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David Patterson
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#1 Posted: 10/20/2009 17:08:25

This new UltraLight Balloon forum is to discuss the ultralight balloon building process and FAA legal questions .



David Patterson
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#2 Posted: 10/20/2009 17:23:59

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?

 



Kent Misegades
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#3 Posted: 10/22/2009 20:02:01

David, make sure you contact Jonathan Trappe, cluster balloonist, here in the Raleigh, NC area.  He just received FAA certification of his first EXP cluster balloon.   http://www.clusterballoon.com/

Kent Misegades, president, EAA1114, Apex, NC



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#4 Posted: 10/23/2009 23:27:15

Come on... We all know the only reason you guys started this was to discuss the "balloon boy" in Colorado. Ha ha, just kidding...



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David Patterson
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#5 Posted: 1/30/2010 09:08:33

 Bert Padelt with Mike Patterson have built an ultra light balloon under FAA part 103.Inflation test Jan/Feb 2010.This is one of the few to have a wicker basket and be less than 155 pounds.Many PIX at Cloudhoppers@yahoo.com sign up and view photos under A Padelt/Patterson basket.

Inflation PIX will be posted Feb 2010.Some key features:32,000 cu ft made with 1.1 oz silicone coated fabric with special light weight load tapes.Wicker basket with cut outs for weight for < 40 pounds. 20 million BTU TBW T-3 burner @ 10.5 pounds.Nomex scoop and Nomex base panels.The colors orange/yellow and envelop at 62 pounds.

The best we know this has never been done before with wicker basket and under 155 pounds.



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Grant Smith
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#6 Posted: 1/30/2010 19:19:52
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.

cfig1467368@yahoo.com

 

 



Grant Smith CFI