Brussels is beautiful but also special. You can NOT make a hot air balloon ride in the city of Brussels. You read that right: a balloon flight over Brussels is NOT possible ! The Belgian aviation authorities prohibit balloon flights over Brussels. Whatever other balloonists offer, it is not allowed and they will never do it. The city of Brussels falls within the CTR (Control Trafic Zone – pink circle below) of Zaventem airport. In this area, it is absolutely forbidden to fly a hot air balloon, neither take off, nor overfly, nor land.
What is allowed: taking off outside the CTR of Brussels and landing outside the CTR of Brussels. The wind direction must therefore be ideal, away from Brussels. The CTR of Brussels is unfortunately pretty large and it includes many cities such as Leuven, Mechelen, Grimbergen, Overijse, Hoeilaart, Dilbeek, Merchtem, Diegem … and of course the city of Brussels itself.
Filva ballooning has fixed take-off locations in Flanders, more particularly in the provinces of East Flanders, Antwerp and Limburg. In Wallonia, we mainly offer balloon flights in the Ardennes region, which includes parts of the provinces of Luxembourg, Namur and Liège. Private balloon flights can take place anywhere in Belgium, as long as the aviation authorities, wind and weather permit.
Below you will find an overview of the open seats by flight region*. Many flights are already fully booked as the 2023 flying season is approaching its end. There will still be flights every day in September, but only on weekends in October.
|SA 23-09-2023||18:00||Region Arlon||1||130/170|
|MO 25-09-2023||18:00||Region Waasland||9||130/160|
|WE 27-09-2023||18:00||Region Waasland||9||130/160|
|TH 28-09-2023||18:00||Region Gent||6||130/160|
|TH 28-09-2023||18:00||Region Waasland||11||130/160|
|FR 29-09-2023||17:30||Region Bastogne||5||130/170|
|SA 30-09-2023||17:30||Region Achouffe Houffalize||1||130/170|
|SU 15-10-2023||17:00||Region Vielsalm||7||130/170|
|SA 28-10-2023||16:30||Region Bastogne||12||130/170|
|SA 13-04-2024||18:30||Region La Roche-en-Ardenne||10||130/170|
|SA 04-05-2024||19:30||Region Antwerpen||4||130/160|
|SA 04-05-2024||19:30||Region Achouffe Houffalize||10||130/170|
|SA 11-05-2024||19:30||Region Libramont||16||130/170|
*Balloon flights are weather dependent and especially wind dependent. Filva Ballooning aims to offer only quality and safe balloon rides. The final departure location in a given flight region is therefore only determined on the day of the flight itself, depending on the wind direction. So you can no longer choose to leave at a particular location.
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Filva Ballooning is a full-time balloon company. This gives the flight preparation, such as the daily analysis of the weather conditions and the maintenance and preparation of the equipment, the necessary time. We feel it is important that this is not treated as an incidental matter after coming home from another profession. Your and our safety are too important!
Filva Ballooning is a company that works entirely according to the standards imposed by EASA, the European aviation authorities. This means that our hotair balloons meet the highest quality standards and that our pilots and crew are specially trained to consider safety as the top priority.
Our pilots are experienced and must have at least 450 flight hours to be allowed to fly with our balloons.
Driving with a balloon trailer requires a BE driving license in most cases. Many balloonists are not legally compliant with this.
Our hotair balloons are all from the Ultramagic Balloons brand. A top brand that stands for quality, innovation and energy efficiency. Every year they are subjected to a strict aviation inspection. We don’t forget our vehicles and trailers either!
We also work with a caterpillar vehicle and a winch on the trailer. This way we avoid unnecessary dragging when we clean up the balloon and the basket after the flight.
That the lucky passenger ends the balloon ride with a glass of bubbles is beyond question. However, we also provide a glass for your chasing car. They also experienced an adventure following the hot air balloon by road.
If you have a specific wish or dream, ask Filip about the possibilities. He is happy to tell you what is possible and how to make it happen. We are here for you!