frequently asked questions
?: What about transporting burner in "ready-to-fly" position?
We have got many questions concerning burner transportation. So the general answer to this question is: "Yes, you can". However a few points need to be considered:
?: When do you plan the inspection and repair courses?
We are actually planning following possible terms for the courses in 2013:
- 4th-5th November
- 2th-3th December
If you want to take part, please fill in the application form and send back to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to +420 545 422 621:
At least two participants for same type of course are needed.
You have to send the application form at least one month before the course, we will confirm your attendance and other details cca 3 weeks before the course.
?: How to care about burner hoses?
?: What are favorable weather conditions?
When result of grab test drops under 13 kg the balloon may only be flown under favorable weather conditions (see MM B.2202 chapter 7.16.1 for balloon S/N 640+; see MM B.0202 chapter 7.2.3 for balloon upto S/N 639). What exactly does it mean?
Flight with such a balloon should be avoided when:
- A noticeable force to the quick release is necessary for safe balloon launch.
- Basket over-tipping is expected during landing.
- When a wind-shear is expected (significant change of speed or / and direction of the speed over a relatively short height)
- A turbulence causing mouth distortion and / or resulting in an intensive heating appears during flight.
?: Y or T basket layout?
The decision depends on desired balloon operation. The T layout is suitable for local balloon flights about 1-2 hours long as passengers standing next to pilot do not have reduced space.
For longer flights (e.g. alpine crossing), when more fuel and less passenger is carried, the Y layout is right choice - as two fuel cylinders can be easily putted into passenger compartment right next to pilot. What's more - still enough space for oxygen for pilot and passengers!
In one sentence - when planning 1-2 hours flight pick T layout. Y layout is suitable for longer flights. Picture gives you more explanation.
?: T or TT basket layout?
When 8 or 12 passenger is to be carried, a choice between T and TT layout needs to be made. The TT layout provides more privacy for passengers - no doubt about it. In the other hand the following topic should be considered:
- The TT layout is more heavy than T layout (more weaving)
- Pilot can see only two directions from his position in the basket (three from T layout)
- Pilot can more easily talk to all passengers in T layout basket (He is talking to one side only)
- Passengers have better protection against burner heat when T layout is used.
?: How to raise performance of the Ignis burner when low pressure in a cylinder?
Use main and cow burner together. It can be easily operated by one hand!