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 Terms - Hot Air Balloons - P


Poles
The stabilizing struts between the basket, the burner mount and the load cables. On some balloons the poles are actually load-bearing elements; on others they simply act as stiff or slightly flexible guides for the actual load-bearing elements and connections from envelope sensors to the instrument console. Also referred to as "burner supports", "supports" or "flexi poles" there main job is to stop the burner knocking you on the head during landing.

Prohibited Zone
A restricted operation zone where balloon launchings and landings are prohibited by the landowner. In some cases, a minimum altitude restriction may also exist.

PUT
Short for 'Pilot Under Training".

 

 

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