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Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sat Nov 26, 2005 3:19 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4467766.stm
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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!

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[Edited 2005-11-26 07:20:49]
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RE: Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:15 pm

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

Congrats to Mr. Singhania
 
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RE: Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:36 pm

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****
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RE: Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sat Nov 26, 2005 9:57 pm

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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RE: Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sat Nov 26, 2005 10:04 pm

Fantastic Achievement.Considering his Age.
Another Feather in his cap.
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RE: Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:30 am

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.
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RE: Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sun Nov 27, 2005 1:13 am

Quoting Aseem (Reply 5):
London to Mumbai.

you are correct.
 
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RE: Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sun Nov 27, 2005 3:19 am

Shouldn't he be in in the aviation business?
 
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RE: Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sun Nov 27, 2005 3:21 am

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.
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RE: Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sun Nov 27, 2005 5:33 am

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?
 
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RE: Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sun Nov 27, 2005 6:38 am

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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RE: Indian Tycoon Sets Balloon Altitude Record

Sun Nov 27, 2005 4:59 pm

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

The Helicopter altitude is not known.Probably lower.
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