Corporate Hot Air Balloon Advertising is an extremely cost-effective form of outdoor marketing

Corporate Hot Air Balloon & Airship Advertising offers high-degree aerial promotions in the form of targeted hot air balloon and airship advertising campaigns.

The corporate ballooning world is a goldmine of opportunity for most businesses and corporations. With the right marketing plan, a balloon program can boost sales, increase product visibility and bring a return on investment exponentially higher than most traditional media or marketing methods.

Our company has many years of experience flying all sizes and shapes of hot air balloons, blimps and airships. The Owner and Chief Pilot, Jon Radowski, is extremely proficient in media, marketing and press relations. A natural for the camera and radio, Jon loves to promote and talk about ballooning, and your interests in the marketing campaign will benefit from his love of the sport and willingness to share the experience with as many as possible.


Our New Jersey home flying areas in Hunterdon and Somerset counties are the closest to NYC normally attainable by hot air balloon marketing. However, for special campaigns, we can plan the ultimate promotion - balloon advertising flights over New York City. These are a premium service and wholly dependent on ideal weather and other certain conditions, but the results can be astounding.

Outside of the NJ/NYC area, We often hit the road for months at a time, traversing the country on national balloon marketing campaigns. We visit hot air balloon festivals, sports series, company conferences, large cities, convention centers, auto races, outdoor festivals, concerts, and a multitude of other high-visibility events that hold the prime target market for the balloon program.

The amount, location and frequency of appearances can be custom-tailored in your own program. We're capable of managing and coordinating any size local, regional or national corporate balloon or airship program. We also offer the option of balloon pilot and crew training, which allows you to be involved with the campaign as much or as little as possible. If you'd rather let us handle everything, we'd be more than happy to do so.

If you think you're ready to experience a guaranteed marketing revolution through hot air balloons and airships, read on below to find out more about the options available to start advertising your company or product right away. Then give us a call or send us an email for a frank and honest discussion of how we can handle your campaign. Once we determine the most appropriate course of action, our in-house graphics department can then get you an artist's rendering of your balloon or airship right away.

Banners are the quickest and least expensive type of balloon advertising.


Balloon banners are the most basic and inexpensive of all our advertising options. Banners are a great starting point for a smaller or medium-sized company to test the waters of hot air balloon marketing before making a significant investment on a balloon of their own.

Our hot air balloons can be adorned with a large fabric banner prominently displayed for countless thousands of people to see each time the balloon flies. These banners fit the shape of the balloon precisely, giving the impression that the artwork is sewn directly into the balloon fabric.

Your company name and logo will be skillfully reproduced in exact proportions by our artists. For most designs, we will use paint or sewn fabric to recreate your logo. If photorealistic results are desired, large-format inkjet printing can be harnessed to provide the necessary resolution. These days, there's nothing that can't be done!

Once your banners are installed on our balloon, we will fly in the target market of your choice to generate positive exposure.


Corporate Hot Air Balloons

The standard corporate balloon program utilizes a traditionally-shaped "round" balloon with company logos or product artwork applied or sewn directly onto the fabric of the balloon. The advanced methods of balloon construction today allow for any possible concept to be turned into a flying work of art that will turn heads and promote goodwill at every appearance. 

The Space Shuttle Patriot and America One hot air balloons float low in the air across a river. Patriot is the tallest hot air balloon in the world at 178 feet!

Special Shape Hot Air Balloons

For the ultimate advertising campaign, sometimes the use of a specially-shaped hot air balloon is called for. Products, characters, mascots and logos can all be recreated in larger-than-life scale and with highly accurate detail. With the help of computer-assisted design (CAD) and high-powered physics software, it's possible to translate nearly any conceivable shape into a high-flying work of art.

Owner/Chief Pilot Jon Radowski has been flying and managing the nationwide tour of the Space Shuttle Patriot hot air balloon since late 2002. Patriot is the tallest hot air balloon in the world, with a height of 178 feet and a wingspan of 115 feet! The nylon balloon fabric alone weighs 992 pounds - half a ton! A crew of 15-20 is required to set up and pack away this gargantuan balloon. Patriot appears across the country at select balloon festivals and special events alongside its sister ship, America One. Click here for more information on the Patriot and America One hot air balloon team.

Tony The Tiger is a prime example of a simple appendage shape balloon.

If a full-fledged special shape such as the Space Shuttle isn't quite what you have in mind, there's another option. A step above a normal round balloon, appendage balloons can be built for a fraction of the price of a special shape for much of the same effect. The Tony The Tiger balloon shown at right is a prime example of one of the most successful appendage balloon campaigns, flying continually since 1985.

The experts at can manage your own special shape hot air balloon program, beginning with initial design concepts and continuing all the way through to completion and a nationwide advertising campaign. Email us for more information.

Airships and Blimps

Almost everyone has seen a blimp at one time or another. Hovering over major sporting events, festivals, concerts, auto races, and other such outdoor events, an airship commands the attention of awestruck spectators below. Emblazoned with company colors and lettering, they ply the skies peddling tires, beer, insurance, soft drinks, fashion styles, and other high-profile product lines. It's hard to miss the sight of a gigantic blimp lumbering overhead.

Although extremely popular in European countries, the massive impact of thermal airship advertising has not yet been realized in the USA.

Unfortunately, these giants of the sky are extremely expensive. Costing upwards of 2 to 8 million dollars to simply construct, they are not exactly within the realms of most companies' advertising budgets. On top of that, a helium blimp requires a large ground crew and support vehicle fleet for handling, maintenance and upkeep. Each helium fill-up can cost around $50,000 - not to mention periodic refills as the precious gas seeps out through the skin on a regular basis. Cost of operation on a monthly basis is about $200,000 to $500,000.

So, why are we telling you all these downsides to helium airships? The answer is, as you can imagine by now:


Hot Air Airships offer most of the benefits, but with the price tag and operating expenses of less than 10% of their helium cousins. Without the need for expensive helium, hot air airships operate on standard propane fuel for buoyancy and automotive gas for the forward propulsion engine.

Night operations are possible with FAA approved lighting. The airship envelope can be internally illuminated for maximum visibility.

Helium blimps must traverse the country slowly by air with a huge support fleet following beneath, also requiring them to follow the good weather. Helium blimps don't fly in the Northern half of the USA in the winter months, as helium loses lift as it gets colder outside. That's why you didn't see a blimp at the frigid NFL playoffs in Pittsburgh, but you will at the Super Bowl in Florida!

Hot air airships can fly year-round, and they actually enjoy benefits to flying in cooler weather. A higher payload can be carried, which means either more passengers or more fuel load for farther and longer flights. Top airspeed is about 20-25 miles per hour, and the upper wind limit that flights can be successfully undertaken is approximately 12-15 mph. Best times to fly are morning and late afternoon, which most often coincide with drive time and rush hour traffic for lots of ground-based viewers.

The airship gondola can carry pilot plus up to three passengers, or a solo pilot with extra fuel for longer endurance flights.

Helium airships require a detail of 12-30 full-time crew members to travel with the blimp. Hot air airships only require a minimum crew of three plus pilot. Hot air airships are packed up after every flight and transported in a trailer to the next flight location. This removes the obvious logistical nightmare of flying across country and requiring that massive support fleet!

A typical hot air airship will cost in the range of $200,000 to $300,000 to construct. That's about what it costs for a month of regular airship rent. Beyond the initial equipment investment, it costs approximately $200,000 to $500,000 per year to conduct a full-time nationwide marketing campaign. Contact us to discuss your options.