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basketclick to hear

Traditionally wicker gondola that is suspended from the balloon; it holds passengers, fuel cylinders and flight instruments.
basket hardwood base basket handle padding thermometer flight instruments blast valve heating coil wicker basket altimeter variometer load support fuel lines burner

hardwood base click to hear

Wooden floor that supports the passengers and any equipment carried in the basket.

basket handle click to hear

One of the parts used to hold and move the basket; they are also used as a means of anchoring the basket to the ground where necessary.

padding click to hear

Leather or foam trimming around the basket’s upper rim that improves passenger comfort.

thermometer click to hear

Instrument that measures the temperature of the ambient air or of the hot air inside the envelope.

flight instruments click to hear

Devices by which the pilot navigates and controls the flight; they include an altimeter, variometer, thermometer, compass and GPS.

blast valve click to hear

Part that opens so fuel can enter the burner.

heating coil click to hear

Tubing in which liquid fuel from the cylinders is heated; the fuel emerges as a gas and is then lit by a pilot flame.

wicker basket click to hear

Very sturdy yet pliant gondola that can absorb the impact of landing.

altimeter click to hear

Device that indicates the balloon’s altitude.

variometer click to hear

Device that indicates the balloon’s vertical rate of climb or descent.

load support click to hear

Rigid framework that supports the burner; the basket suspension cables are attached to it.

fuel lines click to hear

Flexible hoses that connect the fuel cylinders to the burner.

burner click to hear

Flame-producing adjustable apparatus that heats the air inside the balloon; the pilot turns it on from time to time.