The balloon ride was fantastic! Great weather and and excellent company.

About Us

Hot Expectations is a family owned and locally operated hot air balloon ride business.  The company was started in 1980.  We are located in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City.  Our balloon ride company is owned and operated by Bill, Suzan and Grant Smiley.  Both Bill and Suzan are certified with the Federal Aviation Administration and hold commercial LTA pilot license.  Bill is the most experienced hot air balloon pilot in the Kansas City area with over 2,000 hours of flight time and 41 years experience.  Their son Grant received his private balloon license in July 2013 and is currently pursuing his commercial pilot’s license.  Grant is also a private fixed wing pilot and pursuing his commercial aircraft license.

Our hot air balloon’s name is Rainbow Showers II.  It was manufactured by The Balloon Works in Statesville, North Carolina.  It is an AX-7, as tall as a 7 story tall building with a 77,000 cubic foot air capacity.  Our basket is wicker with suede covered padding and is equipped with an air craft radio and a 2-way radio for contact with the chase vehicle.

When not flying balloons, Bill works as a mechanical engineer for a local engineering firm.  Suzan is an elementary school teacher and Grant is a professional musician playing with the Kansas City Symphony, Fountain City Brass Band and My Brothers and Sisters.

We enjoy our intimate hot air balloon rides for two passengers where we can give individual attention to each passenger.  We feel blessed to be a part of each and every one of the marriage proposal flights .  We are honored to be a part of a couple’s anniversary flight, and celebrate with each birthday flight.

We love to talk about hot air ballooning.  Give us a call at 913-897-1030 or email us at hotexpectations@comcast.net.

Hot Expectations Balloon Company

Olathe, KS  66062

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