How to Fly a Hot Air Balloon

Are you curious about flying a hot air balloon? Come on board as we take you through all you need to know before you grab a basket. Flying the hot air balloon is an exciting experience which everyone will love to have. You will get to have a good view of your surrounding and enjoy the feeling of being able to fly on your own. The experience is mind-blowing. You have to note that flying a hot air balloon requires a pilot’s license, you will be breaking the law if you get up in the air without the necessary permission. You can even go for full training and get certified if you are really into hot air balloons. Here are few things you should note before getting up into the air in a basket.

Read Up Your Physics

Before you get into the basket, you need to understand how the hurt air balloon works. You need to understand the principle behind the floating balloon. Hot air balloons float because hot air is way lighter than cool air, this makes the heated gas in the balloon less dense than its surroundings. So, to get the balloon up in the air, the air inside is usually heated to about 200 degrees.

 Light Your Fire

The air in the balloon is heated generally by a propane burner and it is your duty as the pilot to watch over the heater and ensure it is in good condition. You should grab your heavy gloves, so you can comfortably touch the hot parts of the burner will switching it on and off or in emergency situations. An average propane burner burns up about 15 Gallons of propane an hour.

Cast Off

Your balloon gets into the air when the airs inside get hot enough. So, you and your passengers will take off once the air in the balloon heats up to the adequate temperature. You will notice this when the balloon begins to rise above the ground.

Move Through the Wind

As you get up into the air, the only thing you can actually control is the altitude of the balloon. The movement of the balloon and its direction depends on the wind. This is why it is advised that pilots go through the wind charts and forecasts before each flight. If you are an experienced pilot, you should be able to read and interpret the wind chart well enough to chart a predictable cause of flight. The heavy wind action is the sole reason why hot air balloons are not used for daily commute.

Let Out the Air

Once you have enjoyed a good view and spots the perfect landing zone that is free of power lines and trees, you will have to contact your ground crew to inform them of where you will be landing. Hot air balloons are fitted with valves at the top which allows hot air to escape. Once you let out the air, the balloon begins to descend. Try to gently release the air so you will land safely.