Traditionally wicker gondola that is suspended from the balloon; it holds passengers, fuel cylinders and flight instruments.
Wooden floor that supports the passengers and any equipment carried in the basket.
One of the parts used to hold and move the basket; they are also used as a means of anchoring the basket to the ground where necessary.
Leather or foam trimming around the basket’s upper rim that improves passenger comfort.
Instrument that measures the temperature of the ambient air or of the hot air inside the envelope.
Devices by which the pilot navigates and controls the flight; they include an altimeter, variometer, thermometer, compass and GPS.
Part that opens so fuel can enter the burner.
Tubing in which liquid fuel from the cylinders is heated; the fuel emerges as a gas and is then lit by a pilot flame.
Very sturdy yet pliant gondola that can absorb the impact of landing.
Device that indicates the balloon’s altitude.
Device that indicates the balloon’s vertical rate of climb or descent.
Rigid framework that supports the burner; the basket suspension cables are attached to it.
Flexible hoses that connect the fuel cylinders to the burner.
Flame-producing adjustable apparatus that heats the air inside the balloon; the pilot turns it on from time to time.