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document How do balloons fly?
Hot air balloons fly because hot air rises. When the pilot heats the air inside the envelope, it becomes lighter and the balloon floats up into the...
document What happens if a bird flys into a balloon?
It would likely bounce off! The envelope fabric is much tougher than it might appear. It is possible to fly a balloon with a hole large enough for a...
document What are the differences between gas and hot air balloons?
A gas balloon is completely enclosed and is filled with helium or hydrogen. A hot air balloon gets its lift from heating the air within. Hot air...
document How many balloons are there?
There are over 3,500 balloons and 4,000 licensed pilots in the U.S. There are another 1000 or so balloons in other countries.
document What are balloons made of?
The big fabric part, or envelope, isa usually made of rip-stop nylon. Polyester and other fabrics are sometimes used. The lower portions around the...
document What fuel do hot air balloons use, and where is it carried?
Propane is the most common fuel, but butane is sometimes used in remote areas when propane is not available. The fuel is carried in aluminum or...
document How long do balloons last?
Depending on the care it is given, a balloon envelope may last 500 or more flying hours. Considering that most sport pilots fly from 35-50 hours a...
document How many people fit in a balloon?
Balloons come in all different sizes, from small one person balloons to very large balloons that can carry 15 or more passengers.  Balloon...
document Are all hot air balloons alike?
All hot air balloons consist of a burner system, a basket and an envelope. The differences are in the shape and size of the envelope, the deflation...
document Can I smoke in or around a hot air balloon?
It's not advisable because of the possibility of propane fires or explosions from leaks, although leaks are extremely rare. The balloon fabric can...
document Do you need a license to fly a balloon?
Yes. A Balloon Pilot Certificate is issued by the Federal Aviation Administration in the USA. You must pass an FAA written exam, obtain a...
document Can balloons fly over mountains?
Yes. However, there are some special challenges to be considered: If you come down in an area where there are no roads it is difficult to get the...
document Is motion sickness an issue on balloon excursions?
Not at all! A balloon ride is extremely stable with very little feeling of motion. Although we've never had any passengers comment on any motion...
document Why do balloons use wicker baskets to fly in?
While many materials have been used for balloon baskets, wicker is by far the most popular for several reasons: It is lightweight and...
document How do you steer a balloon?
The short answer is that you don't! However, it isn't as uncontrolled as that might seem. The pilot gets full aviation weather reports various...
document What is the average height of the balloon basket for someone to see over?
The average height of the sidewalls is about 1 meter, or three feet. The walls are high enough for passengers to feel very secure, and low enough...
document Is there a hole at the top of the balloon?
There is a valve that the pilot can open and close. It is used to allow hot air to escape,allowing the ballon to descend. The valve is also used...



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