Post Mills Airport
PO Box 51
Post Mills, VT 05058
Contact: Brian Boland
An alternative approach to creating and owning a balloon, Boland Balloon offers plans, complete or partial materials packages, quick-build kits, or Build Your Own Balloon sessions (aka Balloon Camp).
Ultralights and Complete Ready-to-Fly Balloons or Components
These systems are incredibly lightweight, compact and portable. The envelopes and baskets typically weigh only half of most other balloons of the same volume. The rugged, secure baskets can be quickly collapsed and folded into a 4" tall carry case. Eighty-two different envelope sizes and models are offered in either 8 or 12 gore configurations. Volumes range from 14,000 to 102,000 cubic feet, carrying one to six people.
Thirteen different undercarriages are offered, ranging from harness suits and cylinder seats to collapsible baskets for one to five occupants. Some have an optional full door for entry and exit.
Standard fabric is 1.1 oz/yd calendared 30 denier ripstop nylon. An optional 1.3 oz. silicone-impregnated version of the same fabric is also available. These materials are well-proven spin-offs of the parachute industry.
The Six Approaches to This Fun StuffPlan-Instruction Manuals: For each specific size envelope and undercarriage. These plan books take you step-by-step through the entire building process and tell exact materials and tools needed in sequence.
Materials Package: Includes all the raw materials and plan books for whichever of the 81 sizes/models youÕve elected. Materials are still on the roll and you cut and label the pieces prior to sewing. Certain components such as cables, fuel hoses and burners are all pressure bled and tested. YouÕre basically fabricating the envelope and basket or undercarriage. Everything right down to the crown line and carry bag material is included.
Quick-Build Kits: Still 82 different sizes/models offered as in the materials package. However, the envelope panels and basket parts are all pre-cut and labeled. You just put the pieces of the puzzle together which gets you a finished balloon approximately 30 to 40 percent more quickly. Other parts are basically finished and tested and just need to be clipped in or on for flight. The Quick-Build Kit still fits the FAA 51 percent rule as youÕd be doing at least 51 percent of the construction and thus fit the experimental amateur built classification. I estimate that a 3-place 66,000 cubic foot balloon Quick-Build system should take about 130-150 hours to complete and be ready to fly.
Balloon Building Camp: You come to Post Mills for one to three weeks to build your balloon. I work with you and a friend or two using all in-house or custom-ordered materials. My expertise, sewing skills, shop, tools and machinery will be at your disposal during this period. YouÕll gain a tremendous rapid insight into the whole building process and go home with your finished, tested, complete balloon.
Ultralights: With my light-weight materials and construction techniques, more than 40 of the sizes and models can fit the part 103 ultralight category and donÕt require registration, certification, annual inspections or pilot licensing (though we do insist on some training). Under Part 103 the aircraft must weigh under 155 lbs. and be flown solo.
Complete Balloons or Components: WeÕll put any balloon, basket, component or system together into a finished ready-to-fly state. The items we offer are all spelled out and described in the information kit. Pricing is a la carte, but examples are given on how to pick and choose and put a whole balloon system together. A very comprehensive, complete 47-page literature package on Boland Balloon and whatÕs available is offered for $16.
Example of putting together a complete three-place balloon system:
Component Plans&InstOnly Materials Pkg w/ P&I Quick Build Kit Balloon Camp Fully assembled
Envelope 66-12 gore $200 $3,550 $4,722 $5,903 $7,083
Basket 30"x40" $100 $1,000 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000
2 cyl hang clips $10 $40 $40 $45 $50
4 cyl straps -- $50 $50 $50 $50
Load Ring/Burner frame $20 $120 $120 $125 $130
Instruments -- $130 $130 $130 $130
2 cylinders -- $800 $800 $800 $800
2 cyl jkts/closed cell pad $10 $80 $80 $100 $120
Burner -- $800 $800 $800 $800
Propane hoses $10 $400 $400 $400 $400
Burner Bag-Padded $10 $40 $40 $60 $80
Totals $360 $7,010 $8,182 $9,913 $11,643
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