The spectacular Michigan Challenge BALLOON FEST 30th Anniversary , Howell, Mi is taking place this weekend, and it is a jam-packed with high-flying fun events.
Balloons are flown in early morning hours or late afternoon because winds are usually calmest at that time. Midday flights are very rare due to thermal conditions. Flights last from 45 min to one hour for safety and fuel. A Balloon is about 55 feet across, and 60 -80 feet tall, wights about 550 pounds /250 kg (the envelope is about 200 pounds, and the basket,fuel and equipment is about 350) A common size balloon is the AX-7 with an envelope volume of 77,000 cubic feet /2200 cubic meters. A typical envelope has about 1,200 yards/ 1,100 m of material, and about 3 miles /4.8 km of thread.
Aside from the basket , burner and envelope, certain equipment is required in all flying balloons such as compass, an altimeter, a variometer, temperature indicator for the envelope, and fuel-quantity gauges for fuel tank.
All Pilots are certified by Federal Aviation Administration.
Thank you HOWELL area Chamber of Commerce for the great display of colors in the sky. Please enjoy the photographs everybody!
MaRia Popi Photography
All photographs are available for print, any print is exact reproduction of the image you see on my web site. Printing takes 15 days and its print in professional photo lab, you can also order custom sizes, please contact me if interested.