Air Buoy Marks Location of Field (Jul, 1930)

Air Buoy Marks Location of Field

Suggested as a means of enabling fog-bound pilots to locate the position of landing fields, the floating air buoy above has won the approval of veteran airmen. A plane flying above the cloud or fog strata sights the captive balloon bearing the name of the airport, learns of conditions by reading large-dialed instruments suspended from the balloon, and is enabled to make a safe landing in spite of the fog.

7 comments
  1. Rick Auricchio says: March 22, 200910:54 pm

    If there are strong winds, the cable will be at an angle, which creates a huge danger.

    The cloud layer must always be thin enough for the balloon to fly above.

    And, finally, a pilot entering instrument conditions (with no visual references) inside the cloud will often lose control of the aircraft. This idea precedes modern instrument flight.

  2. fred says: March 23, 20098:21 am

    their now attempting this in Yonkers by inflating discarded pairs of Rosie O’Donnell’s underwear.

  3. Eli says: March 23, 20092:18 pm

    Suggested, but fortunately not implemented…

  4. Mike says: March 23, 20097:16 pm

    Fred, at least the smell would keep the birds away.

  5. Randy says: March 24, 20098:50 pm

    I would almost risk that fog for the chance to fly in a Sikorski S-38.

  6. Jari says: March 25, 20092:17 pm

    Radio direction finders were invented in thirties, so balloons would have been obsolete very soon anyway.

  7. Jose / Sandglass Patrol says: April 10, 20094:54 pm

    It looks more than WII anti-aircrafts balloons than a useful buoy for low visibility navigation to airports

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