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Balloon Launch set for Saturday Hot air balloons will be showcased early Saturday morning with a spectacular balloon launch. Pilots participating in this launch are seasoned airshow veterans from around the world. Hot air balloon pilots carry an FAA-issued pilot’s license in the Lighter than Air category. In addition to passing the traditional written tests, a pilot is specially trained in balloon mechanics, safety, procedures, and the unique flight characteristics of balloons. Rated as private or commercial, pilot competence can only be attained by extensive experience in actual flight, officials note. Balloon events at SUN ’n FUN include limited daily demonstration flights from the ultralight field, also known as Paradise

City, by commercial firms, usually around 7 a.m. The balloons also will participate in a “Balloon Glow” on Friday during the night air show. This is when the balloons inflate, but do not launch. On Saturday morning, weather permitting, balloons will be launched in a traditional “Hare and Hound” race. This involves chasing a single balloon after it takes off. This balloon acts as the hare and floats in the air for a short while before other balloons are allowed to take off. The balloons that follow are the hounds. The winning balloon is the one that lands closest to the hare. If you want to catch all the action, you’ll have to get up early. The Balloon Launch takes place between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.

SOLOY’S TURBO PROP CESSNA 206 MARK II READY TO SERVE IN A MULTITUDE OF TASKS • Certified by the FAA and EASA • Wipline 3450 amphibious floats approved • Light weight, powerful Rolls-Royce 250-B17F turbine engine • Lowest cost turbine single available today

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April 1, 2012 SUN 'n FUN Today  
April 1, 2012 SUN 'n FUN Today  

The April 1, 2012 edition of SUN 'n FUN Today produced daily during the show in Lakeland, Florida.