Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey
Liquid propane gas is heated and fills the balloon and takes it up into the air where it can stay for very long periods if the flight is calm and winds are less than 10km an hour. It can also reach heights of between 153m and 458m with an experienced pilot changing direction and altitude.
Balloons are made up of 3 main parts; the Envelope which is the actual fabric of the balloon and holds the air; the Burner which propels the heat up inside the envelope and the Basket where the passengers and pilot stand. Other parts of the balloon include gas tubes, an altimeter and thermometer, wireless communication with an airport, a variometer and fire extinguishers in the basket. The basket is made from “vimin” a light synthetic material. The propane tubes weigh around 20kg each and carry the gas to the Envelope to keep it inflated. Each tube contains enough gas for approximately 45 minutes of flight and the balloon can lift around 772kg.
Hot Air Ballooning Flight Rules for ForeignersPrior to take-off all air vessels must register the balloon and full flight details to the Ministry of Communication, Civil Aviation General Directorate. If the balloon is flying for more than 15 days within Turkey foreign pilot’s licences have to be validated with the same Ministry.
The most famous place for hot air ballooning in Turkey is Cappadoccia .
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