This week offers great events not only to pilots but also to the public. Come and watch balloons competing in three different kinds of competitions. The maximum distance flight will challenge pilots and their teams with speeds of up to 100 km/h and heights up to 6000m to fly as far as possible, crossing Austria’s highest mountain, the Großglockner, fly all the way to Italy and across the Alps. The so-called “Fly In” at the Lake Zell is a very difficult task that requires a maximum of precision during flight and landing. The public will be able to watch from the Elisabeth Pormenade when the balloons come in over the lake. The so-called “Hare and Hounds”, which is a kind of chase, will be the third competition of this event.
Andreas Lanzinger, head meteorologist and competition director Werner Schrank, best Austrian participant at the World Championship in Japan in 2016 (ranking 27 of 105), will be on site to provide the best service possible to all competing teams. Ballooning teams will also enjoy a welcoming evening event at the TAUERN SPA, a visit to the casino as well as the presentation ceremony at the Kaprun Castle.
From Feb 11-18, 2017 children and grown-ups will have the possibility to enjoy balloon flights every day. If you want to fly with one of our balloons, you can book your flight here.
We are happy to welcome an airship for the first time at balloonalps. You can book a flight with this airship every day from February 11-18 and fly in the valley around Zell am See/Kaprun. Book here.
How does a hot air balloon work? Children will get the answer to this question at this year’s balloonalps. Mister Karl-Joseph Hein has created a unique program for children and shows the world of hot air balloons using a small-seized model balloon. He visits schools, kindergartens and charitable institutions to make children experience and understand how hot air balloons function. His model balloon is 5 meters high, which gives children the chance to fully understand how they work and how they can be used. Daily events are planned at the airfield in Zell am See.
The “Night of the balloons” will take place on two evenings after nightfall. On Monday, February 13, in Kaprun Lechnerberg and Wednesday, February 15, in Zell am See at the valley station of the cityXpress. Visitors can enjoy a colorful event with a night sky filled with balloons. The event starts at 8p.m and offers entertainment, cool beats and hot drinks. Free entry.
Already during the early 1970ies balloon events took place in this alpine area. In 2009, the Alpine Balloon Trophy took place in Pinzgau. “balloonalps - THE ALPS CROSSING EVENT“ successfully continued this wonderful tradition in February 2015 with its Start-UP event. The participants competed in several regional competitions and one long distance flight to Italy!
The reasons why “balloonalps” is such a big success are easy to explain: The winter wonderland of Zell am See-Kaprun offers the perfect infrastructure in terms of gastronomy, accommodation and service to contestants and the organizing team. The airfield is the ideal launch site for competitions as well as for passenger flights. In terms of geography the position close to the main chain of the Alps is the perfect place to launch for the adventure of crossing the Alps. And last but not least: Winter! Thanks to the relatively large temperature difference between the air inside the envelope heated by the burner and the surrounding winter air, the lifting capacity as well as the potential duration of flights increases considerably. This is why the winter is the only time when crossing the Alps is possible at all. In short: Perfect conditions for an exceptional balloonalps-week!
Well, there are a few explanations (which makes it even more complicated) and we decided to present two of the most logical ones:
The difference between flying and driving is that aircrafts that are lighter than air (like balloons) don’t fly, whereas aircrafts heavier than air, actually fly. – The second explanation is that objects which cannot be steered but float passively within the elements (for balloons that would be air/wind) don’t fly, so in German this is called fahren. Flying actually requires the possibility to steer.
The only thing that we know for sure is that this discussion has a long history. Already the first pilots used the term fahren as they adopted the nautical vocabulary.
Generally speaking, it is not possible to steer a balloon. In order to control direction and speed pilots use the wind. Different air layers can have different wind directions and speeds which can be used by the pilot to rise or sink and to move towards the designated landing area.
By operating the burner, the air in the envelope is heated up and the balloon rises. The constant slow cooling of the air brings the balloon down. If the pilot wants to sink faster, the so called “parachute valve” (a kind of valve at the top of the balloon) can be opened.
Opening and closing the turning vents will turn the balloon around its vertical axis which can be useful to get the balloon into a good position for landing.
The hot air balloon pilot tends to fly long distances in greater heights because wind speeds are higher than closer to the ground. Oxygen masks are needed for heights that reach or exceed 6000m. Warm clothing is absolutely necessary as temperatures can drop to -25°C and less.
But humanity sometimes likes a challenge, so ballooning is not only a great hobby but is also taken very seriously in competitions up to World Championships. Ample preparations, tactics, courage and fitness are key factors of success when you are playing something like “sky chess”.
Depending on the weather conditions, the competition manager assigns one or more tasks which the participants try to complete as accurate as possible. Usually, the tasks involve dropping a small marker bag as close to a targeted area as possible.
Are you looking for a hotel in Zell am See or Kaprun? We appreciate your informal request.
Enjoy the calm floating of the balloon in the valleys and over snow-clad mountain tops of the Alps. Winter balloon flights are a unique experience: crystal clear air, blue skies and the low position of the sun offer excellent visibility. It is spectacular - Don’t miss it!
“FLAGGL BALLOONING GmbH”, a family-run commercial enterprise for hot air balloon passenger flights was founded by the Flaggls in 1995. The FLAGGL balloons are subject to very strict safety regulations and the pilots are among the best in terms of experience, safety and know-how. Because: Your safety is always paramount!
Enjoy the unique possibility for passenger flights during „balloonalps“.
We will be up in the air for about 2-3 hours and will then find a suitable landing site in a valley. The chase vehicle will pick us up from there and take us back to the launch site (around noon). The traditional champagne toast will await you when we return.
The offer contains:
Launches will be scheduled daily February 11-19th, 2017 between 8.00 and 8.30 a.m. if weather conditions are ok. Launch site will be the airfield in Zell am See. Launch preparations will begin half an hour prior to lift off.
The balloons will float in the winds of the valleys. This offers great views at the basins of Zell am See-Kaprun and Saalfelden.
The offer contains:
Launches will take place daily from February 11-19th 2017, between 8.00 and 8.30 a.m. if weather conditions are ok. Launch preparations will begin half an hour prior to lift off.
This is the perfect ride for those who do not want to climb too high. The airship floats with speeds from 5 to 30 km/h in heights of 50 to 300 m. The semi-open gondola offers clear view into all directions; a perfect platform for those who want to shoot films and take photos.
Take-offs scheduled daily Feb 12-18, 2017, at the airfield in Zell am See between 9- 9.30 a.m. depending on weather conditions.
t take off preparations begin at least 30 min before take-off.
Airship ride for 1 person, take-off, approx. 40-45 minutes ride, landing, traditional ceremony and certificate and small gift (DVD Ballon-Sachsen)
Participants must not suffer from any lung or heart disease, cardiovascular problems or pregnancy; the airship ride is more suitable for people over the age of 65 than rides in a hot air balloon.
Clothing and equipment:
Comfortable, warm winter clothing, do not wear long coats, scarfs, backpacks, shoulder bags or tote bags; small bags for cameras are allowed.
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