ZK-OAK is a Cameron balloon, model Z, size 275 (275,000 basket ball equivalent in volume). It was made at the Cameron Balloon Factory in Bristol, England and arrived into New Zealand in January 2011. It can carry up to 16 passengers, plus the pilot.

Envelopes come in a range of sizes and shapes.

 

The making of our balloon involves the following components and process. The three key items include the balloon envelope, the bruner and the basket.

 

The balloon envelope is probably the first thing that you notice on a hot air balloon. Most hot air balloons are usually made of strong, light-weight synthetic fabrics such as rip-stop nylon.

 

Our large balloon ZK-OAK is made from Hyperlast fabric. Hyperlast has a tighter nylon weave and all its fibres are completely coated in silicone. It is 800% stronger than conventional rip-stop nylon, is tear resistant, it stays airtight, resists mould or mildew and lasts longer. The fabric at the mouth of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from fire resistant material called Nomex.

 

During the manufacturing process, the material is cut into panels and sewn together, along with structural load tapes that carry the weight of the basket. The individual sections, which run from the throat to the crown (top) of the envelope, are called gores or gore sections. Envelopes can have as few as 4 gores or as many as 24 or more.

 

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The making of our balloon involves the following components and process. The three key items include the balloon envelope, the bruner and the basket.

 

The balloon envelope is probably the first thing that you notice on a hot air balloon. Most hot air balloons are usually made of strong, light-weight synthetic fabrics such as rip-stop nylon.

 

Our large balloon ZK-OAK is made from Hyperlast fabric. Hyperlast has a tighter nylon weave and all its fibres are completely coated in silicone. It is 800% stronger than conventional rip-stop nylon, is tear resistant, it stays airtight, resists mould or mildew and lasts longer. The fabric at the mouth of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from fire resistant material called Nomex.

 

During the manufacturing process, the material is cut into panels and sewn together, along with structural load tapes that carry the weight of the basket. The individual sections, which run from the throat to the crown (top) of the envelope, are called gores or gore sections. Envelopes can have as few as 4 gores or as many as 24 or more.

 

ZK-OAK is a Cameron balloon, model Z, size 275 (275,000 basket ball equivalent in volume). It was made at the Cameron Balloon Factory in Bristol, England and arrived into New Zealand in January 2011. It can carry up to 16 passengers, plus the pilot.

Envelopes come in a range of sizes and shapes.