I'sn't the latex balloon likely to burst?
The supplied 17" balloons are remarkably burst
resistant provided that the inflation limit is not exceeded (see step
8 of the instructions). More care may be required at very high
altitudes (see related question).
Is the BalloonCraft strictly for home indoor use?
The remote control is unsuitable for outdoor use and
the risk of loosing the BalloonCraft is very high outdoors. Always
keep your BalloonCraft indoors and keep it clear from open doors and
windows, otherwise it may be drawn outside and lost! The remote
control is designed to operate effectively in rooms up to 20'X20'. To
avoid possible injury to others, never fly the BalloonCraft in an area
Why can't I control my BalloonCraft in a room with a big screen TV?
When flying in rooms with a large screen TV, the TV should be OFF so as to not interfere with the IR control of the BalloonCraft.
Will the BalloonCraft fly in high altitude locations
The 17" latex balloons included with BalloonCraft
are large enough to sustain the required buoyancy up to about 6000 ft.
However, the balloon will require inflation near the maximum point at
extreme altitudes. Be careful not to overfill as described in
step 8, and take extra care to protect the balloon from hitting sharp
objects, otherwise the balloon may burst. Consider substituting
a smaller size AAAA battery to reduce this risk.
How much helium is required?
The BalloonCraft requires 1.5 to 2.0 cuft of helium
depending on your altitude. The portable home helium tanks provided
with party kits come in 8.9, 12 and 14.9 cuft sizes. The larger
12 and 14.9 cuft sizes are most economical and priced between $20 -$30.
What is infrared control and how does it work?
The BalloonCraft uses Infrared (IR) Light Signals
rather than Radio Signals for wireless remote control. It works
just like your television remote. Infrared Control is ideally
suited for indoor microflight because the photo receiver is very small
and lightweight but also because the IR light is able to bounce off
the ceiling and walls. This means that a direct line of sight
with the BalloonCraft is not usually necessary, but for best range and
performance, avoid pointing the remote down toward the floor. For
instance, if the BalloonCraft moves out-of-sight behind a cabinet and
control is lost, point the controller toward the wall you would imagine
the signal could bounce off to reach the BalloonCraft. Typically
the ceiling is also a very good reflector, but floors usually are not
good reflectors, especially if carpeted.