"Exactly. Too many things going on with the balloon overhead to give the fuel system your undivided attention. Rule #1, A tethered balloon is potentially a free balloon at any time. My training was that my aircraft will be 100% checked out and ready…"
"If you get yourself into the position of desperately needing the amount of fuel it takes to test your burners prior to inflation, you have a much larger problem than being low on fuel. Time to rethink some priorities."
"What you are smelling is the urethane coating breaking down and deteriorating through hydrolysis and or U.V and carbon emissions from the burner flame. It's a slow process but once it starts, it never stops and it will only get worse as time…"
"I agree Tony, I would not ever inflate without a tie off. Never under any circumstances, L&V or not. Nobody will ever persuade me to change that rule nor will they ever have a valid reason not to tie off. Always to a trailer hitch on a vehicle,…"
"The old Piccard I used to fly was made with 2.9 oz. taffeta with heavy nylon pack cloth at the throat panels. It's heavy, it stinks to high heaven and it's 35 years old with nearly 500 hours on it and I'd bet it would still pass an…"
Hello, I've been a pilot since 1986. I worked at World Balloon Corp. in Albuquerque as repair station manager in '86, moved back home to Illinois where I flew the Flying Tomato balloons for a few years. I'm currently in the sign and awning trade and had taken a hiatus from ballooning for a while, and now am getting the yearn to burn again. Looking to reconnect with some good old friends.
thats Amazing! great to see a little devil still in working shape, those adams are great balloons. My father is Paul Depew, hes been flying adams for 33 years, and we love those pop tops, im named after Mike Adams.
My hat goes off to you, those little devils are parts of ballooning history!