Tethered HiFlyer Balloon Plans In Southampton

February 12, 2018 | 18 Comments

According to Department of Planning documents, View Bermuda Limited is planning a “HiFlyer Tethered Balloon” initiative in Southampton, which will carry up to 30 people some 400 ft above sea level.

According to the Department of Planning Development Applications Board [PDF], the proposed initiative will be located on Sea Express Lane, immediately east of the Rockaway Ferry Dock in Southampton, and will also include a ticket booth as well as parking for six cars and 16 bikes.

Stock photo via the Lindstrand HiFlyer website:

hiflyer balloon

The planning document said [PDF], “View Bermuda Ltd. Sea Express Lane immediately East of Rockaway Ferry Dock, Southampton. Proposed New HiFlyer Tethered Balloon, Container Shack & Ticket Booth.

“Maximum Capacity 30 people. Maximum Height 400 ft above mean sea level. Retaining wall with a Maximum Height of 5 ft. Parking for 6 Cars and 16 Bikes.”

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  1. LONG LIVE says:

    This article is a Breath of fresh air, finally something new…i’m sure OJ will still have something ignorant to say though.

  2. Stinky D. says:

    I think this is a great idea

  3. Rocky5 says:

    ATVs, NOW THIS, WHAT IS HAPPENING TO BERMUDA!! Are we actually starting to think outside the box!!

  4. Cranberry says:

    Waiting for the privacy complaints…

  5. sounds like a great idea says:

    the views will be stunning!

    Best of luck with this initiative!

  6. Triangle Drifter says:

    Go for it. Not a new idea for Bermuda. During the 70s somebody had plans to do the same thing from a Spanish Point location. Whoever it was must have found it unfeasable because it never happened.

    As one who has attended the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival a little knowledge has been gained on the subject. They don’t even fly if the wind is over 10kts. A balloon capable of carrying only 4 people is a very big thing. The windage on a balloon, even a small 4 passenger one, is something is something incredible. Have assisted in landing a few. It takes some doing to stop them & hold them till the envelope is deflated. Can’t imagine what it will take to anchor & winch something capable of carrying 20 people in even 10kts of wind. Seen the commercial ones that carry at least 10 people. The envelopes are huge.

    Respectfully this sounds like a grand idea but, like a few other wild ideas attempted before, bungey jumping, 2 person hovercraft, submarine, it is not going to fly.

  7. Hmmm says:

    I could be wrong… but, isn’t immediately east of the ferry dock in in the sound? Not a great place to park a car…

  8. David says:

    It is a Helium balloon, not hot air.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Yes the picture certainly is of a helium balloon, however another story about it says hot air. Anyones guess which it is. My bets would be on hot air. Much easier to inflate & deflate.

  9. Sage says:

    Can we send Tweed and Furbert up for a turn?

  10. puzzled says:

    Good luck.

    Ps.
    Triangle, keep drifting.

  11. I read numbers says:

    Imagine the views…there’s one of these in Bournemouth…I’m too chicken to go up…

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