The balloon event by David Blaine is happening! In fact, it’s happening this morning. With final approval from the FAA, David will attempt to float above Arizona today,strapped to helium balloons. See below for the livestream on Youtube.
In a statement to The Republic, the agency said, “The FAA is working closely with David Blaine and his team to ensure that the proposed flight meets all regulatory requirements. The FAA will closely monitor the flight and will provide air traffic services as needed.” “Ascension” was years in the making. Blaine’s goal is to reach 18,000 feet above the ground, and he has to put on his parachute pack in mid-air. “If there’s a catastrophic balloon failure partway up, David comes crashing down to Earth,” a narrator said in a promotional YouTube video for the event. “This groundbreaking (research and discovery) flight will be done for the first time right here in Arizona, which is the most beautiful backdrop that I’ve ever seen in my life,” Blaine said in an Instagram video. “I want to grab a bunch of balloons and go floating all the way up into the sky until I almost disappear.” Blaine had to obtain a hot air balloon pilot certificate and a skydiving license on top of learning how to read the wind, he said in a video. The original plan was to soar across the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York City, but due to its complexity, Blaine announced last weekend that he was moving it to Arizona. Fans can watch “Ascension” at 9am EST. Weather permitting.