was the first balloon flight?
No one knows if these three were served a bag of peanuts and a soda on their flight!
The first manned balloon flight occurred on November 21,1783, in Paris.
Built from paper and silk by the Montgolfier brothers, this balloon was piloted on its 22 minute flight by two noblemen from the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. From the center of Paris they ascended 500 feet above the roof tops before eventually landing miles away in the vineyards.
Local farmers were very suspicious of this fiery dragon descending from the sky. The pilots offered champagne to placate them and to celebrate the first human flight, a tradition carried on to this day.
As air inside the balloon is heated, it rises. As the air inside the balloon cools, it descends. To make the balloon fly, an inflator fan first fills the envelope with air, which is then heated with the burners.
Balloonists can steer a balloon, to a limited extent, by adjusting the balloons altitude to make use of different wind speeds and directions.
In other words, we put heat in to rise and gain altitude or we let air out or cool to descend to get into the layer of air moving in the direction we want to go.
Your entire ballooning experience, including pre-flight preparation, flight, and post-flight celebration, may take anywhere from three to four hours.
Balloons typically fly from treetop level all the way up to several thousand feet, depending on what the pilot is trying to accomplish. The world record in a stock Aerostar hot air balloon is over 32,000 feet!
The first is a private pilot. The pilot must have at least 10 hours of flight time in free balloons, which must include six flights under the supervision of an instructor. The private pilot must pass a written test, an oral test, and a flight check prior to being issued a private pilots license.
The second rating is a commercial pilot. The commercial pilot must have at least 35 hours of flight time, of which at least 20 must be in balloons (the remaining 15 hours may be in other aircraft). The commercial pilot must pass an additional written, oral, and flight check prior to being issued a commercial pilots license. The holder of a commercial pilots license may operate a balloon for hire and may give flight instruction.
For additional requirements on both ratings, please consult FAA Regulation Part 61 for details.
The size of the envelope determines how many passengers, or to be more specific, how much weight you can carry. The bigger the envelope, the more weight you can carry. Consequently, the bigger the envelope, the more people you can carry.
With Fantasy Ballooning, there are anywhere from two to four passengers in the basket with the pilot on your flight.
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