Note: As of July 2005, BBJ is available on CD-ROM.
Even though BBJ is no longer available in print, Bob LeDoux has re-published
every back-issue of
BBJ on CD-ROM,
including some additional material. You can purchase the CD-ROM via
Bob LeDoux's website.
The Balloon Builders' Journal is a technical newsletter dedicated to the
exchange of ideas between builders and pilots of experimental sport
balloons that was published five times per year between 1993 and 1999.
The Bob LeDoux started the Journal when he was struck by the lack of
information about balloon building and the absence of communication
between balloon builders. LeDoux transitioned from amateur
sailplane construction, which has an ample information base, to
balloon construction for which very little is written. When LeDoux
started his first envelope construction project in 1986, most of his
information was gathered from the repair manuals issued by various
balloon factories. The Balloon Builders' Journal was introduced to
fill that informational void and to help ensure that reasonable
minimum safety standards are shared among experimental enthusiasts.
Past issues of the Balloon Builders' Journal have covered a wide range of
topics. Subjects have included ammonia gas ballooning, the design of custom
envelopes, reports on individual building projects, design and building of
replacement envelopes, construction of a custom burner system, homebuilt
special shapes, lightweight balloons, the design of low cost, low effort
systems, as well as ultralight aircraft. Finally, a report on the EBAA's annual
Experimental Balloon and Airship Meet
has been included every year since the event's origination in 1994, describing
new creations and innovative ideas presented there.
The Balloon Builders' Journal was published by Bob LeDoux five or six times
per year for approximately five years until 1999. As of early 1999, Bob LeDoux
decided to cease publication of BBJ with Issue No. 28 in order to
dedicate more time to his family and flying. An effort is under way to
re-publish back issues online at the
Balloon Building Homepage.
|Warning! Materials and ideas listed here are in part
unproven and may be hazardous to use in the construction and
operation of experimental hot air balloons and airships. Building
and flying experimental aircraft involves significant risk and
may lead to serious injury or death. Always obtain professional advice
when building or flying human-carrying balloons and airships!