Hot Air Balloons & Airships

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A hot air balloon is a lighter than air aircraft consisting of a bag, called an envelope, which contains heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule), which carries passengers and (usually) a source of heat, in most cases an open flame. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the colder air outside the envelope. As with all aircraft, hot air balloons cannot fly beyond the atmosphere. Unlike gas balloons, the envelope does not have to be sealed at the bottom, since the air near the bottom of the envelope is at the same pressure as the surrounding air. In modern sport balloons the envelope is generally made from nylon fabric and the inlet of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from a fire resistant material such as Nomex. Modern balloons have been made in all kinds of shapes, such as rocket ships and the shapes of various commercial products, though the traditional shape is used for most non-commercial, and many commercial, applications. The hot air balloon is the first successful human-carrying flight technology.Search 100’s of Airship and Balloon Websites, Airship & Ballooning Groups and Associations, Balloon and Airship Clubs, Balloon Images, Balloon Simulation websites.

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Airship and Balloon Websites


Advanced Technologies Group  ATG designs and builds lighter than air blimps for civil and military use.

Worldwide Aeros Corporation  A lighter-than-air (LTA) airship manufacturer.  Company operations include the designing, development and manufacture of rigid transportation airships, non-rigid airships, and advanced unmanned tethered aerostat systems.

The Airship Association  Established to promote matters relating to airships, to publish books and papers connected with airships, and to promote research and experimental work on airships.

AIRSHIP: DJ’s Zeppelin Page Photos, information, links.

Airship and Blimp Consultant  ABC is a UK-based consultancy service that provides expert advice to government departments and private companies considering using or developing helium airships for civil or security applications.

Airship and Blimp Resources  Lots of information, including an airship basics explanation, manufacturers, Experimental Balloon and Airship Association, database of manufacturers, links.

Airship FAQ  A very good reference guide with links.

The airship record tour  A site proposing a trans Atlantic and first true circumnavigation by airship.

Airship Solutions  Manufacturer of a range of indoor and outdoor airships from 8ft to 30ft.  Video’s of airships flying, with onboard camera’s are available on the site.

Airsports Ballooning Channel  An Internet TV channel that features action from the world of competitive air sports, including the ballooning videos.

American Blimp Corporation  Airship manufacturer.

Balloon Dispatch  Feature articles, virtual seminar, events, links, resources, message board, classifieds.

Balloon Excelsior, Inc.  Balloon flight training (Part 141 FAA-Approved), balloon repair station, books, consulting.  In Oakland, California.

The Balloon Federation of America Membership, events, competition, products.

Balloon Fiesta A screensaver/wallpaper pack of the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.

Balloon Repairs of East Texas  A full service repair, maintenance, refurbishing, and modification facility for hot air balloons and related, LTA products.

Ballooning International Comprehensive Internet directory of International ballooning events and resources.

Balloons Over Canberra  Balloon images.

Ballonpilot  A page by a ballooning enthusiast with many photos from festivals around the world.

Balmy Balloonists  A strategy board game where players compete to be the first to fly their hot air balloons completely around the world.

Baloni  A Slovenian Web site by balloon pilot Ales Svagelj.

Bart’s Special Shape Collection  Bart collects pictures of unusual hot air balloons, and has over a thousand of them.

BeiJing Airdriven Co., Ltd  A Chinese manufacturer of professional hot air balloons.

Belgian Balloon Pages  Links, information, forum, banner exchange.

Blastvalve  A ballooning search engine and directory with more ballooning links than just about any other site.

The British Balloon and Airship Club The BBAC is a volunteer based organisation founded in 1965 which exists to promote lighter than air flying – hot air ballooning, gas ballooning and airship flying.

Cable & Wireless Balloon Site  World circumnavigation attempt.

Cameron Balloons  Cameron brand hot air balloons: recreational sport, competition sport, commercial advertising, large passenger ride, and special shapes.

Cameron Balloons Ltd.  Manufacturer of passenger carrying hot-air, conventional and special shape balloons, hot-air airships, exhibition stands, medical products, cold-air inflatables, helium blimps, spheres and record breaking balloons.

Diamante Mongolfiere  An Italian hot air balloon company selling Cameron Hot air Balloons for tourist flights and advertising, and organizing flying courses and promotional inflatables for outdoor events.

Dreambuilt Designs  This company provides plans eBooks for the do-it-yourself’er, ranging from woodworking, metalworking, and electronics, to leatherworking, sewing, arts and crafts.  Included is a quarter-scaled hot air balloon standing 20 feet tall and about 16 feet in diameter.  Made of ripstop nylon, it has an aluminum gondola and a radio-controlled propane burner.

The Early Years of Sport Ballooning  An affectionate look at hot-air sport balloons in the 1960s and ’70s, this site focuses on the differences among different manufacturers’ products, and the way those products differ from balloons on the market today.

eBalloon.org  A ballooning resource providing information on ballooning history and famous flights, how hot air balloons work, and what a typical flight is like.  The site also offers an extensive photo gallery, a list of festivals worldwide, and a ballooning directory.

European Balloon Company  Hot air balloon rides throughout the South East of England.

European Balloon Corporation  Balloon launches near Brussels, as well as giant helium balloons manufacturing, cold air inflatables, and hot air airships.

FAI Ballooning commission A non-governmental and non-profit making international organization with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide.

The Flying Cloud, R-505  Set in a world that was, or perhaps a world that might have been, The Flying Cloud is a tale of airships, adventure, gallant gentlemen, and sultry island maidens.  Bringing the world more airship fiction.

Flying-Yachts Inc.  Airships from aviation designer and pilot Hokan Colting that combine ground effect lift with partial aerostatic lift, allowing cruising altitudes of 30 – 90 meters.

Friends of the Smokey Bear Balloon Inc.  A non-profit corporation of all volunteers dedicated to assisting U.S. federal, state, and local agencies to educate and convey messages to prevent human-caused wildfires.

Gas Ballooning.net  A site dedicated to gas balloons, specifically Hydrogen and Helium free balloons.  The site provides information on how gas balloons are constructed along with resources, books and links to other gas balloon sites.

Great Eastern Balloon Association  An association of balloon pilots, crew, and enthusiasts, formed for balloonists in the middle Atlantic states of the US.

Hot Air Ballooning  This hot air ballooning resource provides information about the sport, including a worldwide ride directory, how-to’s, event listings, and more.

Hotair.ie  Hot air ballooning in Ireland.

Hybrid Aircraft Corporation  Their expertise focuses on a class of hybrid aircraft that combines the advantages of aerodynamic lift derived from the lifting-body hull shape (like an airplane) and efficiencies of lighter-than-air derived from the buoyancy of the helium filled envelope (like an airship).  They call the technology approach SkyCat and the cargo version the SkyFreighter.

ILC Dover  Engineered inflatables, LTA structures (aerostat and airship envelopes), space inflatables, and space suits.

Lindstrand Balloons  Manufacturer of hot air balloons and airships.

Lindstrand Balloons USA  Manufacture of hot air balloons, special shapes, and cold air inflatable displays.

Lonsan Aircraft  Unmanned RPV RC airships with a 1000 meter control range, 30 KM range UAV airships, one-man airships, and tethered airships.

Mister Balloon  Meteorological weather balloons, spheres, hot air, and blimp shaped balloons, in addition to the little (toy) balloons.

Montgolfier Ballonvaarten Luchtballon.be  A nice website about hot-air ballooning in Belgium.  This site explains hot-air ballooning as an advertising medium and the business of passenger flights.

Naval Airship Association, Inc.  The NAA is a non-private, non-profit organization that gathers and disseminates lighter-than-air expertise and knowledge accumulated during the U.S. Navy’s development and employment of lighter-than-air aircraft.

www.nott.com The home page of ballooning enthusiast Julian Nott.

QinetiQ 1  Two British pilots will attempt to break the world altitude record for a manned balloon (113,740 feet) by ascending to 132,000 feet in an open gondola.  Download images and wallpaper, subscribe to email updates.

RadioControlledBlimp.com  Indoor radio controlled blimps.

Search the Outdoors!  See the Balloons and Airships section of this directory site for some links.

Skyship Services, Inc. (AMS)  A full-service airship company that provides fully certificated airships for lease or purchase for: advertising, television coverage of events, surveillance, environmental monitoring, fixed-based passenger operations.

Steve Griffin Enterprises  This site contains plans, project details, software tools to help with your homebuilt balloon project.

StratoCat  On the use of stratospheric balloons in scientific research, military applications, and in aerospace activity.

Stumpf Balloons  Ballooning equipment sales.

TCOM, L.P.  Tethered surveillance and communications aerostat systems.

Two get very high  Breakfast show producer and presenter Lev David from East Coast Radio, Durban and hot air balloon pilot Gary Mortimer from Airborne Adventures Africa endeavour to set a new South African hot air balloon altitude record.  Follow the planning and flight.

Ultramagic Balloons History, balloon models and specifications, news, events, links.

Up & Away Ballooning  A balloon ride company in Sonoma County specializing in romantic balloon rides for couples and rides for small groups using multiple balloons.

Vertical Airships  A private research and development organization dedicated to the construction of vertical airships.

What’s Up Ballooning  Balloon rides above the Contoocook River Valley, Henniker, NH, USA.

World Balloon  Hot air balloon rides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

World Wide Web Balloon Pages  Giant listing of ballooning Web sites.

The Zebedee List  A comprehensive list of secondhand items for sale for balloonists.  It is published monthly and can be obtained either in paper format or on the web site.

The Zeppelin Library Archive History, references, information.

The Zeppelin Ring  A ring of websites devoted to zeppelins and other rigid airships.


Airship & Ballooning Groups and Associations


The Airship Association  Established to promote matters relating to airships, to publish books and papers connected with airships, and to promote research and experimental work on airships.

The Airship Heritage Trust  An extensive history of British Airships from 1900 to the present day.  This charitable, voluntary-run organisation based in the U.K and aims to promote the interest and study in the history of airships and lighter than air travel, along with the preservation of Cardington airship station and its principal buildings.

Australian Ballooning Federation  The home of sport ballooning in Australia.

Balloons Over Idaho  An association of hot air balloon pilots, support crew and observers based in Boise, Idaho.  Annual Safety Seminar in March.  Competitions Spring through Fall.

Experimental Balloon and Airship Association The EBAA is a loose congregation of aeronauts who have built, fly or own any sort of Experimental, Ultralight or Homebuilt Lighter-Than-Air Craft.  Vehicles owned and built by members are mostly hot air balloons but also include hot air airships, gas balloons and gas airships.

FAI Ballooning commission A non-governmental and non-profit making international organization with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide.

Granite State Balloon Association  All about ballooning in New Hampshire, including festivals, pilots, rides, weather, getting involved, and learning to fly balloons.

Great Eastern Balloon Association  An association of balloon pilots, crew, and enthusiasts, formed for balloonists in the middle Atlantic states of the US.

International Aeronauts League  A web-based community of balloonists and those interested in ballooning which encourages safety, education and practice sharing.  Membership is free and non-pilots can ask questions about how to become a pilot in a non-threatening and friendly environment.  Also serves as the official online home of Ed Yost’s “Balloon Historical Society”.

Naval Airship Association, Inc.  The NAA is a non-private, non-profit organization that gathers and disseminates lighter-than-air expertise and knowledge accumulated during the U.S. Navy’s development and employment of lighter-than-air aircraft.


Balloon and Airship Clubs


4-flight.co.uk balloon group  Operating two privately owned and unsponsored Cameron VIVA balloons.  Based in Bristol, England and flying worldwide.  This site is intended mainly for their pilots, regular crew, and guests, however there is information that would be relevant to anyone interested in hot air ballooning.

The British Balloon and Airship Club The BBAC is a volunteer based organisation founded in 1965 which exists to promote lighter than air flying – hot air ballooning, gas ballooning and airship flying.

Connecticut Lighter Than Air Society  CLAS represents and promotes the sport of ballooning in Connecticut.  Calendar, pilot resources, photo gallery, balloon rides.  A club for anyone interested in learning about, participating in, and improving the sport of ballooning.

Georgia Balloon Association Inc.  Established to promote, develop, and aid in the art and science of ballooning; supervise and organize balloon competitions, advise government agencies on matters of aviation regulations, certification and safety of hot air and gas balloons and balloonists.

Pacific Coast Aeronauts  A club of hot air balloon enthusiasts with over 100 members in the San Francisco Bay Area, and other states in the U.S.

Willamette Aerostat Society Balloon Club  A hot air balloon club serving Oregon and Southwest Washington.  Event calendar, newsletter archive, ballooning links, and photo gallery.


Balloon Images


Balloon Pictures  Photos, festivals, screensaver, links.

Cascoly Screensaver / Clipart Collections: Vol 23: Hot Air Balloons  Royalty free photographic images of spectacularly colored hot air balloons from the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.  Use these 800×600 JPG images in your programs, wallpaper, newsletters, web pages or screensavers.

eBalloon.org Hot Air Balloon Pictures  Over 200 photos of hot air balloon flights, manufacture, parts, and special shapes.

Hot Air Balloons  Photographs of unusual balloons.

VAC International  This aviation directory offers a collection of animated GIFs of balloons.


Balloon Simulation


Hot Air Balloon Simulator  This hot air balloon competition runs 24-7 on the Internet for hot air balloon pilots and any others who are interested.  Learn to fly a hot air balloon or keep your skills in shape.  You can compete or just fly for fun.  (The simulator requires the latest Flash player.)

 


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