The Desjardins lift-offs

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Enjoy the spectacle of dozens of hot air balloons in flight! Lift-offs are from parc de la Baie between 6 and 7 p.m., Thursday to Monday, and between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m., Saturday to Monday.  The Desjardins lift-offs are weather dependent.

Musical lift-offs

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Saturday, Sunday and Monday, around 6:45 a.m.

What better than a little music to enhance the magic of the experience of a hot air balloon lifting off? Sax Appeal, a saxophone quartet with a soprano, an alto, a tenor and a baritone is conducted by Jarrod Goldsmith. The band will add some enchantment to the lift-off and render the moment that much more majestic. There is sure to be music in the air!

2016 PARTICIPATING HOT AIR BALLOONS

Special Shapes

Super FMG

Super FMG
Sébastien Poupart
Quebec, Canada

Alien Rocket

Alien Rocket
Alain Bard
Ontario, Canada

Kermie the Frog

Kermie the Frog
Todd Monahan
New York, USA

YuYu The Blue Penguin

YuYu The Blue Penguin
Bill Whelan
Ontario, Canada

She's a Hoot!

She's a Hoot!
Kingsley Glover
Ontario, Canada

Armadillo

Armadillo
Marcos Antonio Bonimcontro
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Boy

Boy
Jacob Vaillancourt
Quebec, Canada

Girl

Girl
Richard Vaillancourt
Quebec, Canada

Lion

Lion
Todd Monahan
New York, USA

Whale

Whale
Bill Whelan
Ontario, Canada

Bee Hives

Bee Hives
Bill Whelan
Ontario, Canada

Regular Shapes

Desjardins

Desjardins
Jacques Brouard
Québec, Canada

Dormani Nissan

Dormani Nissan
Daniel Perreault
Québec, Canada

Ville de Gatineau

Ville de Gatineau
Brigitte Johnstone
Ontario, Canada

Ville de Gatineau

Ville de Gatineau
André Asselin
Québec, Canada

 

Reading the flags

After checking the weather, the Flight Directors will authorize or prohibit the hot air balloon flights. Pilots interpret the flags flying at the take-off area as follows:

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The red flag : The red flag means that the balloons cannot be inflated. This overrides any prior authorization.

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The yellow flag : The yellow flag means only cold air inflation is permitted. However, some balloons might be allowed to start hot air inflation

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The green flag : flag means that all pilots have the go-ahead for hot air inflation. This does not mean that they can lift-off. The pilots have to get permission from the flight officers before lifting off .

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The blue flag : The blue flag authorizes pilots to do tethered flights only.

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