Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Miami Balloon To Be Safe

Again, from the same Herald article:

"They should not have flown," Funnen said of the incidents. "If a pilot in a jumbo jet receives a severe weather warning, he's not going to take off."

To avoid similar problems, SkyLift hired an operator with eight years['] experience running another Lindstrand balloon. Three engineers from the British company are conducting safety inspections.

At the Bayfront site, a ground operator will monitor computerized weather data, including reports from the control tower at Miami International Airport, Funnen said. With a generator, back-up winches and even a manual crank for the steel tether, Funnen said workers can get the balloon down even if equipment fails. . . .

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