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It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, it’s a Hot Air Balloon!
[by Michael Filipiak]
From gazing out at the sunrise from 4,000 feet in the air to racing across the Atlantic at 46,000 feet, owning your own hot air
balloon lets you explore the skies like nothing else.
If you’re familiar with the Jules Verne novel tion of taking relaxing trips amid breathtak- of these 105,000 sq. ft balloons, it could cost
Around the World in 80 Days, you know the ing scenery. Just imagine a romantic, early well over $15,000 per flight! But, for some,
only proper way to travel is via a hot air bal- morning flight over Napa Valley with your the ability to race around the globe and reach
loon. Certainly, since the earlier part of the significant other, a bottle of wine and an altitudes upwards of 46,000 feet above sea
twentieth century, planes have become the assortment of imported cheeses. Who needs level may be worth the expenses associated
quickest and most convenient method of air coffee? The best part of waking up is Char- with owning one of these rare, adrenaline-
travel. But, the pure magic and delight of donnay in your cup! For those of you with a pumping devices. Plus, you can’t put a price
soaring through the skies in an open basket little more adventure coursing through your tag on showing up to your high school re-
make hot air ballooning the only choice for veins, this standard joy-riding balloon may union in a high performance racing balloon.
true connoisseurs of flight. As a member of not be your cup of tea. Instead, you may want
LawCrossing, you have clearly distinguished to look into investing in a racing Roziere. Whether you are a daredevil, adventure-
yourself as a connoisseur of legal job re- seeking billionaire or a LawCrossing member
sources. Therefore, it is only reasonable to In the news, you may have heard about sev- who recently found a new job and has a
assume that your taste in travel is just as eral eccentric billionaires - including Virgin little extra cash to throw around, acquiring
refined. CEO Richard Branson - daring to race around a private hot air balloon is an exceptional
the globe in hot air balloons. These thrill- investment. Don’t be the last one on your
Many companies throughout the United seekers attempted this block to own one!
States offer balloon rides to eager adventur- feat in specialized racing
ers willing to pay a considerable fee for a balloons called Rozieres.
short one-hour trip. While the one time expe- Currently, there are very
rience may be memorable, it leaves much to few Rozieres in operation
be desired. Why should your journey through worldwide, all of which
the clouds be subjected to a time limit? If have been produced
you want the freedom to fly where you want, by Cameron Balloons,
when you want, the only option is to purchase the largest producer of
a hot air balloon for your own personal use. hot air balloons in the
This may seem like a ridiculous concept, but world. The limited number of these balloons
it’s actually rather practical and even afford- is primarily due to the exorbitant price of its
able for those with at least $35,000 to spare. production and operation. The base price
There are varying types of balloons available starts in the hundreds of thousands and a
for purchase, ranging in size, performance top-of-the-line model can reach into the
and of course, price. millions. And, that only covers the production
costs. Getting the Roziere off the ground is a
A standard 77,000 cubic foot balloon can pricy endeavor in and of itself.
carry between 2-3 passengers (including a
pilot), and can float several thousand feet The balloon operates with a combination of
above the ground. This model will run you hot air and helium. This specialized helium
approximately $32,000 and is most suitable used in the balloon runs about $3 per sq.
for those balloon enthusiasts with the inten- foot. This means that in order to launch one