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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : lou|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 75
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : sdf|
tower : lou
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Balloon|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||descent other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 11|
flight time total : 58
flight time type : 58
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Coming into the target area of the race, I missed the first of 2 targets. I heated to maintain altitude for the second target pole. I then vented to make the target, my basket made contact with the ground. The burners gimbaled, and flame came into contact with the skirt of the envelope. I maintained control, and ascended according to the waiver guidelines, and flew on to an appropriate landing spot. My aircraft was inspected by a certified balloon repair person, and was still airworthy. I opted not to fly the next morning until repairs could be made that afternoon. Repairs were made, and I flew that evening.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A BALLOONIST IN A CAMERON 065 HAS THE FLAME TOUCH THE SKIRT OF THE BALLOON'S ENVELOPE DURING A MANEUVERING EXERCISE AT A HOT AIR BALLOON RACE. THE DAMAGE WAS MINOR AND WAS INSPECTED AND REPAIRED PRIOR TO THE NEXT FLT.
Narrative: COMING INTO THE TARGET AREA OF THE RACE, I MISSED THE FIRST OF 2 TARGETS. I HEATED TO MAINTAIN ALT FOR THE SECOND TARGET POLE. I THEN VENTED TO MAKE THE TARGET, MY BASKET MADE CONTACT WITH THE GND. THE BURNERS GIMBALED, AND FLAME CAME INTO CONTACT WITH THE SKIRT OF THE ENVELOPE. I MAINTAINED CTL, AND ASCENDED ACCORDING TO THE WAIVER GUIDELINES, AND FLEW ON TO AN APPROPRIATE LNDG SPOT. MY ACFT WAS INSPECTED BY A CERTIFIED BALLOON REPAIR PERSON, AND WAS STILL AIRWORTHY. I OPTED NOT TO FLY THE NEXT MORNING UNTIL REPAIRS COULD BE MADE THAT AFTERNOON. REPAIRS WERE MADE, AND I FLEW THAT EVENING.
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.