Our intimate balloon ride business emerged in late 2013. A project of General Manager, Michael Veliz, Yolo Ballooning Adventures was developed with the desire to offer a unique and personalized experience that showcases the beauty of Yolo County; Especially from the air! Our staff is invested in making every flight safe and memorable for all of our passengers.
Pilot & GM: Mike Veliz
A life-long Yolo County local! Mike has been captivated by ballooning since 2001. At the age of 15 he began working at a local hot air balloon repair station certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. He now runs that very business, California Balloon Repair Inc., performing necessary maintenance and inspections on balloons across the West Coast. As a Commercially Certified hot air balloon pilot, Michael enjoys providing safe, enjoyable and memorable experiences for each of his passengers. His unique beginnings in ballooning give Michael a level of experience and knowledge unmatched in the industry.
Crew Chief: Ignacio Lopez
Ignacio’s early beginnings in ballooning started in Napa Valley. Starting off as a part-time crew member for two Napa ride businesses, he quickly gained the knowledge and experience to be promoted to Crew Chief. Ignacio joined Yolo Ballooning Adventures team in 2016 as our lead Crew Chief. His love for ballooning has set him on the path to become a balloon pilot himself. Be sure to look to the skies soon to see him soaring above Yolo County!
Our early flights started off with a 90,000 cubic feet, two passenger balloon. Since then we have expanded our fleet to three separate balloons ranging from a 105,000 cubic foot 4 passenger envelope, up to a 210,000 cubic foot 10 passenger basket. The variety in size allows us to cater to larger parties as well as smaller groups while still maintaining the personalized attention our passengers deserve.
Our state-of-the-art FAA certified hot air balloons are built by Cameron Balloons U.S., in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Considered to be the top U.S. manufacturer of hot air balloons, Cameron designs balloons that not only outperform those of competitors but that are also more durable. While foreign and other U.S. manufactures may offer a lower purchase prices, the comfort and knowledge that you are flying in the best that money can buy is priceless. Our balloons vary in size but our largest can carry as many as 10 passengers. The baskets are compartmentalized to maximize the space, comfort of and safety of each guest. They are constructed of rattan which is both light weight and extremely durable. Each basket is individually woven by hand onto a rigid frame. The envelope is typically constructed using fire-treated nylon or dacron that meet specific manufacturer requirements and while the material is lightweight, it is also very strong.