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Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record  
User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 41
Posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4467766.stm
http://www.mi70k.com/

Indian businessman Vijaypat Singhania has flown a hot air balloon to 70,000 feet, some 5,000 feet higher than the previous altitude record. His balloon is now on descent for a landing north-east of Mumbai. It certainly sounds like a great achievement. I think it is a great thing to see this coming from a country where aviation is expected to develop in leaps and bounds over the coming years - hopefully this will spark even more interest in all fields of aeronautics in India.

I particularly like what he is quoted as saying: "The father of Indian aviation, JRD Tata used to say, 'You don't have to be crazy to get in to aviation, but it helps'... you could say the same for me,". I think it sums up the universal fascination we have with aviation, and how it does become a great (and positive) obsession for all who get involved with it.

Congratulations to Mr Singhania and his team on this achievement!

V/F

[Edited 2005-11-26 07:20:49]


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User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2892 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

Landed about 30 mins ago ,saw it on the news.

Congrats to Mr. Singhania


User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2971 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

Now, knowing Mr Singhania, he ain't resting on his laurels. I'm sure he'll try to either up this record or try something even weirder.
But, you gotta admit at 69, the man's got a lot of b****
Congrats to him!



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3257 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Quoting Cricket (Reply 2):
But, you gotta admit at 69, the man's got a lot of b****

Completely agree here - this is a great achievement! Good luck to him on his future aviation endeavours



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

Fantastic Achievement.Considering his Age.
Another Feather in his cap.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineAseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

this is not his first, he has some sort of record in micro-light as well. I think he flew in it all the way from London to Mumbai. Somebody please crosscheck.
rgds
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User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

Quoting Aseem (Reply 5):
London to Mumbai.

you are correct.


User currently offlineLaxdesi From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 48
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

Shouldn't he be in in the aviation business?

User currently offlineAseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

Quoting Laxdesi (Reply 7):
Shouldn't he be in in the aviation business?

one of their ventures was in tire industry, not sure if they had product for aviation market.
rgds
VT-ASJ



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User currently offlineArt From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 3382 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1838 times:

From the BBC link:

"A helicopter carrying a technical team followed the balloon closely and was in constant touch with Mr Singhania throughout the flight."

69.000 ft. Sounds wrong. Helicopter altitude record too?


User currently offlineAseem From India, joined Feb 2005, 2046 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

Quoting Art (Reply 9):
A helicopter carrying a technical team followed the balloon closely and was in constant touch with Mr Singhania throughout the flight."

they could be at different levels..



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1710 times:

Quoting Art (Reply 9):
69.000 ft. Sounds wrong. Helicopter altitude record too?

The Helicopter altitude is not known.Probably lower.
regds
MEL



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