The Desjardins lift-offs

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Look up and enjoy the sight of the blaze of a thousand lights! No, it is not a rainbow, just dozens of dazzling hot air balloons lighting up the sky over Gatineau’s parc de la Baie! In order to make the show even more magical, the famous Sax Appeal quartet will provide the musical accompaniment for the morning lift-offs!

The Desjardins lift-offs are weather dependent.

From Saturday to Monday at 6:30 am and from Thursday to Monday at 6:30 pm. 

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!

2018 PARTICIPATING HOT AIR BALLOONS

Special Shapes

Super FMG

Super FMG
Sébastien Poupart
Quebec, Canada

Piranha

Piranha
Marcos Antonio Bonimcontro
Sao Paulo, Brasil

Regular Shapes

Desjardins

Desjardins
Louis Lafrance
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
Martin Grégoire
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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