Tethering a balloon means that the balloon is anchored. To do this, ropes, or tether lines are run from the balloon itself to at least three fixed points. Generally, heavy vehicles such as 4x4 trucks or cars with trailer hitches are preferred. Once the balloon is secured it can rise and descend in a controlled area giving rides to spectators. Height of the ascent will be determined by the weather conditions at the time of the event..
Everything from simply attracting people to your location or special event, corporate marketing and media events, festivals or fairs, grand openings, family reunions. The uses are limited only by the scope of imagination.
SUSTAINED VISIBILITY! Cheers Aerial Media operating the RE/MAX balloon,
giving tethered rides to
spectators at the Color the Skies festival, long after all of the other balloons had flown away.
There are several different types of tethered Hot Air Balloon operations. In most cases the balloon can be fitted with a banner over thirty feet wide for advertising. First is a Static Display, where the balloon is inflated simply to attract people to the site. Tethered Rides is where the balloon actually takes spectators up to about tree top height (50-80 feet). Night Glow tether in which the balloon inflates after dark and entertains spectators with a light show, sometimes choreographed to music.
Night glow tether shows bring in spectators by the thousands and are powerful magnet to photographers and media.
The most important requirement is a circular area of at least 200 feet in diameter which is clear of power lines, light standards, trees, or other obstructions which may impede safe operation. Clean surface areas such as lawn, paved parking lots, etc. are best but not absolutely required.
Cheers Aerial Media is a full service hot air balloon and thermal airship marketing company. We work with our clients to develop these programs from the ground up, including aircraft design, chase vehicle design, setup of the online presence and acquisition of souvenirs for spectator giveaways. Additional support marketing items are also available including large inflatable shelters, cold air advertising balloons, etc.