Up, Up and Away — For Real

The recent animated film Up featured the story of a man who lifted his entire house aloft with a cluster of toy balloons. Total fantasy. But believe it or not, there is an FAA category for flying with clusters of individual balloons, and that category landed one pilot on the cover of the June issue of EAA's Sport Aviation magazine. For a two-minute video look at his unusual form of flying, click here.

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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