IRVINE, CA (Dec. 19, 2015): The iconic Great Park Balloon will be back in the air Saturday following the completion of scheduled repairs that grounded it in September. Hours of operation for the Balloon are Thursday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.; closed Monday-Wednesday.
As part of a recent routine inspection, a delaminated panel was found at the top of the Balloon. Experts from the Balloon manufacturer, Aeromobile, examined the panel on Sept. 23 and determined the Balloon was not fit for passenger flight due to the deterioration of the fabric. Continue reading