SkyEvents @ Festival Kenyir 2011

Posted August 8th, 2011 by admin and filed in Events, News

Our Hot Air Balloons were at Festival Kenyir 6-8 May 2011, organised by Lembaga Kemajuan Terengganu Tengah (Ketengah). Festival Kenyir is a yearly affair held at Lake Kenyir, South East Asia’s largest man-made lake, covering more than 340 islands spread out in water catchments area of 38000 hectares. The biggest island would be estimated as big as Singapore.

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There were limited space on at the festival location, and we did our best to take passengers up high to view the beautiful Lake Kenyir and breathtaking scenery.

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Among the variety of activities held were:

  • Classic Beetle cars on Display
  • Coconut Grating Competition
  • Singing Competition
  • Rooster Beauty Competition / Pertandingan Ayam Serama
  • Tomoi / Muay Thai Show
  • Filming of Upin & Ipin
  • Dragon Boat Race Competition
  • Best Decorated Fishing Boat Competition
  • Jet Ski Show
  • Trade Show

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World’s Biggest Dragon-shaped hot air balloon

Posted February 12th, 2011 by admin and filed in Hot Air Balloon New Design, News, Special Shapes

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The team at Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons has once again created a first in ballooning – this time it’s Britain’s largest flying dragon.

The dragon balloon, christened Slick, has been developed for Palletways group, Europe’s market leader in the express distribution of small consignments of palletised freight.

The dragon, which is the only hot air balloon in the UK with a glass bottom ‘basket’ and features a giant pallet on its back, is nearly twice as tall as Guy’s Tower at Warwick Castle, which is 39 metres high and was used by archers to defend the castle and accommodated small cannons during the English Civil War. But it has seen nothing quite like it before, when the world’s biggest hot-air balloon of its kind, a 61ft-tall smoke-breathing dragon, was unveiled in its central courtyard.

The balloon is also taller than an eight-storey building and five elephants standing on each other’s shoulders. It has size 116 feet, a wingspan of 14 metres and a 44-metre-long tail – longer than five double-decker buses parked end to end. Slick  the Palletways Dragon carries 120,000ft of hot air on his delivery pallet – the equivalent to 3400 washing machine size packages.

The dragon is known as Slick to reflect Palletways’ highly professional and seamless national and European express distribution services. The dragon forms the group’s new marketing ‘vehicle’ and will be making appearances across the country over the course of the next year.

*Extracted from www.palletways.com

Malaysian Record – Longest Banner from a Hot Air Balloon

Posted May 26th, 2010 by admin and filed in News

Skyevents were proud to be part of the record breaking attempt into the Malaysian Book of Records with Nescafe on 15th May 2010 at one of the leading hypermarket in Kuala Lumpur. Our smiley balloon carry the longest banner (60meter) from a hot air balloon with the brand of Nescafe Ipoh White Coffee.

This record breaking feat was for Nescafe’s New Malaysian Menu:

1. Ipoh White Coffee – Longest Banner (60meter) from a hot air balloon

2. Neslo – Biggest Nescafe Bag

3. Nescafe Tarik – 750 participants completing Nescafe Tarik!

Great job Team!

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First Ever Balloon Crossing Northpole – New Record Broken

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Congratulations to Jean Louis Etienne who flew his Roziere shape balloon across Northpole!

This a first ever balloon flight crossing a distance of 3130km successfully crossing the Arctic Ocean after a flight of 121 hours 30mins on 26 April 2010. The team members of the Generali Arctic Observer expedition specially ordered a hot air balloon which represents a replica of the Rozière balloon.

The balloon is supported by a combination of helium and hot air, like the Breitling Orbiter balloon used on their round-the-world flight by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones. The nacelle will be specially designed for a Polar flight.

I truly salute Jean Louis Etienne and his team for embarking this daring expedition to draw the world’s attention to the effects of global warming on the Northpole. *bow bow bow*

Read about the whole expedition journey at www.jeanlouisetienne.com/generali_arctic_observer/EN/

2nd Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Posted March 26th, 2010 by admin and filed in Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

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Darth Vader, Big Orange, Lion Face and many other balloons floating in the skyline of beautiful Putrajaya landscape.. What a sight..

It has been an incredible time at 2nd Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Besides bonding with balloonists from 23 countries, trading stories, sharing tips, jokes, Tired as the fiesta crew may be, it was so satisfying to see the expressions of the visitors to the fiesta – pure joy, smiles, amazement, excitement and sometimes sadness when they found out the queue for the rides was too long ..

The weather was super hot in the mornings and unpredictable in the evenings – dark clouds & strong winds. We had to turn down the long queue due to bad weather. The RELA crew told us there is already a queue at 4am in the morning! talk about crazy! All of us felt bad when we couldn’t take the passengers because the crowd waited so long. So when there is good weather, we flew as long as we could..

The crowd at the recent Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta was massive! It was a very successful Fiesta, we salute the Organiser! Well Done! We look forward to the 3rd International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta! More information at http://www.myballoonfiesta.com/

If you missed all the excitement at the Fiesta or to ride on the hot air balloon, no worries! Join us at the Post Fiesta Workshop on 3rd & 4th April.