American Crosses The English Channel Under Toy Helium Balloons | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 **
** Airborne 10.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.17.14 **
** Airborne 10.15.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 10.15.14 **

Wed, Jun 02, 2010

American Crosses The English Channel Under Toy Helium Balloons

Not Quite The Lawn Chair Stunt ... But Darn Close

A 36-year-old North Carolina man has made an unusual crossing of the English Channel. He suspended himself in a specially-equipped chair under a massive and colorful cluster of helium balloons and drifted across the channel. When it came time to descend in France, he simply cut away a few balloons and came back to earth.

Jonathan Trappe's flight lasted about 5 hours. And while the crossing may have seemed idyllic, it was far from a lark. Trappe said on his website that he meticulously planned the event, gaining clearance from both British and French aviation authorities before attempting the crossing. On his chair, he carried a transponder, aircraft radios, an ELT, supplemental oxygen, and other safety gear.

The Associated Press reports that Trappe told Sky News, which covered the event, that it was a "quiet, peaceful experience."

The tracking map on the website shows that Trappe reached a maximum altitude of 7011 feet during his crossing, landing a few miles west of Dunkerque, France. Local police said he reportedly gave the landowner where he came down a little something for damages to his property.

Trappe claimed the record for the longest free-floating balloon flight last month according to AP. He drifted for some 14 hours over North Carolina, reaching an altitude of just under FL180. Trappe holds a balloon rating from the FAA.

FMI: www.clusterballoon.com

Advertisement

More News

Klyde Morris (10.20.14)

Klyde Battles The Grammar Psychos!!! FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

Airborne 10.17.14: Enstrom Delivers, Flight School Scandal, NBAA2014

Also: Rare O-46 Rebuild, Valor Unveiled, OK's Anti-Fly-In Airport, FAA Screw-Ups, The first Enstrom Model 480B-G has been delivered to Rick Boswell of New Hampshire with the Garmin>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.20.14): Altostratus

Altostratus This middle cloud genus is composed of water droplets, and sometimes ice crystals, In the mid-latitudes, cloud bases are generally found between 15,000 and 20,000 feet.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.20.14)

"I am extremely saddened by the loss of my friend. Peter devoted the last 23 years of his life to this wonderful mission. His faith, dedication, and hard work were something to emu>[...]

AeroSports Update: Sport Performance Aviation Selects Superior XP-320

Superior Air Parts Announces That Sport Performance Aviation Has Selected The XP-320 Engine For The SPA Panther Sport Aircraft Scott Hayes, V.P. Sales and Marketing for Superior Ai>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC