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This old dream we have carried out on 9 June with "Wines & Gastronomy", the Association chaired by my husband and the assistance of "Hot Air Balloon Center Atlantic" whose manager,Jean-Daniel Ouvrard is a senior pilot.
Therefore this June 9, at 6 o'clock in the morning, we found ourselves on the airfield of Veniers, all near of Loudun. While the sun rose we saw a convoy of 4x4 all with trailers. Once the cars stopped and the trailers open five hot air balloons have emerged; 4 for the 16 people in the association more than another or Remi, the son of Mr. Ouvrard, would spend his pilot's certificate. In each car were two people essential to any flight: the driver and the "collector".
Outputs of their respective cases, the envelopes of the balloons were stretched out on the field and then fixed to the nacelles, themselves procumbent. The burners have been mounted on the nacelles and we proceeded to inflation. It takes four people to inflate a balloon therefore candidates for flight are invited to participate in this operation. The ball should be raised slowly until it reaches its vertical position in flight and is the climb on board.
This climb has edge has been somewhat sports because our hot air balloons do not have doors and the nacelles are quite high but what followed was worth the trouble. We have seen the ground move away slowly and it was discovered a world seen from the top.
In a hot air balloon was not the dizziness and, contrary to what is happening on a plane, one does not feel of to-shots when it rises or falls; one has the impression of float like in a bubble. It is a particular point in time, as out of the time or it is just right. They let themselves be bear by the wind.
This flight at the discretion of the wind lasts about an hour and then the ball drops little by little, and when it is no longer only a few meters from the ground it must be held firmly to the handles so as not to fall when the nacelle touches the ground, we, we have installed in the direct vicinity of the castle of the Rivau and the car is loaded to the "recovery" was already on the spot. In effect, as it is not possible to predict or will the landing the 4x4, in radio link with the drivers, follow the hot air balloon.
After the landing comes the third and last phase of the flight on which each can also participate. The hot air balloons are dismounted, the balloons deflated and folded the envelopes. Once the devices have found their covers and were loaded into the trailers the 4x4 you back to your starting point.
Has the airfield the traditional pot of the pilot has met crews and passengers and was able to congratulate Remi, become in 18 years, one of the most young drivers of aircraft.