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Stay safe in your home until virus disappear

Hi. Everyone who want to fly with us.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 spreading all over the world. We can’t avoid this devil until certain time. Expecting 2~4 weeks, but still not sure it will last longer or not.

Currently all our flying sites are closed for COVID-19 reason include Carmona, San Mateo, and Binangonan. And please avoid any agent who advertisement selling paragliding tandem activity during these time. It might be a scam.

You can inquire me to check flyable or not.

Everyone stay safe. Hopefully see you soon when it cleared the sky.

Latest flying in Binangonan

We had a latest flights in Binangonan Rizal. It’s been a long since we flew last year. Let’s wish virus disappear ASAP, and fly here again.

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2020 in Carmona Cavite

The 2020 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

will be on March 6-8, 2020! This year, the Hot Air Balloon Festival venue will be moving from North to South of Manila. In this post, we are sharing the  Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2020 Schedule of Activities (PIHABF), ticket prices, and other important updates!

2020 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Carmona Cavite
2020 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Carmona Cavite

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is an annual four-day event held between January and February previously in Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles, Pampanga.

For over two decades, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, known as “The Weekend of Everything that Flies,” has been the most highly anticipated and longest-running sports aviation event in Asia. Over the years, it has stayed true to its longtime objectives: to spark interest in aviation; to instill discipline in young pilots and to impart a spirit of volunteerism to the whole community.

New Venue for 2020 Hot Air Balloon Festival

Continuing to spread this advocacy across the Philippines, the organizers will be launching “The Flying Carnival 2020: A Weekend of Almost Everything that Flies,” a 3-day spectacle of hot air balloons, helicopters, and air sports events, combined with aviation career seminars, fly markets, food booths, and family entertainment! The event will be held at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite on March 6-8, 2020. 

Set in a more comfortable viewing space, spectators will be treated to the sight of early morning balloon flights followed by non-stop flying exhibitions – paragliding, skydiving, helicopter demonstrations, RC control line exhibitions, and kite flying.

My Hot Air Balloon Ride Experience
My Hot Air Balloon Ride Experience

The event features multicolored hot air balloons with more than a hundred balloon pilots from around the world. It also features skydiving, flag jumps, microlight and rocketry demonstrations, small plane fly-bys and fly-ins, remote-control airplane and helicopter flying exhibitions, freestyle aerobatics, precision maneuvers, light airplane balloon bursting, ultra-light flying formation and flour bomb dropping, kite-making and choreographed kite-flying, hi-start launch gliding, control-line aircraft flying, pylon racing, banner towing, aero-modeling symposium, tandem paragliding and races between ultralights and motorcycles. An estimated 100,000 visitors locally and from around the world come in to see this event.

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2020
Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2020

What to Expect

Visitors can wander through a carnival setting, with food booths and entertainment for the whole family. Aviation souvenirs and unique finds can be bought at the Fly Market, and the weekend evenings will be capped off by a magical hot air balloon nightglow and fireworks display.

Those considering a career in aviation can attend the Aviation Career Seminars to be given by renowned aviators and industry practitioners – Fighter pilots from the Philippine Air Force; Naval Air Group pilots from the Philippine Navy; a female captain from Cebu Pacific Air, and Air Traffic Controller from the Air Traffic Service. They will be joined by FAI World Record holder from Spain, Michel Gordillo; Hot Air Balloon pilot from the United Kingdom, Pete Bish; and Capt. Joy Roa of Asian Air Safari. The seminars will be available to Business Class ticket holders. Seminar attendees will be given a certificate of completion and can enjoy meals and gain admission to the event.

Those who wish to experience the carnival in comfort can opt to get the First Class Ticket, which allows an all-access pass to the event, including meals, private viewing areas, and access to the aviation seminars and air-conditioned bazaar.

Hot Air Balloon Fiesta Entrance Fees / Tickets Prices

ECONOMY CLASS TICKET : 500 Php person / day

  • Fiesta Ground Access
  • *Children below the height of 3 feet can enter for free! PWD and Senior Citizen IDs are honored when you purchase tickets at the gate.

BUSINESS CLASS TICKET: 3,500 Php person / day

  • INCLUSIONS :
  • Fiesta Ground Access
  • Seminar & Lecture Hall Access
  • Air-Conditioned Lounge & Toilet
  • Private Viewing Deck on the 3rd Floor
  • Lunch
  • Morning & Afternoon Snacks
  • Certificate Included

FIRST CLASS TICKET: 6,500 Php person / day

  • INCLUSIONS :
  • Priority Entrance and All Access Pass
  • Private Viewing Deck on the 2nd Floor
  • Prime Viewing Spot
  • Air-Conditioned Lounge & Toilet
  • Breakfast and Lunch buffet
  • Afternoon High Tea
  • Access to Seminar & Lecture Hall
  • Designated Parking * Nearby Parking Slots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

How and Where to Buy Hot Air Balloon Festival Tickets?

  • At our ticketing booth at San Lazaro Leisure Park, from March 6,7 & 8, 2020. Ticket selling will start from 5 AM to 7PM. But the Fiesta Gates are open from 4:30 AM to 9:30 PM.
  • At their website’s online purchasing. This will soon be available.
  • Economy Class Tickets are available at Ticketnet and at Ticketnet Outlets. Additional processing fees will apply.
  • At Air Ads Office in Pasay City. This will soon be available.

** First Class Tickets and Business Class Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not accommodate advance reservations.

Recommended Hotels in Carmona Cavite (and nearby hotels)

FAQ:

Q: How much is the Entrance Fee in the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta?
A: TBA

Q: Can I bring a Camera?
A: Yes, cameras are allowed! You can take photos from the public viewing areas.

Q: Can we bring and pitch a tent?
A: No, Bringing and pitching a tent is not allowed at festival grounds.

Q: Are pets allowed at the venue?
A: Small pets may be brought to the fiesta venue, but owners should be responsible to clean up after them and keep them on a leash. Owners should also make sure that their pets will not be a nuisance to other fiesta attendees.

Q: What to bring?
A: Don’t forget to bring hats, shades, mosquito repellent, and pocket money for the bazaars and food stalls. Picnic mats and foldable chairs are allowed.

Q: What are the prohibited items inside the Festival Ground
A: Monobloc chairs, camera drones, hoverboards, and bikes are NOT allowed inside the Fiesta grounds. Bringing in alcoholic drinks, use of open flame and breakable containers and crockery are not allowed.

The event is co-presented by Okada Manila, the country’s ultra-luxury integrated resort, and Rewards Circle. For tickets and other information, visit www.philballoonfest.net or stay up-to-date with event info by following @PIHABF on Facebook, and @philballoonfest on Instagram.

Searching for the best hotels and affordable flights? Check out our complete list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

Want more updates about new attractions in Carmona, Cavite? Please follow #TeamOutofTown, on Facebook, and TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest for more travel ideas.

 

 

This article was reference from outoftownblog.com

Carmona Cavite site open

We are flying now in Carmona Cavite site again.

It’s good to train our beginner student for solo and tandem flying at the same time.

 

Season changed.. Binangonan site opened

 

Binangonan site opened.

Welcome to San Mateo before season end

Currently we are enjoying rainy season. Raining everyday. However we know very well good weather will come. And it will last good weather until the end of October.

San Mateo flying site is well know good thermal and wide view from the Metro Manila. You can see Manila bay even Subic bay because of take off is located on high mountain.

Recently we expanded take off area 2 or 3 times wider than before. We can take off even zero wind condition. That mean you can take off anytime when thermic time.

Solo pilot, training student and tandem passenger can join anytime. And don’t miss this season that you can fly up to CLOUDBASE.

Paragliding Tandem Flying

Enjoy aerial views of Carmona-Cavite or Binangonan Rizal over Laguna Lake on a 10-15 minute scenic paragliding flight near Metro Manila in Philippines.

Flying with an experienced tandem pilot, you’ll discover the beauty of flight on Philippines highest commercial paragliding tandem. 

You will take off 100 m with fluent lift. And fly up close to cloud(depends on weather condition) and take in amazing views of the surrounding jungle s and mountains.

A gentle descent or thrilling aerobatics, the choice is yours before landing softly next to your car.

The Launch…

After a short safety briefing and equipment check, the launch is as simple as a few quick steps down the hill.

In the air, our harnesses are extremely comfortable and you will be able to talk with your pilot during the entire flight.

The Flying Experience…

There is nothing that comes close to the experience of flying in a paraglider. We feel its about as close as you can get to flying like a bird.

You can hear the sound of wind flow over the mountain, see the birds flying, take in the amazing views of the Southern part of Manila.

We will continue to make a gentle descent into landing softly on the top or grass field. The entire flight time can range between 10-15 minutes depending on conditions.

Aerobatics..

Paragliders are remarkably maneuverable aircraft, can be looped upside down and reach up to 6G in a spiral.

If you are interested, your pilot can offer an adrenaline pumping aerobatic experience at the end of the flight.

Happiness of Paragliding

Having three tattoos – all symbolising FREEDOM, flying high was something that has always been close to me. Being an adventure freak what better place than Billing to have my own flight of fantasy – a Paragliding experience.

paragliding

Located almost around 30 minutes from Bir – home to a Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and a large stupa, the beauty of Billing , lies in its scenic beauty and the surrounding mountains and dense forests.

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The experience of Tandem Paragliding in Billing gives completely new feeling as you see yourself-flying like a happy bird over the Dauladhar mountain range –an experience to remember for lifetime. The magnificent view of the mountain and the seasoned gliders coming here during the flying time have made this place as one of the most sort after paragliding spot in the country. (The Paragliding World Cup India 2015 is being held here this year from 23rd to 31st October 2015)

paragliding

As you make you way up there with your glider up towards the sky, the experience sure is gonna give you a paradigm shift. It was going to my first paragliding experience ever – my first ever leap of faith that I would be taking with my seasoned glider Amit. With shute loaded, all locks perfectly checked, all I knew was that I had to jump at the count of 3 and 1, 2, 3 I was already UP there. All it takes it is that one jump over the ledgeIt was a moment of perfect and pure ecstasy. I knew my skilled instructor would give me the best experience of my life – a bag full of memory to carry back.

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It felt like I have spread my wings far and wide, till where my imagination could take me and my tandem guy Amit was an expert and he just knew the right kind of view that would enchant me. It was fourty minutes of sheer ecstasy. Once you are there amidst the clouds, making your way around them, kissing and saying a Hello, at that point nothing else matters. The sound of the wind brush passes you while you are seated comfortably up there, yet flying and all I could do was scream in excitement. It was my moment of ultimate happiness.

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As I saw other gliders fly past me, Amit asked would I like to get a bit adventurous and try some somersaults. How could the child in me say a NO. I was all charged for that feel and zip-zap I toppled- turned all over in the sky. A feeling for which words fall short to express.

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With my heart still pounding I had my landing and with few deep breaths, I gathered myself.  I felt that I had I just come back from my journey back from heaven. With this feeling of freedom it’s time to move on and conquer the world.

Amit was my MAN who gave me “That flight of fantasy”

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Best Time to Visit: March-May and September-November

Contact Person: Amit Goswami, Contact Number: 94591-43618

Stay: You can book yourself a room at the Chokling Monastery at Rs 800 per night, or if you are staying at McLeodganj then it’s a two hours drive from there.

“The reference is totally on personal experience”

Unforgettable Memory

Flying with tandem paragliding is the most ideal, enjoyable, and safe way to fly. Fly over the Roman countryside sustained by smooth ascension air currents is an amazing experience for everyone! The first fly with paragliding is an unforgettable memory for the rest. We can try to describe it with 1000 words, but it is useless…you just have to try and see for yourself!

Tandem paragliding Rome

There is no jump into the void, no fear or vertigo, only an amazing relaxing sensation. Flying with paragliding under the guide of our highly experienced pilots is an intense experience where serenity and admiration are the dominant emotions. It is like a dream to try at least once in your life. In addition, it is a very special and unique gift to give and share for unforgettable moments such as weddings, anniversaries, degrees, birthdays, and other special moments.

Tandem paragliding in Rome is practiced on several takeoffs about one hour distance from the city. The weather forecasts are the principal choice for the takeoff selection. Indeed, good weather condition are at the base of an amazing EXPERIENCE. From every takeoff site it is possible to see the wonderful Roman countryside and in some cases ancient Roman buildings.

Tandem paragliding Rome

The adventure begins meeting the pilot that will bring you to the selected flying site. He will give you all the necessary information and will show you the paraglider and the flying principles. Once at the the takeoff site, the pilot will do a brief meteorological lesson and of course the takeoff briefing. And then…

one deep breath…one, two, three steps…. and off we fly!

The Sky Experience tour is normally a half day long and the fly time is about 30 minutes per person with a maximum of 2 people per pilot. It is a very exclusive experience and, if there are favourable conditions, the duration of the flight can be long as you want: remember that our pilots love to fly. This is an experience to live and to share with friends through the high resolution video cut and edited like the example in gallery section.

The flying can be interrupted in every moment if the passenger needs. And with favourable conditions the passenger can also try to pilot a paraglider!

Towards the end of the paragliding experience it is time to land softly and to start dreaming of the next flight!

My bucket list

A couple of weeks ago I did cross one off the bucket list when I flew a paraglider for the first time. I’ve always been fascinated by early flight and by very minimalist kinds of flying, and paragliding is about as minimalist as you can get. There’s you, the wing (which is what these kinds of “parachutes” really are), the sky and the earth. With just a few pounds of equipment, an experienced paraglider can spend hours aloft, sometimes traveling a good distance, maybe even hundreds of miles, in the process. It’s about as close to flying like a bird that you can get (though wingsuit enthusiasts might see it differently).

It happens rarely, but in this case I can identify exactly what inspired me to want to strap on a parachute-thingy and ply the winds. Somehow, about three years ago, I found a YouTube video showing dozens of paragliders surfing the updrafts in a competition in a remote part of Mexico. The sight was remarkable. Not only was it beautiful to see, the brightly colored wings against a backdrop of dark green mountains, but it also looked like great fun, too. More than fun, really, though I’m not sure what to call that sort of reward. We pilots all know the feeling.

To learn a little about the sport and give it a try, I took the advice of my friend Tom Peghiny, who’s been flying ultralights since before there was landing gear involved. He suggested I get ahold of the folks at Eagle Paragliding in Santa Barbara, California, who’ve been giving this type of instruction for 20 years. So I did, and a few weeks later I was on the hill, a gorgeous hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean a half mile away, getting to know my instructor for the day, Drew Quine. Drew quit a high-tech desk job to teach paragliding full time while also working toward a commercial helicopter pilot’s certificate. He liked the scenery in both lines of work better than a cubicle.

A paraglider wing is a parachute with compartments running chord-wise that fill with ram air and thus stiffen up into an airfoil shape. The paraglider pilot, which was soon to be me, is attached to the wing by a harness connected to it with dozens of cords, which you need to understand and be able to manipulate, though truth be told, there are very few controls at the pilot’s disposal. Flying a paraglider, in fact, is not much like flying a plane at all, so my instincts for how to do most everything were mostly wrong and occasionally the exact opposite of what I should have been doing. But not everything, For example, you turn by killing lift on the side of the wing pointing toward the turn, which is pretty much how it works on a fixed-wing plane. Advanced maneuvers, like getting into lift and, thus, climbing and doing sharp turns and sudden descents, are riskier and were in the future. My goal on my first day was pretty much to glide to a survivable landing.

Paragliding

Drew showed me the ropes, and before long I was doing something called “kiting,” which is the first fundamental “flying” skill a paraglider needs to learn. It consisted of me running on solid ground while figuring out how to keep the wing inflated and above me so I could, at some point, launch down the really big hill I was looking out over.

The flying part happened fast. I was nervous about it, but Drew was confident that I could do it and live to tell the tale. On my last kiting practice run, I just kept moving forward toward the edge of the hill, and as the hill started to drop off below me, I continued running until my feet found nothing but air, and I was flying. My first flight, during which I got maybe 250 feet AGL, lasted less than a minute, but it was transformative. I made three flights in all, and each one was longer and better than the last.

The good news was that flying was way easier than kiting, and I hit my target landing area all three times—well, pretty close to it, anyways. Will I go paragliding again? You bet. But it won’t in any way replace my regular flying. They’re completely different activities that scratch completely different itches.

In any case, now it’s on to my next bucket list item. Hmmm, getting checked out in a T-6 sounds like fun. Hope I can do it before I add more items to the list. But what are the chances of that?