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A classic style with plenty of admirers and customers around the globe

The ultimate balloon envelope for passenger balloon flying, this classic style has many admirers and customers around the globe. As a long-established ‘work horse’ this has been manufactured by Cameron Balloons throughout the years and is available in various sizes to suit the modern owner or operator.

This balloon offers tremendous strength without compromising the artwork space available.

Which balloon size is best for you? 

The most popular passenger-carrying balloons fly 10 - 12 in one basket but we have options from 6 passengers through to the world’s largest passenger-carrying balloon that can accommodate 32 flying passengers.

The size that will work best for your operation depends on several factors: the local countryside, weather conditions, population size or tourism numbers.

At a glance

Hot air balloon envelope with twenty horizontally cut, semi-bulbous gores, with twenty stainless steel flying wires.

A long established 'Work Horse' for passenger rides companies.

Classic style with ultimate performance.

Perfect stability for gusty inflations.

Offers versatility for all passenger rides applications.

All A-Type models

All envelopes are delivered with envelope karabiners, envelope bag and relevant paperwork.

A-105A-120A-140A-160A-180A-210A-250A-275A-300A-315A-340 / 340HLA-375A-400A-415A-425lwA-450lwA-500lwA-530lw
Size cu.ft105,000120,000140,000160,000180,000210,000250,000275,000300,000315,000340,000375,000400,000415,000425,000450,000500,000530,000
Size cu.M2,9743,3983,9654,5315,0985,9477,0807,7888,4968,9209,62910,62011,32811,75312,03612,74414,16015,010
No. of gores202020202020202020202020202020202020
Passenger no.Pilot + 3 or 4Pilot + 5Pilot + 5 or 6Pilot + 6 or 7Pilot + 7 or 8Pilot + 9 or 10Pilot + 10 to 12Pilot + 12Pilot + 14 to 16Pilot + 16Pilot + 16Pilot + 16-20Pilot + 16-20Pilot + 16-20Pilot + 16-20Pilot + 24Pilot + 28Pilot + 28
Nomex optionScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' PanelScoop / Extra row of Nomex for 'A' Panel
DimensionsApprox. 22.6m / 18.7m wideApprox. 23.5m / 19.5m wideApprox. 24.6m / 20.5m wideApprox. 25.1m / 21.5m wideApprox. 26m / 22.3m wideApprox. 27.3m / 23.5m wideApprox. 28.8m / 24.9m wideApprox. 29.7m / 25.7m wideApprox. 30.5m / 26m wideApprox. 31m / 26.9m wideApprox. 32m / 27.7m wideApprox. 33m / 28.8m wideApprox. 33.4m / 29.2m wideApprox. 33.7m / 29.5m wideApprox. 34m / 29.7m wideApprox. 34.6m / 30.3m wideApprox. 35.5m / 31m wideApprox. 36m / 31.5m wide
Typical enevlope weightSuperlight - 87kg, Ripstop Nylon - 120kgSuperlight - 97kg, Ripstop Nylon - 135kgRipstop Nylon - 150kg or 100% Hyperlast - 190kgRipstop Nylon - 165kg or 100% Hyperlast - 210kgRipstop Nylon - 180kg or 100% Hyperlast - 245kgRipstop Nylon - 200kg or 100% Hyperlast - 270kg100% Hyperlast - 290kg100% Hyperlast - 300kg100% Hyperlast - 315kg100% Hyperlast - 330kg100% Hyperlast - 360kg100% Hyperlast - 380kg100% Hyperlast - 400kg100% Hyperlast - 410kg100% Hyperlast - 430kg100% Hyperlast - 450kg100% Hyperlast - 470kg100% Hyperlast - 485kg
Deflation systems optionsRDS or ParachuteRDS or ParachuteParachute / RDSParachute / RDSParachute / RDSParachute / RDSRDSRDSRDSRDSRDSRDSRDSRDSRDSRDSRDSRDS
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Envelope options

Fabric colours

  • Our balloon envelopes use a combination of fabrics; a Nomex, heat resistant base panel, Superlight Nylon or Regular Ripstop Nylon and/or Hyperlast options, in a choice of 26 colours including shiny silver and shiny gold.
  • Click here to see our fabric colour charts to see the extensive range of colour options that are available.
  • Special colour dye fabrics are also available upon request. This can be the perfect solution for colour matching your desired Pantone or corporate shade. 

Envelope Options

  • Superlight fabric option is available for all balloons and can be used in conjuction with regular ripstop and Hyperlast.
  • Internal Load-tape construction available up to 140,000cu. ft. 
  • Envelope ‘windows’ in Cameron see-safe fabric can be positioned to provide sight of the sky or balloons above.
  • Additional row of heat resistant Nomex within the 'A' panels available for all A Type sizes. 
  • Additional registration marks and country flags can be applied.

Optional equipment

  • Choice of deflation systems - RDS (Rapid Deflation System), included from A-300 upwards or Standard Parachute (to A-275 only). 
  • Turning vents available and included from A-120 upwards. 
  • Lightweight polyester loadtapes available.
  • Nomex flying wire protectors available throughout the range.
  • Stainless Steel pully with quick links available throughout the range.
  • Heavy duty, black envelope bags available throughtout the range. 
  • Shaped banners with or without artwork are available, tailor-made to hug your balloon envelope’s surface.

What people are saying…

Customer promise

Each balloon envelope is built from individual “blocks” of fabric called panels, which are grouped into vertical “stripes” known as gores.

All balloons require regular maintenance and servicing which keeps balloon-systems working well and enables years of happy flying – maintenance usually takes place after 100 flying hours or 12 months whichever is sooner. Airworthiness Inspection & Maintenance Manual (UK).

Cameron Balloons fabrics have anti-mould, anti-mildew and anti-UV degradation agents added to them to prolong the life and colour of our balloons. Fluorocarbon is also added to the outside face of the fabric to defend the fabric from moisture, dirt and debris.

Excellence really is our lowest standard; exemplary quality, proven reliability and attentive service are some of Cameron Balloons key and constantly striven for company goals.

Our range of complete balloons, airships and lighter-than-air craft are all fully certified and approved.

Cameron Balloons also offers assurance – An ESCROW account is available – guaranteeing that your deposit payment is safe with us.

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