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A unique flying attraction Balloon Tallinn to open in Tallinn

24.04.2014

At the end of May, a unique flying attraction Balloon Tallinn will open in Tallinn. The gondola of the huge helium-filled balloon will offer a breath-taking panoramic view of the Old Town, the centre of the city, Kadriorg park and the seaside.  In clear weather, the visibility from the Balloon Tallinn gondola will be over 40 kilometers.

The viewing platform i.e. the gondola of Balloon Tallinn filled with helium and tethered to the ground can accommodate up to 30 people and allows passengers to enjoy panoramic views from the height of 120 metres. This is to become the highest open outdoor platform in the centre of Tallinn. 
The environmentally friendly high-tech ride, one of its kind in the Nordic countries, will be built in the area between Terminal A and cruise ships’ pier in of the Port of Tallinn. According to Per Lindstrand, head of Lindstrand Technologies Ltd., the manufacturer of the helium balloon, the area of the cruise ships’ harbour is the best place in Tallinn where this project can be carried out. “Tallinn is one of the most beautiful cities in the world but it lacked the perfect advantage point for viewing the complete city from one location.  This has now totally changed with the arrival of the manned tethered aerostat i.e. the HiFlyer.  From the height of 120m you will not only see the entire city and at that altitude you will see all the way to the horizon which is 43km away: in clear weather one will even be able to see Helsinki from the gondola!”  Per Lindstrand said.

“The helium balloon is meant for the whole family leisure as it provides the experience of flying an air balloon and all passengers, the youngest and the oldest alike, can enjoy the panoramic view. The balloon can also accommodate people with movement disorders and wheelchair users. A ride on the helium balloon can be booked for a private event as well,” said Sigre Luts, member of the board of Lennualev OÜ, the company operating Balloon Tallinn. The ride will last for 10–15 minutes. 
Allan Kiil, member of the board of the Port of Tallinn, believes that the guests of Tallinn will soon embrace another attraction to complement the Old City harbour. “Nine million people go through the Port of Tallinn, the sea gate of Estonia, every year, and it is in the summer months that the flow of visitors is the largest,” said Kiil. “Balloon Tallinn will certainly attract both our route and cruise passengers who will have a new and fascinating opportunity to see Tallinn’s beautiful skyline from an unexpected angle.”

According to Allan Kiil, recently the Port of Tallinn has been investing more and more into opening the Old City harbour to residents and tourists alike and to offer seaside activities to people. “The Old City Marina in the heart of the city, the City Marina restaurant next to Admiralty basin, which has enjoyed success for several years now, the Harbour Market offering genuine Estonian goods and Balloon Tallinn, the new addition to be welcomed in the summer, will combine to become an excellent motivator to drive people to come to the Old City Harbour for leisure and entertainment.”

According to Kristen Lahtein, the secretary general of the Estonian Travel and Tourism Association, Balloon Tallinn will allow the choice of the capital’s tourist attractions to be diversified. “Similar balloons are highly valued by tourists around the world: in a quarter of an hour you can get a whole picture of a city, and this opportunity is perfect for cruise tourists, whose visit generally lasts for several hours,” Lahtein noted.
 
“Moreover, I see that it can be one of the ways to fuel the interest of the shopping tourists from Finland in Tallinn as a tourist city and to lure them to the seaside from the overcrowded Old town,” Lahtein said.
 
The balloon will be  tethered to the ground with cable (with the minimum carrying capacity of 42 tonnes) and controlled by means of an electrical winch system. It is 136 tonnes of concrete and an 11 tonne winch that will fix the balloon to the ground. The balloon will be able to provide safe flights at the speed of wind up to 12 m/s. The balloon will be filled with helium, which is an absolutely inert, clean, non-toxic, non-explosive, non-flammable and odourless gas. The winch system will have a triple backup system and a local backup generator. 

The octagonal viewing platform will be attached to the helium balloon with a special net draped over the helium balloon. The range of vision from the viewing platform will be open (in the open air) but enclosed in safety net with mesh still large enough to allow beautiful photos to be taken without hindrance.

The flights of Balloon Tallinn in Estonia will be regulated by aviation regulations. Flying such a balloon is as safe as going by plane. Two operators, one of them in the gondola and one on the ground will simultaneously pilot the balloon. 

Balloon Tallinn will be open from May to September every day from 08:00 to 20:00, wind conditions permitting. The site will also host a café and a luggage room. Over 40 such type balloons  have been installed over the years in 18 countries of the world.  
The manufacturer of the Balloon Tallinn, Lindstrand Technologies Ltd. (LTL) is the world leading developer and manufacturer of the most advanced lighter-than-air airships and inflatable structures. The founder and the head of the company Per Lindstrand is a remarkable aeronautical engineer, pilot, pioneer and adventurer with world-wide recognition for his achievements in breaking through the boundaries of lighter-than-air technology. With designs certified in 48 countries and a perfect safety record, Lindstrand Technologies is the world’s most versatile manufacturer of aerostats, airships, gas balloons, tethered balloons and high-tech inflatable structures.
Among many others, in 1999 LTL, in partnership with Daimler Chrysler Aerospace of Germany, was awarded a design contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a high altitude long endurance airship. In 2002, LTL was awarded the contract to design and manufacture the parachute for the planned Mars landing – Beagle 2. This was to be the most advanced parachute in the world. In 2003 the Beagle 2 landed successfully on Mars.

Additional information and media inquiries: 
press@balloontallinn.ee

www.balloontallinn.ee

At the end of May, a unique flying attraction Balloon Tallinn will open in Tallinn. The gondola of the huge helium-filled balloon will offer a breath-taking panoramic view of the Old Town, the centre of the city, Kadriorg park and the seaside.  In clear weather, the visibility from the Balloon Tallinn gondola will be over 40 kilometers.
The viewing platform i.e. the gondola of Balloon Tallinn filled with helium and tethered to the ground can accommodate up to 30 people and allows passengers to enjoy panoramic views from the height of 120 metres. This is to become the highest open outdoor platform in the centre of Tallinn. 
The environmentally friendly high-tech ride, one of its kind in the Nordic countries, will be built in the area between Terminal A and cruise ships’ pier in of the Port of Tallinn. According to Per Lindstrand, head of Lindstrand Technologies Ltd., the manufacturer of the helium balloon, the area of the cruise ships’ harbour is the best place in Tallinn where this project can be carried out. “Tallinn is one of the most beautiful cities in the world but it lacked the perfect advantage point for viewing the complete city from one location.  This has now totally changed with the arrival of the manned tethered aerostat i.e. the HiFlyer.  From the height of 120m you will not only see the entire city and at that altitude you will see all the way to the horizon which is 43km away: in clear weather one will even be able to see Helsinki from the gondola!”  Per Lindstrand said.

“The helium balloon is meant for the whole family leisure as it provides the experience of flying an air balloon and all passengers, the youngest and the oldest alike, can enjoy the panoramic view. The balloon can also accommodate people with movement disorders and wheelchair users. A ride on the helium balloon can be booked for a private event as well,” said Sigre Luts, member of the board of Lennualev OÜ, the company operating Balloon Tallinn. The ride will last for 10–15 minutes. 
Allan Kiil, member of the board of the Port of Tallinn, believes that the guests of Tallinn will soon embrace another attraction to complement the Old City harbour. “Nine million people go through the Port of Tallinn, the sea gate of Estonia, every year, and it is in the summer months that the flow of visitors is the largest,” said Kiil. “Balloon Tallinn will certainly attract both our route and cruise passengers who will have a new and fascinating opportunity to see Tallinn’s beautiful skyline from an unexpected angle.”

According to Allan Kiil, recently the Port of Tallinn has been investing more and more into opening the Old City harbour to residents and tourists alike and to offer seaside activities to people. “The Old City Marina in the heart of the city, the City Marina restaurant next to Admiralty basin, which has enjoyed success for several years now, the Harbour Market offering genuine Estonian goods and Balloon Tallinn, the new addition to be welcomed in the summer, will combine to become an excellent motivator to drive people to come to the Old City Harbour for leisure and entertainment.”

According to Kristen Lahtein, the secretary general of the Estonian Travel and Tourism Association, Balloon Tallinn will allow the choice of the capital’s tourist attractions to be diversified. “Similar balloons are highly valued by tourists around the world: in a quarter of an hour you can get a whole picture of a city, and this opportunity is perfect for cruise tourists, whose visit generally lasts for several hours,” Lahtein noted.
 
“Moreover, I see that it can be one of the ways to fuel the interest of the shopping tourists from Finland in Tallinn as a tourist city and to lure them to the seaside from the overcrowded Old town,” Lahtein said.
 
The balloon will be  tethered to the ground with cable (with the minimum carrying capacity of 42 tonnes) and controlled by means of an electrical winch system. It is 136 tonnes of concrete and an 11 tonne winch that will fix the balloon to the ground. The balloon will be able to provide safe flights at the speed of wind up to 12 m/s. The balloon will be filled with helium, which is an absolutely inert, clean, non-toxic, non-explosive, non-flammable and odourless gas. The winch system will have a triple backup system and a local backup generator. 

The octagonal viewing platform will be attached to the helium balloon with a special net draped over the helium balloon. The range of vision from the viewing platform will be open (in the open air) but enclosed in safety net with mesh still large enough to allow beautiful photos to be taken without hindrance.

The flights of Balloon Tallinn in Estonia will be regulated by aviation regulations. Flying such a balloon is as safe as going by plane. Two operators, one of them in the gondola and one on the ground will simultaneously pilot the balloon. 

Balloon Tallinn will be open from May to September every day from 08:00 to 20:00, wind conditions permitting. The site will also host a café and a luggage room. Over 40 such type balloons  have been installed over the years in 18 countries of the world.  
The manufacturer of the Balloon Tallinn, Lindstrand Technologies Ltd. (LTL) is the world leading developer and manufacturer of the most advanced lighter-than-air airships and inflatable structures. The founder and the head of the company Per Lindstrand is a remarkable aeronautical engineer, pilot, pioneer and adventurer with world-wide recognition for his achievements in breaking through the boundaries of lighter-than-air technology. With designs certified in 48 countries and a perfect safety record, Lindstrand Technologies is the world’s most versatile manufacturer of aerostats, airships, gas balloons, tethered balloons and high-tech inflatable structures.
Among many others, in 1999 LTL, in partnership with Daimler Chrysler Aerospace of Germany, was awarded a design contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a high altitude long endurance airship. In 2002, LTL was awarded the contract to design and manufacture the parachute for the planned Mars landing – Beagle 2. This was to be the most advanced parachute in the world. In 2003 the Beagle 2 landed successfully on Mars.


Additional information and media inquiries
press@balloontallinn.ee

www.balloontallinn.ee
www.lindstrandtech.com