Envelopes

Included as standard in our envelopes are features such as the best and most appropriate deflation system available, rotation vents on all ride balloons and extra K27 in the top of all passenger balloons.

Fabrics

Three main types of fabric are used in the construction of our envelopes.

High quality nomex is used for the scoop and first panel on all models. Panel 1 is a full 1.445m high to provide the maximum protection. Extra nomex is an optional extra in panel 2 if required.

Standard fabric is our new Duralife cloth. This is a PU coated ripstop with excellent resistance to UV and heat degradation.

K27 is used in the top of all of our balloons for extra strength and durability. As standard the vent and top panel use K27 and on ride balloons over 120,000 Cu.Ft more K27 is included at no extra cost.

All seams are double stitched folded seams with external vertical load tapes and internal horizontal load tapes.

Deflation Systems

Kavanagh Balloons is the world leader in deflation system design. We currently offer both the Smart Vent for balloons up to 180,000 Cu.Ft and Lite Vent for balloons over 180,000 Cu.Ft as standard.

For more information on these remarkable systems which have changed the way people fly, go to the deflation systems page.

Rotation Vents

Rotation Vents are used in flight to orientate the balloon. This may be used during landing or simply to point the basket or logo in a particular direction.

Rotation vents are standard on all balloons over 200,000 Cubic Feet in volume and are are offered as an option on all smaller balloons.

Colour Schemes and Artwork

If you can dream it, we can build it. No extra charge is made for individual colour schemes within normal panel construction and using any of our standard cloth colours.

Due to the variation of complexity in artwork jobs, artwork is quoted on an individual basis.

Application methods include overlay with balloon cloth, inlay of balloon cloth, hand painting/airbrushing and inkjet printing. Once we have received your proposed artwork we will determine the most appropriate method at the time of quoting.

Envelope Design

Currently we have 7 model types and a total of 23 models on offer. Sizes range from 56,000 cubic feet to 450,000 cubic feet.

Design blanks and colour charts are available for download.

Balloons up to 105,000 Cubic Feet / 2970 cubic Meters
C Type - 12 Gore
Model Volume POB Standard K27 Deflation Sys. Rotation Vents
C-56 1,590m³ / 56,000Ft³ 2 top panel and vent Smart Vent Optional
C-65 1,842m³ / 65,000Ft³ 3 top panel and vent Smart Vent Optional
C-77 2,190m³ / 77,000Ft³ 4 top panel and vent Smart Vent Optional
D Type - 16 Gore
Model Volume POB Standard K27 Deflation Sys. Rotation Vents
D-77 2,190m³ / 77,000Ft³ 4 top panel and vent Smart Vent Optional
D-84 2,380m³ / 84,000Ft³ 4 top panel and vent Smart Vent Optional
D-90 2,550m³ / 90,000Ft³ 5 top panel and vent Smart Vent Optional
D-105 2,970m³ / 105,000Ft³ 6 top panel and vent Smart Vent Optional
EX Type - 20 Gore Racer
Model Volume POB Standard K27 Deflation Sys. Rotation Vents
EX-60 1,700m³ / 60,000Ft³ 2 panels 10 to 15 and vent Lite Vent Optional
EX-65 1,842m³ / 65,000Ft³ 3 Panels 10 to 17 and vent Lite Vent Optional
 
B Type - 24 Gore
Model Volume POBStandard K27 Deflation Sys. Rotation Vents
B-77 2,190m³ / 77,000Ft³ 4 top panel and vent Smart Vent Standard
B-105 2,970m³ / 105,000Ft³ 6 top panel and vent Smart Vent Standard
 
Balloons up to 450,000 Cubic Feet / 12800 cubic Meters
E Type - 20 Gore
Model Volume POB Standard K27 Deflation Sys. Rotation Vents
E-120 3,400m³ / 120,000Ft³ 7 panels 13 to 19 and vent Smart or Lite Vent Standard
E-140 3,970m³ / 140,000Ft³ 8 panels 13 to19 and vent Smart or Lite Vent Standard
E-160 4,530m³ / 160,000Ft³ 9 panels 14 to 21 and vent Smart or Lite Vent Standard
E-180 5,100m³ / 180,000Ft³ 10 panels 14 to 22 and vent Smart or Lite Vent Standard
E-200 5,670m³ / 200,000Ft³ 11 panels 15 to 22 and vent Lite Vent Standard
E-210 5,950m³ / 210,000Ft³ 11 panels 13 to 23 and vent Lite Vent Standard
E-240 6,800m³ / 240,000Ft³ 13 panels 12 to 24 and vent Lite Vent Standard
E-260 7,370m³ / 260,000Ft³ 14 panels 13 to 25 and vent Lite Vent Standard
E-300 8,500m³ / 300,000Ft³ 17 panels 13 to 27 and vent Lite Vent Standard
B Type - 24 Gore
Model Volume POB Standard K27 Deflation Sys. Rotation Vents
B-350 9,900m³ / 350,000Ft³ 20 panels 10 to 28 and vent Lite Vent Standard
B-400 11,400m³ / 400,000Ft³ 22 panels 11 to 29 and vent Lite Vent Standard
 
G Type - 28 Gore
Model Volume POB Standard K27 Deflation Sys. Rotation Vents
G-450 12,800m³ / 450,000Ft³ 26 panels 11 to 31 and vent Lite Vent Standard
 
 

Notes on POB: The above POB figures include pilot and are a guide only. Actual numbers will vary depending on the configuration of the basket and available lift on the day. Refer to the applicable flight manual for specific limitations and load calculations.