If you do a balloon flight you will be standing for up to an hour in what looks like an oversized picnic basket.
The Basket or Gondola is the bottom part of the hot air balloon which carries passengers, flight crew and fuel supplies. They come in a variety of sizes. Small 1m x 1m baskets suitable for sport balloons carrying 1-3 persons up the large passenger joy flight baskets 5m x 1.5m carrying 25 persons.
The basket is constructed by weaving Kooboo or Palambang cane through a stainless steal frame. Wire cables run through the cane and plywood floor and attach to the balloon envelope with carabineers. Plywood or cane can be used for the partitions. Most balloons now padding on both the floor and walls for passenger comfort. Rope handles are woven into the basket side for passengers to hold during landings.
There a two types of baskets, Open or T – partitioned. Open baskets are generally used on smaller balloons, up to 6 persons with all passengers, crew, fuel occupying the same open space. When numbers increase above 6 persons the basket is both increased in size and partitioned off to separate flight crew and fuel from the passengers.
The T-partition’s advantage over the open baskets are numerous. The load is more evenly distributed over the length of the basket. The pilot cannot be obstructed by passengers. Fuel and control lines are separated from passengers and the design is much safer for passengers when landing as no person can fall upon another.
Single T- Partition Basket Double T-Partition Basket
The WOW factor for me was the sunrise and the amazing views from up there – such pretty and interesting countryside in this part of Sydney… …We will have no hesitation in recommending Cloud 9 Balloons to our guests and hope we can send many more happy customers your way
Alannah St Angelo
…A fantastic experience: really enjoyed it and learned a lot – thanks so much to you all!
Cindy - Baulkham Hills
Thank you Cloud 9 for an awesome day flying! It was amazing.
What an experience to float across the sky in your magnificent balloon, just a perfect day for my 50th Birthday with my family… …It is a day I will always remember and I hope to be able to do again in the not too distant future.
I would just like to take the time to say thank you for providing us with such a wonderful experience on Saturday the 21st of June. We had a lovely time and it was great to see the staff so enthusiastic and keen. I would highly recommend your balloon rides to friends and family!Thanks once again.