Why do Hot Air Balloons fly so early in the morning?
All ballooning Australia wide is held in the early hours of the morning for the best possible conditions to fly. Before sunrise the air temperatures and wind is stable, plus it is a great way to start the day! The scenery at that time of the day is well worth the early wake up call.
How do i get into the Balloon?
The balloon basket is 1.2m tall and to assist you climb on board there are some foot holes to make embarking easier. The baskets are all the same size for all of the balloons. Our balloon baskets are very secure and stable made out of woven wicker which make them light and strong. There is no maximum age restriction but all passengers must be able to enter and exit the basket unassisted to fly. There also is no weight limitations but when you book please mention weights as they are important in making our allocations.
What is a Hot Air Balloon?
A Hot Air Balloon is an aircraft, in where the "Balloon" part is called an envelope which holds heated air and attached below the opening, is a wicker basket which carries the passengers and Pilot. Mounted above the basket is the "burner" or heat source. The burner injects a flame into the envelope heating the air within making it become buoyant as the colder air is on the outside of the envelope.
Baskets are commonly made of woven wicker or rattan, which has been proven to be durable, strong and light. Small holes are woven into the side of the basket as foot holds to aid in climbing into and out of the basket.
How much does a Hot Air Balloon weigh?
Our balloons weigh more than 710kg before we add fuel or passengers. The balloon envelope itself weighs 230 kg and the basket, burners and fuel tanks about 470 kg.
How much does a Hot Air Balloon cost?
A hot air balloon costs just over $100,000 AUD by the time we set them up with radios and fuel tanks.
How many people will be in the balloon basket?
Every day is different in ballooning, the number of passengers and size of our balloon baskets always vary.
We fly baskets from 6 to 10 to 16 to 20 to 24 persons in a basket, and we are only able to determine how many people in a hot air balloon basket the evening before a flight when our flight planning commences.
Everywhere in the balloon basket each passenger gets a 360 degree view. Of course, the number of balloons we fly also varies every day and it's always fun when there's 2 or 3 or 4 balloons as part of the spectacular scenery.
If you choose a Private Charter you will not be sharing with other people and in that case we can offer you a private flight for two adults of a family of four with children subject to your weight. We only need individual weights for a private charter not for a regular flight.
Do you fly balloons in the rain?
We try to avoid flying in the rain in order that our guests do not get wet, sometimes a shower will catch us up in the balloon or drop on us on landing and so its possible on some days you would get wet but we don't fly when we know that your are definitely going to get wet.
Its quite operationally possible to fly balloons in the rain, you just use a bit more gas keeping the balloon up to temperature.
Is wind required to fly?
No, you dont need wind to fly, as the hot air in the balloon creates the lift, but most balloonists prefer calm to inflate and as a guide maybe about 6-8 km per hour surface wind, or slightly higher winds aloft to provide more steerage.
Why do balloon flights take place so early in the morning?
It’s a great time to be up and the early morning light is just spectacular! Besides balloons need cool stable calm winds to operate effectively and the hours following sunrise are the most suitable with gentle winds, before the heat of the day.
In other countries around the World, mostly cold ones, it may be possible to reliably schedule an afternoon flight, but the thermal wind conditions in Australia make that difficult to achieve in practice, so first thing in the morning it is and we will aim to be taking off close to "official first light" . Not necessarily Sunrise though, it just depends on the day.
As hot air balloons are the only form of flight which moves with the wind, the weather is most important, the pilot cannot directly steer but chooses heights carefully to utilise wind currents to sail towards the closest, most appropriate landing site.
What are Hot Air Balloons made of?
The Balloon "Envelope" of the big bag on top ! are made of rip-stop nylon supported on an air-frame of wires and high grade webbings and brought together at the top with a "crown ring" holding it all in place
The hot air balloon basket is generally made of high grade woven wicker around a stainless steel aviation grade frame and a wooden floor, Kevlar can be used also in tough environments like Africa
How tall is a hot air balloon?
Depending on a few factors balloons can be up to 42 m tall. some special shapes are especially tall but in general an average height would be 25m to 30m
How is a Hot Air Balloon steered?
Hot Air Balloons cannot be steered!
Some directional control is possible by ascending or descending into air currents going in a different direction, this information is checked prior to take off be releasing a small helium balloon and checking up to date weather reports.
The pilot can raise or lower the hot air balloon by controlling the temperature inside the balloon
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