Flight Check In

    Note: Your private information will be used ONLY for our company correspondence.

    Upon completion you will receive an eMail to confirm your check-in acceptance.
    Please read through all info and sign your initials at the bottom of this page.

    Have you ever flown in or been around balloons? If so, when and where?

    Do you carry medications with you that may be needed?

    Do you have any physical limitations affecting your strength or movement?

    Any recent surgery that may affect your physical ability?

    Are you pregnant?.. Does your physician approve this activity?

    Do you have particular limitations with sight or hearing?

    Are you able to communicate using the English Language?


    Do you understand these safe landing instructions?


    DO NOT wear high healed or open toe shoes - good ankle support (sturdy shoes) is important as we may need to walk on rough or uneven terrain. We suggest long pants rather than long or short skirts.
    DO NOT step on the balloon fabric at any time - it can easily be damaged on abrasive surfaces.
    DO NOT exit the basket until the pilot specifically instructs you to do so - while on the ground, your weight loss can cause the balloon to rise again unexpectedly.
    DO NOT consume alcohol while on the flight - glass containers are not permitted in the basket.
    KEEP TRACK of loose items during landing - we cannot be responsible for what could fall out during landing.

    Bring a hat and sun glasses because the burners (and the Sun) emits radiant heat.
    Wear layered clothing - it can be cool when we meet but much warmer during the flight
    Condensation can drip from the burner and contains carbon (soot)
    Bring drinking water to keep hydrated and a snack if you tend have low blood sugar.
    Feel encouraged to participate hands-on with the set up inflation or deflation of the balloon. Its fun and you can always learn something new… But you are never obligated to help.
    Remember a gratuity for your ground support crew. These friendly folks will work hard to make your experience safe and enjoyable. Guests typically contribute $15-20 per passenger and can also be accepted by credit card on the date of flight or in advance, if you prefer. Just let us know - (yes) and we’ll contact you specifically.


    Notice: By signing this agreement, you are forever releasing and waiving your rights to make a claim for injuries or damages against Sonoma Thunder, Inc. DBA Wine Country Balloons
    Read this document carefully before signing

    1) I acknowledge that I have voluntarily applied to participate in Hot Air Balloon flights and associated activities to be conducted by Sonoma Thunder, Inc. DBA Wine Country Balloons

    2) I am aware that Hot Air Balloon flight is a potentially hazardous activity. Some of the risks include, but are not limited to, loss of or damage to personal property, arrest for trespassing or other violations of the law, serious bodily injury or fatality due to capsize of basket, or other vehicle, collision with obstacles on the ground or in the air, accident or illness in remote places without medical facilities, immersion in water, and hypothermia, falling from a balloon while in the air or on the ground, fire or flame and temperature extremes or inclement weather. I am voluntarily participating in these activities with knowledge of the danger involved, and I hereby agree to accept and assume any and all risks of injury or death.

    3) As a passenger, I agree to help make the flight safer by pointing out any potential hazards such as power lines or other Balloons in the immediate vicinity. I also agree to follow the pilots instructions throughout the duration of the flight.

    4) By signing this agreement, I certify that I have no physical or mental condition that prevents me from participating in any Balloon activities.

    5) In consideration for being permitted by Sonoma Thunder, Inc. herein referred to as Wine Country Balloons, to participate in these activities and use of their facilities, I hereby agree that I, my assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians, and legal representatives will not make any claim against, sue, or attach the property of Sonoma Thunder, Inc., its agents, employees, and contractors for any injury or damage resulting from the negligence or other acts, howsoever caused, by any employee, agent. or contractor of Sonoma Thunder, Inc., as a result in my participation in Hot Air Balloon flights and associated activities. I hereby release Sonoma Thunder, Inc., its agents, servants, and employees, from all actions, claims, demands, that I, my assignees, heirs, distributes, guardian, and legal representative now have or may hereafter have for injury or damage resulting from my participation in Hot Air Balloon flights and associated activities. Further , I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Sonoma Thunder, Inc. and its agents, servants, and employees against any claim for injury or damages that I may sustain as a result of my participation in any of the activities of Sonoma Thunder, Inc..

    I have carefully read this agreement and fully understand its contents. I am aware that this is a release of liability and a contract between myself and Sonoma Thunder, Inc., and sign it of my own free will.

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