Aviation Safety Letter 3/2003

Balloon Safety: Balloon landing in the burbs...

Hot air balloons are as plentiful in summer as dandelions in the spring, and one early morning in August, I woke up to see both specimens standing side-by-side across my house - and I mean directly across my house. The left picture is a testament to the pilot's landing skills. Landing between a children's play structure, a suburban street complete with community mailbox, trees and paths is something balloonists sometimes have to face - albeit reluctantly.

This was hardly a feat however, as another balloon landed in a neighbour's backyard at the exact same moment. A balloon recovery also attracts large crowds, as shown in the second picture, but somehow I suspect balloonists prefer open spaces and more discreet surroundings. Something to think about next time you fly in "the burbs".

Tight quarters for landing
Tight quarters for landing.

Spectators, particularly children, are plentiful after a landing in the burbs.
Spectators, particularly children, are plentiful after a landing in the burbs.

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