Super FMG in Gatineau
SUPER FMG is a mascot, an inflatable, a mini hot air balloon, a very large hot air balloon and, most of all, the icon of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival!
This unusual superhero is unique from several points of view. For one thing, it is the first project in the history of hot air balloons to have been made by two companies known by everyone in the world of hot air balloons: Marcos Bonimcontro of RVB Balloons (Sao Paolo, Brazil) designed it, and Cameron Balloons (Bristol, England) built it.
Chronology of the creation of a Superhero
It takes time to create a special shape hot air balloon. The following are some of the highlights in the case of SUPER FMG :
|January 7||Invitations to tender sent to four world-renowned hot air balloon manufacturers|
|February 1||Receipt of the call for tenders|
|February 3||Announcement of the successful bid|
|February 21||Submission of the final mock-ups from six different angles|
|February 25||Agreement confirmed with Brazil’s RVB and Great Britain’s Cameron. RVB designed and drew the engineering plans for the balloon, and Cameron built it according to its certification standards|
|March 1||RVB starts the technical and engineering drawings|
|March 8 to 11||Meetings with RVB, Cameron and the Festival at Cameron’s offices in Great Britain to finalize the agreements, purchases and technical discussions related to March 22 - Completion of the technical and engineering drawings by RVB|
|April 21||Start of construction of SUPER FMG by Cameron|
|April 30||Confirmation of the craft`s serial number|
|May 26||Completion of the construction of SUPER FMG|
|June 1||First test inflation in Bristol, Great Britain|
|June 3||Start of the adjustments based on the test|
|June 21||Second and last inflation test and first flight of SUPER FMG in Bristol, Great Britain|
|June 24||Completion of the final adjustments|
|July 8||Departure from Bristol, Great Britain|
|July 9||Arrival in Montréal, Canada|
|July 15||Arrival in Gatineau, Canada|
|July 17||Technical inflation in Canada|
|July 22||First official inflation of SUPER FMG in Parc de la Baie, Gatineau|
|September 3 to 6||First appearance of SUPER FMG at the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival|
An impressive special Shape
Volume : 122 300 cubic foot
Length : 19,6 m
Height : 20,7 m
Weight : 217 kg
Altogether, 2,675 m of cloth and 26.75 km of thread were used to make its 1,264 panels.
SUPER FMG fly-bys
Check this page from time to time to find out when the SUPER FMG will be flying by!