Where are you when landing?
I guess it all depends on whether you have passengers on
board or not. If not then it pretty much does not matter
as long as you are comfortable and have yourself braced for
landing. Where should you be with passengers on
board? My suggestion is in the front with your back toward
the landing and your face toward the passengers. In this
manner if one of your passengers has a fall or begins to
fall your able to see them and prevent any major incident.
This will also prevent your passengers from extending
arms out of the basket trying to catch themselves and breaking
an arm. This does not mean that you face away from
the landing when your making your approach. But..
When your ready to open the top your work is done facing
forward so turn around and keep an eye on your precious
cargo. The Passengers.
burner fittings in good shape.
Many of us use caps on our burners.
Did you know that if you go to the local Hydraulic hose company
you can get metal caps? Metal caps will not strip out like
the plastic ones. They cost just pennies and will last for
a long long time. I also put a little Vaseline in the cap
to help lubricate the threads and fittings. I have burners
with several thousand flights on them and can still finger tight
the hose and it wont leak.
What is the Best GPS for ballooning?
We recommend the Garmin 12 XL It has the no nonsense
features you need without the thrills and frills you don't.
When your idea of an outdoor
adventure means getting way off the beaten path, you
demand the most of yourself and your equipment. And when
the time comes to head back to civilization, you'll
enjoy the peace of mind that the GARMIN GPS 12XL has to
The GPS 12XL is all about performance. It features a 12
parallel channel receiver for amazingly fast satellite acquisition
and tight satellite lock even under tree cover. More
than just an ultra-reliable receiver, the GPS 12XL is
loaded with navigation information including 106 map
datums and 7 grid formats, plus advanced orienteering
features like user datum/UTM/and user grid formats to
define your own map parameters. Store your position as
one of 500 waypoints or add it to any of 20 routes. The
proximity waypoint feature gives advanced warning of
nearby hazards, while the position averaging function
helps get the best fix possible.
Packed in a rugged case to handle tough conditions, the
GPS 12XL uses an ergonomic rocker keypad for easy
one-hand operation and features a user-friendly
operating system to keep you on the move instead of
pushing buttons. Four AA batteries provide up to 24
hours of use and a variety of accessories can be added
like an external antenna and mounting bracket. With the
GPS 12XL, getting there won't be half the battle it'll
be half the fun.
tips are written by
Jeff A. Thompson. These are tips
from a 30 year veteran of balloon with over 4,500 hours. Flying
experience ranging from private to competition
to commercial and 18 years of Passenger flight
operations. Not all tips will work for everyone but
are intended to make you think about how you do it and
suggest a possible alternate method. comments may be
sent to IFLYHAB@aol.com