Here are the most frequently asked questions that we receive about hot air balloons:
Balloons are registered like any other aircraft and are subject to regular airworthiness checks. The Civil Aviation Authority will not allow a balloon to be certified as airworthy unless these inspections and checks are done by authorized maintenance personnel and certified by them. All pilots are licensed by the IDAC and have to pass regular flight checks.
Radios are used to stay in contact with the chase crew as well as with Air Traffic Control and other aircraft flying in the vicinity.
If well taken care of, a balloon envelope should last approximately 500 flying hours.