Pibal Accessories & Historical Items
This page contains information and links to suppliers of balloons
fillers and accessories used in pibal ascents as well as pages with interesting
items no longer available such as specialized slide rules and plotting boards.
Special Note on Balloons:
Balloon Comparisons: After 60 years of production Kaysam the only US
manufacturer of meteorological balloons has ceased production. As a result
the only manufacturer high quality meteorological balloons is Totex of
Japan. These balloons have a high manufacturing quality, however their
neck sizes may be different than stocks of Kaysam balloons that were in
use by various users. For some users this will require a change in
nozzle injectors or nozzles. See balloon size comparison pages
for 10 gram and 30
Balloon Fillers and Weights Sets:
Information about weight sets and gasses used to prepare pilot balloons. Also Hydrogen generators.
Pilot Balloon Slide Rules
A series of Pilot Balloon Slide rules were produced to the specifications of the
Meteorological Office of the United Kingdom. 4 models are represented
Pilot Balloon Plotting Boards
Photos instructions for use of a 24" square graphing board for converting
observations into wind speed direction data. Also images of U.S.N. 1981 Plotting
Board and Weather Bureau, Winds Aloft Plotting Baord.
Pilot Balloon Lighting Unit (Viz Manufacturing)
I don't know if they are still made by this Manufacturer. Similar water activated
units are still available through Novalynx above.
Suppliers Balloons and Inflation Kits:
Scientific Sales is a
distributor of Consumer and Industrial Weather Products. They have some pages on
Meteorological Balloons (Totex). The pages include Specifications with Balloon Weight, Free lift,
Inflation Volume, and the all important Ascent Rate.
is the largest supplier of Totex Meteorological Balloons to U.S. government, educational,
and commercial institutions. Balloons produced with the spun mold
process. They market balloons in all of the standard
sizes. The pages include Specifications with Balloon Weight, Free lift, Inflation
Volume, and the all important Ascent Rate.
in 30 and 100 gram sizes. Also note the balloon inflation kit on
this site. This page also has information on meteorological devices for measuring
came into existence in 1987 as a solution provider in Computer Applications. The main
objective was to be distinguished from the Box Movers. Over the period of time the company
has grown to market a diverse group of products and services One of the product
lines they market is meteorological Balloons. (Totex)
Novalynx Meteorological Instruments and
Systems, markets a wide variety of meteorological equipment, including theodolites,
clinometers, balloons, and lighting units.