Enjoy Hot Air Balloon Rides in Sussex

Hotair.co.uk licensed by the CAA No: BL006 is the best place to enjoy hot air balloon rides in Sussex. All their air balloons have the latest equipment, meticulously maintained and designed for your safety and comfort.

Enjoy Hot Air Balloon Rides in Sussex

Hotair.co.uk licensed by the CAA No: BL006 is the best place to enjoy hot air balloon rides in Sussex. All their air balloons have the latest equipment, meticulously maintained and designed for your safety and comfort.

Enjoy Hot Air Balloon Rides in Sussex

Hotair.co.uk licensed by the CAA No: BL006 is the best place to enjoy hot air balloon rides in Sussex. All their air balloons have the latest equipment, meticulously maintained and designed for your safety and comfort.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Explore Nature’s Beauty with Hot-Air Balloons!

Everyone loves exploring, as a kid it was our inmate ability to be curious about things around us. But as time goes by and we get stuck in the routine of the modern world we tend to forget what’s out there past the horizon. The beauty of the sunset, the lushness of the green and the kiss of the wind, well what if we told you all this can be experienced while you are floating in the sky. Yeah you heard that right, hot-air balloon rides provides one with the opportunity of being in touch with nature.

As a Recreation and sport

Many records have been set up to many thousand kilometres and continents have been crossed in these balloons. There is always someone looking at setting a new ballooning record. Festivities and races which involve hot-air balloons are famous in the UK.

At a given time a hot-air balloon can carry from 2-20 passengers. Romantic hot-air balloon rides are popular among newly wedded couples. Balloon rides in the UK is responsible for attracting tourists and people looking to do something different and enthralling.

When it comes to ballooning as a sport, competitive events like spot landing and “hare and hound” races attract many spectators, providing a colourful and grand experience. 

Hot air balloon rallies

Balloon rallies may consist a few or up to a hundred balloons on display.

British School of Ballooning established for over 25 years offers enchanting balloon rides in the UK.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The science and characteristics of Hot Air Balloons

In aeronautics, the definition of a balloon is an unpowered aerostat that floats due to its buoyancy. A balloon may be free, moving with the wind, or fastened.

(Buoyancy in balloons: An upward force exerted by air that opposes the weight of the balloon)

The balloon is based on three crucial principles of buoyancy which are:

• The Archimedes’ principle
• Boyle’s law and
• Charles’ law

Fuel:

Straw and alcohol solutions were used as fuel for heating the hot air balloons in early 19th century; today liquefied propane is exclusively used for hot air balloons.

The burners use vaporizing coils to heat the fuel, the coils are made out of stainless steel or copper. The burners are generally suspended at the mouth of the balloon, and most balloons have a secondary burner as a backup.

Skin of the Balloon:

The skin of the balloon is created from materials such as nylon, polyester and a few others. They are made to resist tension from both internal and external factors. High altitude flight balloons use polyethylene or polyester film.

Flight:

The buoyancy of the hot-air balloon is regulated by heating the air in the balloon. Even a degree’s increase in temperature can vary the flight pattern of the balloon in a big way.

When the altitude is changed during a hot air balloon ride, it adjusts according to the air currents. It’s normal for up to 30 degree wind direction difference to occur within the first thousand meters of the flight. However box winds (full circle of wind direction) can occur too. Today’s modern navigation and communication technologies such as GPS, radio and satellite communication allows us to control the flight of a balloon to exact predication and control.

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Hot Air Ballooning Over the years and how it’s still a big draw today

The imagery that is painted in our minds when we think of a hot air balloon ride is one of colour and adventure. Hovering over land in a big balloon with a bird’s eye view on the landscape, the experience is almost like poetry. Apart from the fun value, the hot air balloon has a rich history and they are still popular today.

Early days (Unmanned)

Unmanned hot air balloons were used china as early as 220–280 AD to carry navigational and guidance lanterns for military purposes. The first balloon flight that was recorded in the UK before King John V, it was orchestrated by Bartolomeu de Gusmão on August 8, 1709

Manned flight

On October 15, 1783 the first manned flight was showcased by Etienne Montgolfier by making a flight in a hot air balloon from the Reveillon workshop’s yard in Faubourg Saint-Antoine. A few weeks’ later passengers were taken on a ride. The first known modern military use of the hot air balloon was in 1794 when the French used them as observatory platforms.

Modern usage:

Today’s commercial hot air balloon rides in the UK and around the world use a heat source situated below the balloon. Modern rides are primarily used for recreation and leisure today. In 1991 the 'Virgin Pacific Flyer' balloon made a record breaking flight by completing the longest flight in a hot air balloon. The pilot travelled in a hot air balloon stretching 74 thousand cubic meters (2.6 million cubic feet) covering 7,671.91 km from Japan to Northern Canada. The balloon was and remains the largest ever built.

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