“One of the best ways to discover this magic land is flying
over Cappadocia in a hot air balloon. Cappadocia is the only
place in Turkey where you can do a balloon flight. Flying over
fairy chimneys, deep canyons and valleys will be one of the
most unforgettable experiences of your lifetime. You will feel
the freedom on this journey . ”email@example.com
Why Do Flights Take Place So Early In the Morning?
Balloons need stable winds to operate effectively and the hours just following sunrise are the best for finding these winds. Since balloons move with the air, the weather is very important in deciding whether or not to fly. The pilot chooses a launch site.
What Are the Main Parts of the Balloon?
Hot Air Balloons have 3 main parts. The wicker basket where passengers stand, the burner, which is the fire resource and the envelope, which carries the basket.
What Kind of Material is the Balloon Made of?
The envelope is usually made of nylon or polyester, the same type of fabric parachutes are made of. It is very tightly woven and is coated with a material that makes it airtight. The nylon is only used to keep the hot air in the balloon. The basket load is transferred by steel or Kevlar cables to a series of vertical load tapes, which carry the load.
How is the Balloon Inflated?
When the time comes to put the balloon up, the envelope is removed from the bag and laid out in a long line. The burners are attached to the uprights, and the basket is attached to the cables on the bottom of the envelope. An engine driven fan is used to inflate the envelope with cold air. When partially inflated, the air is heated by a burner and the envelope rises above the basket. With further heating, there is sufficient "lift" for the balloon to fly.
What Should I Wear?
You should wear whatever you feel comfortable in. There is really no need to dress up. You should wear the type of clothing that you would expect to wear if you would be going for a walk the day of the flight. A light jacket is sometimes comfortable in the fall or early spring. Women should wear pants or shorts, and layered clothing is much better than a heavy coat. Shoes should have flat soles, and the majority of top clothing should be made of cotton rather than man-made fibers. Tall passengers may find a hat useful because of the radiant heat from the burners.
How Long does it All Take?
From start to finish, your adventure will last about 3 to 4 hours. The inflation and preparation of the balloon normally takes about 30 minutes. The flight itself normally takes around 60 to 90 minutes. After the flight, the ceremonies take about 30 minutes and travel to and from the hotel will take about another 30 minutes or so each way. The balloons always carry sufficient fuel for at least 2 hours flight time plus a 30 minute reserve capacity.
Who Controls Ballooning and Ensures Safety Standards?
The Civil Aviation Authority of Turkey controls ballooning with the same strict regulations that apply to airplanes.
How Do You Steer a Balloon?
The balloon goes wherever the wind takes it. However, pilots can seek higher or lower altitudes to find wind currents of various directions. We refer to it as the truest form of sailing.
Is it Cold in a Balloon?
At high altitude, it is colder than at ground level, generally 3.5°C degrees colder for each 300 meters (1,000 feet) of altitude. But during the flight, the pilot constantly uses burners, which spread heat and will make you feel warmer. Especially for winter flights we highly recommend to wear 2 layers of socks and thermal underwear.
What Instruments Do Balloons Use?
An altimeter to indicate altitude, a variometer showing its rate of climb or decent, a compass to show directions, and a temperature gage to show how hot the fabric is at the top of the balloon. Each propane tank has a fuel gauge, and the burner has a fuel pressure gauge.
From a Gas Balloon?
A hot air balloon gets its lift from heating the air with propane fuel. A gas balloon gets its lift from lighter than air gases, usually helium or hydrogen.
How Do Hot Air Balloons Fly?
In a hot air balloon, a gas burner is used to heat the air to a temperature of about 100°C (212°F). Since hot air is lighter and less dense than the cool air around the balloon, the heated air causes the whole balloon to rise. When the air inside the balloon cools down, or when the hot air is let out, the balloon goes down.
Where Will We Land?
Good question! The simple answer is that nobody knows, exactly! The pilot will have done flight planning before the launch to ensure that the forecast wind direction does not take the balloon towards an unsuitable area. He will use the different air currents at different altitudes to steer the balloon toward a good landing place. The pilot also closely follows agreements with local landowners. This means that the balloon won't fly too close to livestock or land in areas planted with valuable crops.
What if I'm Afraid of Heights?
Flying in a high-sided balloon basket is not like standing on a roof or a high ladder. You don't get that vertigo feeling. It is more like the ground is unfolding beneath you and because you are moving with the wind, there is no wind blowing. The basket does not rock or sway so you can't possibly fall out.
I Sometimes Get Airsick in Airplanes.
Is a Balloon the Same?
No it is not. The turbulence, which usually causes motion sickness, is completely absent in a balloon ride. The flight of a balloon is almost too smooth to describe.
How Do We get back to the launch field or the hotel?
The balloon is followed by a chase vehicle and the crew. They are in constant contact with the balloon pilot by radio and should be at the landing site at the same time as the balloon. Once the balloon is packed away (and the ceremonies are complete), the shuttle will take you back to your hotel.
What Are the Best Conditions for Flight in a Balloon?
A balloon flies better in cooler weather since the hot air gets a better "lift." Balloon Turca flies just after dawn, because there is less wind at these times.
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