Drone movie of our balloon inflation on Albuquerque's West Mesa, near Rio Rancho.
SOMEDAY, I hope I have the chance to fly/ride/shoot with you!!!(Hope springs eternal.)
How long does it take from start to up in the air? Great footage!
If you really hustle, once everything is off the truck, you can be in the air in 20 minutes. We typically don't hustle so 30-40 minutes. Helps if you have more hands (crew).
That is pretty good! I was thinking it would be much longer.
That is one sweet video....what a perfectly gorgeous event to watch the balloon inflate and then off she goes!! Looks like you've got quite a number of ground personnel that are necessary to get this all accomplished.
Thanks for taking the time to video this and share it with us all.
Turns out I was not out that day, so the person who is flying is our friend that uses our balloon and shares expenses. The drone video was done by his brother, a UPS international pilot, who is big into RC helicopters and photography drones. He had been wanting to try this and had a great first attempt. Will probably do a few more between now and Fiesta.
As far as numbers for crew, on a calm day you can do it with 3 people in addition to the pilot. However a lot of work and I don't like to do it that way. Typically you want one person on the crown line (top) to control the speed the balloon comes off the ground, one person on each side of the throat to keep it open during the cold and hot inflation, and one person on the inflator fan. Then the pilot can stretch the envelope out when its cold inflating. If you have more you can have them help stretch the envelope out. If the winds are gusty, more people help the process.
Thanks for the in-depth workings of getting them launched, one day I will make it to the Festival as it looks amazingly beautiful.
Ah, as you know nmballoonist "hustle" in any form of aviation may start the chain of events that leads to bad endings.
IAHFLYR I agree that hustle can lead to bad outcomes. However, when I hustle with inflation, its more that we keep moving rather than just taking our sweet time. When we are fun flying we don't have any reason to rush. When we are event like Fiesta, you need to make sure you time your system set up and inflation to make sure you are ready when your launch window arrives. Most times, we get the system rigged and do not start our cold inflation until the time is right. Other times we cold inflate, but do not use the burners to heat and stand the balloon up until its a few minutes before launch. Its better to burn gas in your inflator than use your propane while you wait. And every once in a while we have to go from assembly to hot inflation rather quickly but always doing all of our pre-flight checks. To this day, 30 years later, I can still hear my instructors voice in the back of my mind if I am not doing what I was taught or living up to her standards, which is a good thing.
Fiesta is beautiful and pictures or videos don't do it justice. Everyone needs to do it at least once.
Those are excellent words that we hear from Instructors..... Even though I'm not current at this time, I still keep hearing my first Instructor as I was getting checked out in complex airplanes (constant speed prop and retractable landing gear) telling me "GUMP" "GUMP" (gas, undercarriage, mixture, prop) from turning final right down till touchdown.
Loved this nmballoonist! Thanks for sharing the drone video!
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