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Ballooning - High Up In The Air
For many centuries human beings dreamed to fly high in the open sky,Ballooning - High Up In The Air but they did not have the technology to fulfill their desire. By early 18th century, following the continuous efforts of several years, people finally succeeded in making big balloons filled with steam. Those balloons were lighter than air, which took them into high into the air, but initially only few people dared to fly on those balloons. In the year 1783, ballooning became an adventure sports, when two French brothers Joseph Michel Montgoflier and Jacques Etiene Montgoflier created and set aloft a 17.83 m high fire balloon.
Ballooning In India
In India, the adventure sports of ballooning is somewhat new, as it was started here in 20th century. The Balloon Club in India which was established in 1970 at Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi, is the tail off point and headquarters of ballooning. The Balloon Club of India annually organizes a 'Balloon Mela' or Balloon fair in November, when a large number of competitions and events are held. Today the aerosport has gained popularity among the adventure enthusiasts. In India commercial balloon rides are still not available. Joy rides on the balloons provide the picturesque view of the ground from the top, which is altogether an exhilarating experience.
 
Equipments Required
Coastal flying is possible from the cliffs of north Goa, Rantnagari and other smaller seaside villages on the western coast. Here the calm sea breezes flows through the region, creating magical lift bands that gives pilots a pleasure of a smooth flying. Later in the evening as the sunsets in the horizon the wind speeds lessen down, the enthusiast soar for hours on end and cruise comfortably into the sunset. At the bottom of the Indian peninsular, Ooty and Kodaikanal also have ample opportunities for this adventurous sports.
 
How a Balloon Flies
When cold air is blown into the mouth of balloon by a fan and the burners are lit, it makes the balloon airborne. The pilot can steer the balloon along the chartered route by regulating hot a cold air. A balloon with a single person can rise up to 800 feet, while for groups its height is restricted between 200 and 500 feet. A balloon can fly as fast the speed of wind, but high wind landings always need skill and experience persons.
Ballooning Essentials
 
» One must be physically and mentally fit to enjoy the thrills of air ballooning. » The basket has no seats to sit, therefore standing for the duration of the flight may be panicky. » Do not take children as they may disturb the comfort and enjoyment of other passengers. The size of the basket is quiet small and the walls are usually four feet high, small children would hardly see the surroundings unless accompanied by an adult. » Clothing should match the climatic conditions- sturdy shoes, sunglasses, gloves and a cap. » Must take permission from the Balloon Club of India, before starting a ballooning trip in India.
 

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