Fwd: Fwd: Trans-Atlantic manned cluster balloon flight: Update
- FYI. Sounds interesting! Not sure if there'll be APRS aboard.
The pix were just of a common hot air balloon so I del'ed 'em.
73 de Mike W5VSI
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Subject: Fwd: Trans-Atlantic cluster balloon flight: Update
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:30:37 -0700
From: kmcaviezel <kmcaviezel@...>
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To: Mike Manes <mrmanes@...>, wb8elk@...
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Date: 07/14/2013 9:11 PM (GMT-08:00)
Subject: Trans-Atlantic cluster balloon flight: Update
Hello Balloonists, friends:
The weather system for our trans-Atlantic crossing has not yet arrived.
We are No-go for week 3.
Last week was a struggle working with a new face of the U.S. FAA. We
have long been in contact with different components of our FAA-- both
the administrative sections (e.g. airworthiness certifications,
inspections, etc) and the operations side (e.g. air traffic control.)
However, as I’m in a new physical region, and in a different
geographical FAA district, I encountered a new FAA district office, with
representatives of the Administrator that are not familiar with my
aircraft. This led to a very tense week until, in the end, they
formally said they would defer to the district office that originally
certificated the aircraft, and issued the airworthiness certificate.
This is good because that FAA office better understand how this aircraft
flies, and they understand that it can be flown safely and reliably by
an appropriately trained pilot. I’ve also been in contact with that
office—my ‘home’ FAA office-- regarding this expedition since last year.
I’m not out of the woods yet. They asked for a 24-month inspection
certificate on the transponder, which is customary and required under
Title 14 regulations. For that inspection, I worked with the same
avionics professional that inspected the equipment on Sir Richard
Branson and Per Lindstrand’ s balloon back in 1987—the first hot-air
balloon to cross the Atlantic. The avionics tech completed that
inspection for Branson/Lindstrand, and did my test and inspection last
week; there were no issues with the transponder; we have that test and
paperwork complete. Maybe it is good luck to have the equipment
inspected by the same tech that checked that great 1987 flight! They
made it across the Atlantic! Um, then they ditched into the Irish
Sea. In rough seas. At night. Hmm.
If you are in Maine, you can catch the segment “The Green Outdoors” on
*NBC* *Monday night*, *6PM* featuring our aircraft and expedition. Bill
Green came up to Aroostook County to discuss the project with us,
and to wish us well. In addition, there will also be a segment on his
other program, “Bill Green’s Maine,” later in the season. Both air
on the following channels:
NBC WCSH Channel 6 Portland
NBC WLBZ Channel 2 Bangor
I had the great opportunity to take an orientation flight here, and to
get the lay of the County from the perspective of a balloon. While
studying the charts can tell you a lot, it is a great deal better to
see it with your own eyes! “Oh! That is the what the tower from the
sectional looks like!” It was a beautiful flight—thank you to Bill,
Jim, Carla and team for getting us aloft.
Updates soon— especially if our specialized weather system develops.