What Happens if a Hot Air Balloon Gets a Hole?

What Happens if a Hot Air Balloon Gets a Hole?

What Happens if a Hot Air Balloon Gets a Hole?

While taking a hot air balloon ride is exhilarating and liberating, you can’t help but have doubts and worries, especially if it's your first time. You wouldn’t want to risk your safety, so you may ask what would happen if a hot air balloon gets a hole. Well, it would fall to the ground because of the leakage of warm air.

Reintroducing hot air by the hot air balloon pilot, however, is possible to make the fall gradual, if the burner system is still functioning.

Note that hot air balloons already contain holes. For instance, there’s an opening at the bottom of the balloon to allow the burners to send heat through it.

There’s also another opening at the top of the balloon so that hot air escapes, letting the balloon descend. Thus, small holes won’t significantly affect the balloon’s performance. Meanwhile, large holes and leaks can lead to sudden falls.

However, your hot air balloon pilot would treat this hole using the blast valve to allow more hot air to circulate. Compared to a normal landing, they’d do it a bit more often. You might also wonder where the landing will take place. The pilot communicates with the ground crew to make sure you’ll land in a safe place.

Can a Bird Pop a Hot Air Balloon?

Can a Bird Pop a Hot Air Balloon?

When we think about a bird hitting a hot air balloon, the first thing that pops into our minds is the conclusion that the balloon will burst or deflate.

However, this is not true. A bird striking a hot air balloon rarely causes any damage. There is a small impact, but the fabric is durable and elastic enough to sustain it.

In rare cases, birds can cause a hole in a balloon when they strike it. However, this would be a very small hole, and not something large enough to take down the entire balloon. Besides, each balloon is made from strong nylon fabric and is not pressurized, which makes them unique from latex balloons. They aren't as vulnerable to popping, allowing you peace of mind when booking a ride.