Glossary "H"

Handling Line

A line, usually 1/4- to 1/2-inch rope, attached to a balloon envelope or basket, used by the pilot or ground crew to assist in the ground handling, inflation, landing, and deflation of a balloon.


Propane-fueled device to heat air inside the envelope of a balloon, often referred to as a burner.



A light, inert gaseous chemical element mainly found as a natural gas in the southwestern United States. Used to inflate gas balloons and pilot balloons.


The lightest of all gaseous elements. Commonly used in Europe for inflating gas balloons. Flammable by itself and explosive when mixed with oxygen. As opposed to helium, hydrogen is easily manufactured.


Hydrostatic Testing

A method of testing propane cylinders wherein the cylinder is filled with water and pressurized.


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