Brazil's balloon culture

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Brazil's balloon culture

#1 Post by pelmet » Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:52 pm

Keep your eyes open....

http://www3.alpa.org/Publications/air-l ... .html#p=21

Anybody ever had a close call with a balloon at high altitude?
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Re: Brazil's balloon culture

#2 Post by stone69 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:41 pm

I had a near miss with one shortly after takeoff one night departing Sao Paulo .... we were bound for YYZ and heavy.....it was a moonless night and pitch black . We had just cleaned up and were accelerating when we realized the single light we'd both seen pretty well on the nose was a balloon and I turned left as quick as I could and it passed very close on the starboard side.... I was busy flying, but the F/O said it was right at our altitude and really close.... these balloons often consist of a 45 gal drum filled with some fuel or other to provide the heat for the balloon. I know hitting a contraption like that would have been bad news, so we definitely dodged a big one that night....
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