend Tom and Above and Beyond Ballooning whole heartedly- my girlfriend (well, now fiance!) was overwhelmed and we both will remember this proposal as something special for a lifetime!
Above & Beyond Hot Air Ballon Rides. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who has ever thought about doing something like this. It is well worth it! My wife and I took a trip yesterday and we enjoyed ever minute of it. Tom and his crew are extremely friendly and make the trip that much more enjoyable. The view from above is spectacular and refreshing.
Editorial Review. Offers private champagne balloon flights for special occasions; flight instruction available.
Definitely a must for that special occasion. Keep in mind that Mother Nature is also invited so be flexible with your dates and launching sites. Also remember that the wind carries you and a landing site may be a little unorthodox, BUT have faith, Tom Tomasettis knows what he's doing. He's very personable and entertaining, and 'above and beyond' competent.
If you haven't ever seen a launch, invite your friends. It's spectacular! The balloon is massive inside and out. Watching the balloon fill is as exciting as watching it float through the air. You will have strangers follow you to the landing as it glides above neighborhoods. It is mesmerizing.
My family luckily had a picture perfect day and an unforgettable experience.
THANKS TOM AND BARBARA!!
Fun - Fun - Fun. This is the most fun for your money. It is a WONDERFUL surprise for someone. It can be a little trickier to spring the surprise on a spur of the moment, due to weather conditions and air port clearance. The BEST FUN in Raleigh!!!! Exhilarating!!!!!!!!!!!
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