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Rather than have the pilot haul the whole vent down and away from the hole as in a conventional parachute vent, the unique rigging system allows the edge of the vent panel to curl in towards the center of the balloon so that the pilot can easily dump lift with the minimum of effort. Release the vent line and the LITE VENT panel reseats automatically.
A bigger vent for a faster stop - The LITE VENT allows for a much larger vent to be fitted to our bigger ride balloons so they stop faster and are easier to land in smaller spots. With the introduction of the Lite Vent, operators are finding they can move to larger balloons, previously too difficult to land in congested landing areas.
Lite Vent - Parachute operation
Still fast to open - The centre pull operates just like a SMART VENT for those fast landings, drawing the vent into the center of the hole and rapidly uncovering the deflation port. Of course if you change your mind, the LITE VENT can be resealed again.
A positive close - The system also has a closing line which can force the LITE VENT panel into the closed position either during inflation or flight - no other deflation system gives you this convenience or safety.
As with the SMART VENT, there are no mechanical locks or pins. Just tab the LITE VENT in as normal and you on your way.
Venting in fast climbs? No problems - For the design of our high performance competition balloon, the EX-65, we included a version of the LITE VENT to enable the positive closure of the vent.
With climb speeds in excess of 1600 feet per minute, the LITE VENT enables the pilot to safely vent without the risk of a floating vent or displacement of the vent due to turbulence. A little pressure on the closing line and the vent is held solid and closed.
Due to the ease of use and effectiveness of the parachute action on such a small balloon, the center pull is not fitted to the EX-65.
SMART VENT and LITE VENT are registered trade marks of KAVANAGH BALLOONS Pty. Ltd
Patents granted for the SMART VENT are as follows:
Australian Patent No. 656118, U.S. Patent No. 5,584,449, European Patent No. 0671322
Patents granted for the LITE VENT are as follows:
Australian Patent No. 752784, Patents are pending in Europe and the US
For further information regarding licencing of the SMART VENT or LITE VENT
please contact us.