If you are close to ticking that hot air balloon ride off your bucket list, but your rational, curious side needs just a tad more persuasion, we can give you some technical information to help ease those nerves!
To answer this question we will first explain the three main parts that make up a hot air balloon. While there are many parts people tend to only visualise the basket and the envelope. Our hot air balloons are made from the highest quality materials in Bristol by Cameron Balloons.
The basket is part of the balloon that carries our guests. Our baskets are made from handwoven rattan, an extremely resistant, durable and yet lightweight material. Baskets vary in size, some holding just two people, larger baskets can carry more than 20 people. Unlike our competitors we fly smaller balloons allowing everyone onboard to enjoy our balloon rides in comfort with their partner, friends or family. Click here to see our ticket options.
The envelope often referred to as the balloon is where the captivated air is held. Often colourful and carrying sponsorship envelopes also vary in size. Our envelope is 105,000 cubic feet, some balloons are over 5 times this size! It is made from three main fabrics: hyperlast, ripstop nylon and fire resistant fabric called Nomex near the burner. Our balloon is made in Bristol by Cameron Balloons who are the worlds most experienced, most popular and largest hot air balloon manufacturer.
The burners are the mechanical part of the hot air balloon and are basically what make it work. The burners sit above the basket and just below the envelope they are attached to propane cylinders. These cylinders hold LPG and provide the gas for the burners to ignite which allows the pilot to heat the captivated air inside the envelope. Once the air inside reaches a higher temperature than the ambient temperature the balloon will rise, as the air inside cools the balloon will begin to fall.
Hot air balloons work on a very basic principle which is that hot air rises and cool air falls. They can be flown with extreme accuracy and are one of the safest forms of aviation. We hope you now have a better idea of how hot air balloons work. If you would like further details click here to visit our balloon basics and history page. Are you ready to join us? Book now