David Patterson wrote:
Questions for this forum:I am a commercial balloon pilot,can I meet my currency requirement of 3 takeoffs/landings in 90 days with an ultralight balloon and be current when I fly type certified balloons?
Under the above conditions,can I receive a biennial flight review from the ground since it is a 1 person balloon?
When I get approval to enter an ultralight approve atrspace,how do I identify my aircraft on the radio?
If I wish to go to an altitude over 10,000 feet AGL/MSL,What would I do for a transponder code for mode C?
Do I have to comply with oxygen versus altitude FAA requirements in an ultralight balloon?
Answers are in the FARs. Sorry my copy is not handy but I will take a stab at the answers.
1. biennial flight review - 61.xx (xx = 57 or so) says in any catagory and class you are certified for. Your certificate does not cover UL, therefore not permited. Not logical, but that is the regulation.
2. "Experimental" since you have no standard airworthyness certificate. "Ultralight" is also acceptable. This tells the controler that you may have special limitations such as "no flight over congested areas". Experimental aircraft in controler lingo have two speeds A and B you are an A if they ask.
3. Balloons do not need a transponder. 91.xxx (xx = transponders check the contents). However, Part 91 does not apply. 103 does not mention transponder, therefore still no transponder requirements. However, no flight in Class A airspace (FL 180 and above) under 103 unless you have permission from the controlling authority. Carefull about flight over class B or C airspace however. That is a different 91 paragraph, I would need to review before flight to be certain and then still not a good idea.
3. Part 103 does not require oxygen. Again Part 91 does not apply. See 91.1 (I think) applicability where ultralights are excluded from many Part 91 requirements.
You can research this on line starting with www.FAA.gov. cllick regulations hot button, etc.
Hope this helps. If you disagree or need clarification, write back and I will research further.