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Dunshaughlin, Ireland.

This website was updated on 29/05//07

Aidan and Puffin

Our Balloons: Puffin G-CCHW and Twister G-DXCC

The Sun Shines on the Righteous

An aerial view of Dunderry, Co. Meath

An aerial view of Dunderry, Co. Meath
Photo (c) Aidan Murphy 2007


There are three mysteries when people go ballooning...

1. They really don't know where they are going.
2. They don't know where they are going to land.
3. They really do not know who they are going to
meet when they get there!

Diagram of hot air balloon
What is a hot air balloon?

Balloons are aircraft, regulated under the same Aviation Regulations as every other category.

Balloons are aerostats (static within the air) - once a balloon is aloft, it moves in sync with the air mass in which it floats.

The modern hot air balloon is made up of three main parts: the envelope,
the basket, and the burner.

The envelope is the colorful "balloon" part and is sewn into many patterns - geometric designs and custom shapes. It is made from heat resistant, rip-stop nylon. It is coated internally with a plastic which helps contain heat. The envelope is folded, rolled, and stored in a canvas-like bag kept in a cool, dry place to avoid mildew and is continuously checked for any heat damage or tears. If well maintained, a balloon envelope should last 500 or more flying hours.

The wicker basket is woven with a tight, vertical weave of cane or bamboo and is well suited to resisting entanglement in branches or power-lines.


A finishing urethane coating inside and out ensures the wicker will resist becoming brittle or rotten from exposure to moisture.

This maintains the wicker's ability to flex, absorbing and distributing any bumps during landings.

The basket contains the propane tanks and flight instruments - usually a compass, altimeter, rate of climb indicator, fuel quantity gauge and pyrometer (envelope temperature indicator).

The heart of the balloon is the burner, usually rigged on a rigid brace over the pilot's head and controlled by means of a hand valve. Hot air balloons use plain old air as the lifting gas.

By heating the air inside the balloon (with blasts from the burner), the pilot makes that air less dense (lighter) than the outside air, and the balloon rises. As the internal air cools, the balloon becomes heavier, and descends.

We have strict policies regarding overflying livestock


We take great care when overflying bloodstock and livestock.
Click on flight info section for details.

We have strict policies regarding overflying livestock

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Learn to fly a Hot Air Balloon

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