Special Shape Hot Air Balloons

SPECIAL SHAPE HOT AIR BALLOONS

We operate the largest fleet of special shape hot air balloons in Canada. Available for bookings worldwide.

 

MY DEERLING

MyDeerling is the newest creation to come out of the Bard Balloons workshop here in Ottawa, Canada. It is the first of two complementary Canadian animal Special Shape Hot Air Balloons - both designed in a "Hello Kitty" style. The second balloon is coming soon!

Built over the winter and spring of 2019, MyDeerling first flew in the summer of 2019, has attended some festivals in Canada - and will be going on a World tour in 2020.

As with all our Special Shape Hot Air Balloons, it is made of lightweight fabric, but this one uses specially designed (just for us) custom-dyed diamond-weave fabric, with the colors being picked specifically for this project. The lightweight fabric makes it much lighter than a regular special shape (105 kg envelope) and the entire system fits on one small skid for easy international transportation. It only requires a small team of 5 crew, and can take two (2) VIPs on each flight. As with all our Special Shapes, the lightweight fabric makes it glow well during “night glows”.
MyDeerling contains:
  • 1,600 yards (1,463 m) of fabric
  • 1 kilometer of webbing
  • 10 kilometers of thread
And it has a:
  • Total Volume: 80,000 cubic feet (2,265 cu m)
  • Total Height: 97 feet (30 m)
  • Total Width: 90 feet (27 m)
  • Length of Antlers: 30 feet (9 m)
To follow its adventures worldwide, visit the Bard Balloons Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/bardballoon/

ALIEN ROCKET SPECIAL SHAPE BALLOON

The Alien Rocket was the first balloon out of the Bard Balloons workshop. Alain Bard always wanted to be an astronaut, so when he decided to build his first special shape hot air balloon, he decided it had to be a rocket ship!  The Alien Rocket Special Shape Balloon was completed in 2016 and has been a super-successful shape, flying in over 7 countries to date. Kids and adults, boys and girls, everyone loves the Alien Rocket. It somehow ignites childhood dreams whenever and wherever it flies.

It is made of lightweight fabric which makes it much lighter than a regular special shape (95 kg envelope), and the entire system fits on one small skid for easy international transportation. It only requires a small team of 5 local crew, and can take one (1) VIP on each flight. The volume, weight and size were all carefully calculated to makes it easy to handle, one that is almost guaranteed to come out of the bag, unlike some other shapes that are a little more involved.
The Alien Rocket contains:
  • 1,500 yards (1,380 m) of fabric
  • 1 kilometer of webbing
  • 10 kilometers of thread
And it has a:
  • Total Volume: 65,000 cubic feet (1,980 cu m)
  • Total Height: 93 feet (29 m)
The lightweight fabric and the fact that it uses fluorescent fabric make it glow well during “night glows”.
To follow its adventures worldwide, visit the Alien Rocket Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/alienrocket

GONE WHELAN

Coming out of the Whelan workshop in 2017, we completed Gone Whelan - and no, it's not a typo!

With a volume of 105,000 cu ft, and with very complex patterning to get the whale body shape, this Special Shape Hot Air Balloon is the most ambitious project we have attempted to date, and took the better part of a full year to complete. Every vertical gore has a different set of patterns and it has very complex internal structure.

Made with custom-dyed, lightweight diamond-weave fabric, you will likely never see another balloon in this very special teal color.

Gone Whelan has made some successful appearances all over Canada in 2017 and is available for bookings worldwide.

Bunch of Bees

BUNCH OF BEES SPECIAL SHAPE BALLOON

The Bunch of Bees Special Shape Hot Air Balloon, affectionately known as "BoB", was built and contructed here in Ottawa, Canada, and was completed in 2013. It was the first Special Shape Hot Air Balloon to come out of the Whelan workshop.

BoB is a tribute to Bees, and the plight of bees in our world, and BoB it is a a representation of a hive with 6 bees. The Bunch of Bees balloon took over 1500 hours to complete, and has a main envelope volume of 105,000 cubic feet. It was one of the first-ever special shapes built in the world using lightweight fabric.

It continues to make successful appearances in Canada and the USA in the last few years, and is available for bookings.

QUEEN BEELOON SPECIAL SHAPE BALLOON

After the Bunch of Bees balloon was completed, one of our female pilots wanted her own complementary Bee-themed Balloon, so in asking the question: What’s at the core of beehive? the only answer is a Queen Bee, of course. This Special Shape Balloon is just that - a Queen Bee, also know as QUEEN BEELOON.  She wanted the Queen Bee to be very feminine – so it was constructed with eyelashes and red lips, and a crown with jewels.

This balloon was also completed in 2013 (just after BoB) out of the Whelan workshop, is also made out of lightweight fabric, has made several successful appearances in Canada and the USA in the last few years, and is available for bookings.

Firing up the Queen Bee

YUYU THE PENGUIN AND TIKI THE FISH

In 2014, we completed 2 add-on special shape balloons.

The registration marks for these 2 balloons came in as C-GYTK and C-GYUU, so during construction, C-GYTK became known as Tiki, and C-GYUU became known as YuYu.

So here we have YUYU the Penguin, and TIKI the Fish, both 77,000 cubic foot envelopes, and made of lightweight fabric, with add-ons.

YUYU the Penguin has made one very successful international appearance in Taiwan in 2015, and both balloons have made several Canadian appearances over the last few years.

They are both available for bookings.

SHE'S A HOOT!

SHE'S A HOOT! is another lightweight 77,000 cubic foot add-on special shape balloon we completed in 2015.

It continues to make appearances all over Canada, and is available for bookings.