• Aerial extravaganza
Recently held in Tula A traditional Russian Cup in ballooning, eighth. The competition was attended by 17 balloons from different cities of our country.
During each flight team performing tasks set by avid fudge on judges, for example, drop a marker at the target, the shortest distance to fly horizontally for a certain time, to catch up with the other ball, and others.
Flights took place early in the morning and evening. This year the participants were very lucky with the weather - during the week it was sunny and warm. Every day, the city could be seen stunner.
I visited one of the evening starts, and below - a small report about this event.
The balloon consists of a basket, in which there are gas cylinders and shell being filled with warm air. Above the burner basket attached. The basket also placed 1-4 person, depending on the size of the basket and the membrane volume:
The balloons bring in cars with trailers, as even when folded they take up a lot of space:
the balloon assembly process itself consists of the following: a skin gently removed from the cover and display "sausage":
Basket set side by side and cling to a strong rope to the car, so it does not fly away before the time:
In the basket fastened team number and advertising sponsors:
The casing is then carefully laid out on the field:
All shell is very bright - it is noticeable even in a deflated form:
Some of the team members at the same time check the operation of the burners:
Then the basket is placed on its side:
And the ropes are tied to the shell:
the preparatory work involved in the pilots assistants. Pilots, meanwhile, discussing the task and study the map:
Once given a whistle, the teams begin to fill the shell with air. Two persons open the shell hole, and a special device to forced air:
The balloons begin to take on a spherical shape and become even more colorful:
Slowly begin to add and warm air heating, warming his burners:
Each balloon is attached GPS station (yellow box), by which record the path:
The fully air-filled balloons for some time on the ground, so that team members can exercise "extreme" preparing for takeoff (people employed in any aeronautical sport is not to say "last"):
When, in the opinion of the pilot, the balloon is ready to air navigation, it carries off, untying the rope that is tied to the cart machine. The judge writes the take-off time:
After a few seconds the balloons already high above the ground:
During the launch on the field, out of nowhere, rolled powered paragliding, quickly took off and did a few laps:
Assistants pilots who remained on the ground, collect things and go to meet their aircrafts at the finish line distance:
After all the balloons took off, we also gained access to the happiness of flight: