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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : 3s2|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 500
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Balloon|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
descent : approach
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 2500
flight time type : 1800
|Anomaly||inflight encounter other|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other other : unspecified
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Began approach 1-2 mi from potential landing site to take advantage of low level wind drifting toward park at north edge of town. Winds became very slow and variable. Due to dense farm land and beyond with the likely possibility of damage to crops, I elected to land in open clearing in neighborhood. Winds on the surface were non-existent and we used 'dropline' to guide balloon to landing area. There were no injuries or damage to any property. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: the reporter is a full time amount aeronaut in the ride business. He has recently relocated to wilsonville, or. As is customary in the ballooning business, the reporter checked with another balloonist in the area, a competitor, to find out where the best places to fly were located. The competitor gave the reporter some very bad information. The reporter has heard nothing from the FAA, local law, or landowners regarding these incidents, he landed in an I-5 exit after almost 2 hours of flight when the passenger had only paid for a 1 hour ride. Fuel was beginning to be a problem, and the passenger got to see the reporter become very anxious.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: HOT AIR BALLOON LANDED IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA.
Narrative: BEGAN APCH 1-2 MI FROM POTENTIAL LNDG SITE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LOW LEVEL WIND DRIFTING TOWARD PARK AT N EDGE OF TOWN. WINDS BECAME VERY SLOW AND VARIABLE. DUE TO DENSE FARM LAND AND BEYOND WITH THE LIKELY POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGE TO CROPS, I ELECTED TO LAND IN OPEN CLRING IN NEIGHBORHOOD. WINDS ON THE SURFACE WERE NON-EXISTENT AND WE USED 'DROPLINE' TO GUIDE BALLOON TO LNDG AREA. THERE WERE NO INJURIES OR DAMAGE TO ANY PROPERTY. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: THE RPTR IS A FULL TIME AMOUNT AERONAUT IN THE RIDE BUSINESS. HE HAS RECENTLY RELOCATED TO WILSONVILLE, OR. AS IS CUSTOMARY IN THE BALLOONING BUSINESS, THE RPTR CHKED WITH ANOTHER BALLOONIST IN THE AREA, A COMPETITOR, TO FIND OUT WHERE THE BEST PLACES TO FLY WERE LOCATED. THE COMPETITOR GAVE THE RPTR SOME VERY BAD INFO. THE RPTR HAS HEARD NOTHING FROM THE FAA, LCL LAW, OR LANDOWNERS REGARDING THESE INCIDENTS, HE LANDED IN AN I-5 EXIT AFTER ALMOST 2 HRS OF FLT WHEN THE PAX HAD ONLY PAID FOR A 1 HR RIDE. FUEL WAS BEGINNING TO BE A PROB, AND THE PAX GOT TO SEE THE RPTR BECOME VERY ANXIOUS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.