Posts Tagged ‘balloon’
Here’s What Happens to Your Mylar Helium Balloons: They Fly to Middle Farallon Island and Mess with the Sea LionsMonday, December 30th, 2013
Perhaps from a Raider’s game, or a black celebration:
Steller sea lion with Mylar balloons near Middle Farallon (photo by CS) – click to expand
Get all the deets on westernmost San Francisco from “Notes from Smellephant Island – The adventures of a wayward biologist living with seals on the Farallon Islands”
OMG, It’s “Zeppelin Flight Timelapse: San Francisco, California!” – Video of Cruising Low and Slow Over the 415Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Here’s what the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin looks like from San Francisco…
…and here’s what San Francisco looks like from the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin:
Passing by Coit Tower:
A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.
And an adorable piggly tail in the back:
There we go, back to normal:
The theme for the day was Things That Fly, for the most part. This boingboing air rocket was poised for launch, after lunch:
David Pescovitz et filius waiting for lift-off:
A large tree was “killed,” sort of. This analog Twitter feed has the deets:
The “Balloon Eating Tree” in the process of earning its sobriquet:
The branch that the balloon felled:
The Gopher Watch…
proved frutiful, with a little help from a non-frosted animal cracker:
And croquet, of course:
And here’s the collector T-shirt, up close:
Come back soon, bb!
How could Balloon Dad Richard Heene not have known that Balloon Boy Falcon Heene wasn’t in/on/around the UFO balloon if this is the video that shows the launch, where everyone present could see right through the thing?
Also, this craft is barely capable of lifting itself at the 5000 or so foot elevation in this part of Colorado. Wouldn’t the father know that?
You could build a helium balloon to lift a child, but you’d have to put in a lot of internal structure to get it to maintain such an alien shape. So, it would have to be bigger than this thing.
Do you have a pilot’s license, a current FAA medical certificate, and little extra pocket change? If so, you can sign up to spend a morning learning about the largest zeppelin that exists in the world and then spend an afternoon flying this low, slow and comfortable aircraft with other pilots over the Bay Area.
AOPA thinks it a good idea, anyway.
As seen from Golden Gate Park: Fly With Me (650) 969-8100. Click to expand:
Read all about it:
A Day To Remember
It’s finally here; your chance to fly a Zeppelin! Led by our experienced pilot and engineer team, this day-long adventure will allow you to see behind the scenes at Airship Ventures and learn the basics of airship flight before trying it for yourself.
Each session is limited to six pilots, giving each pilot at least 30 minutes in the cockpit as well as nearly four hours of total flight time in the Zeppelin. This gives you plenty of time to ask questions and to see the sights of the Bay Area while talking with fellow pilots and our Zeppelin crew.
If you’d like more time in the cockpit, just add additional slots or ask about a custom package.
Or, to gift this experience to someone, talk to us about a special gift package.
Flight Day Itinerary
Welcome & Continental Breakfast
9:30 – Noon—Ground School
Covering history and terminology; operations and flight manual review; systems, limitations and performance, and flight safety
Noon – 1:00 PM
Lunch and pre-flight checks at Hangar 2
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM—Airship Flights
- Observe de-masting and take off.
- Each student gets at least 30 minutes at the controls, including straight and level flight, turns, climbing and descending, landing.
- Observe landing and masting.
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Closing Reception / log book sign off