Jakarta – Wild traditional air balloons again disrupt flight safety. On the first day of Lebaran this year, there were 28 reports of pilots who saw balloons at varying heights.
“Yesterday on the first day of Eid, we got 28 pilot reporters who saw hot air balloons and endangered flight safety. We appealed to the public not to fly wild balloons, because it is very dangerous to flight safety,” said Director of AirNav Indonesia, Novie Riyanto, in a statement Beritasatu.com received on Thursday (6/6/2019).
As is known in a number of areas in Central and East Java there is a habit of flying air balloons during Shawwal. To accommodate this, the Ministry of Transportation (Ministry of Transportation) has issued PM Number 40 of 2018 concerning the Use of Air Balloons in Community Cultural Activities.
At PM 40, a traditional hot air balloon may be flown with the condition that it is tethered with a maximum rope of 125 meters from the ground, the maximum balloon size is 4 meters in diameter and 7 meters in height. In addition, every balloon flight activity must ask permission from the airport authority and the local government.
Novie said, AirNav had already been socializing to areas that have the habit of flying balloons.
“Every year we socialize, this year during the past Ramadan we disseminated to Wonosobo, Pekalongan Regency, Pekalongan City, Batang Regency, to Ponorogo, East Java,” explained Novi.
AirNav’s socialization was carried out through various methods, from sub-districts, balloon communities, religious leaders to schools. In fact, AirNav will hold the Java Balon Festival 2019 in Pekalongan and Wonosobi next week.
“As part of an effort to promote air balloons that are safe and in accordance with the provisions of PM 40 in 2018, we hold balloon festivals. This is the second after the previous year we held. The aim is that people no longer fly wild balloons, but at this festival,” explained Novie.