I have been pointed in this direction as a source (a veritable font you could say) of information, meeting of minds and general discussion of all things aviation.
I myself come from the world of ballooning (cloudhoppers specifically) and after a brief look around I notice there seems to be a lack of a dedicated forum on this topic. Would there be sufficient interest to create a forum on the glamorous world of Hot Air Balloons/Lighter than Air craft?
I am trying to get some advice on the following: I'm in the process of looking for my first full sized balloon (4-5,000 cubic meter envelope) and am torn between the Lindstrand (260A Envelope, Parachute and first ten panels in Hyperlife, Q-Vent, Turn Vents,1.52 x 2.70 Single T Basket with Triple Burner) and the Cameron of similar spec. Does anyone have any advice as to which is the better quality and/or the relative merits of each baloon?
This looks the most appropriate forum to post a general enquiry, if I have posted in the wrong place please forgive me and point in the right direction.
Last edited by Foxtrot Oscar; 13th Mar 2007 at 16:57.
Slightly pricier than the rather standard Lindstrand model you mention but I highly recommend the Lindstrand 260B Envelope, Parachute and first ten panels in Hyperlife, Q-vent, Turn vents, 1.60m x 3.0 double T basket with Quadruple burner. In red.
Many thanks for you're considered response. I am not aware of the baloon you mention, although I do detect, at the very least a hint of mocking?
Being a baloonist I am more than capable of having some fun poked at me.
as an aside, I notice from my limited browsing of various forums on this site that puntuation & grammatical errors are pounced on mercilessly (with suprising speed it seems) so apologise if in my haste to post a reply miss a coma or two.
I mock not sir and welcome fellow balloonists to this site with open arms, alas we are in a minority.....
The lindstrand 260B Envelope is a fairly new model and I think I'm correct in saying there is an 18 month waiting list.
The Cameron produced model of comparable spec' to the lindstrand 260A Envelope is the 123hup. Fairly similar to the 260A in that the parachute and first 12 panels are in Hyperlife. Q-vents/turn-vents etc are identical. The most noticable changes are in the reduced 1.48x2.25 single basket. The 123hup still carries a Triple burner so with the slightly smaller single basket the load is reduced leading to more efficient lift. Sadly there is less room for your picnic hamper, a factor which needs serious consideration in the world of ballooning.
I've only recently started competing, and feel the need to purchase my own balloon. It really is a fascinating sport, and one I'd heartily recommend. Whilst called a race its more a test of how accurately you can navigate to a fixed point, and when everythings packed away and the weathers agreeable a perfect opportunity to have a drink or two with like minded people. My local club describes itself as a drinking club with a balloon problem.
Indeed we are called Drivers and Pilots (of sorts), and have to fulfill a number of requirements, the following is cut and pasted but gives an idea of what is required:
Although anyone with average ability can fulfil the requirements for the PPL(B) outlined below, it is not an activity to be taken lightly. As a pilot you must be sufficiently competent at operating the balloon and have such knowledge to be able to cope with any problems or circumstances that may arise. In addition you will be responsible for the lives of the people you might carry in the basket.
Minimum flying experience of 16 hours within 24 months.
On the radio, fairly recently, was an item that mentioned that the people who command balloons are 'Drivers', not 'Pilots'. I would like to know if this is true (and, if so, why). Anyone know?(Foxtrot Oscar and TamedBill to start with sound knowledgeable on the subject).
I'll answer half of that query and say ''yes'' indeed it is true, however having hogged more than my fair share of this thread I'll hand over to Foxtrot Oscar to explain, in detail, why this is so........
(I do apologise - the previous post was invisible to me when I responded here, I need to float over to the computer issues forum and drop in for some advice on pc settings)