Why Do Helikite Aerostats Fly So Well?

Helikites are neither just a kite or just a balloon, they are a unique combination of both. As such, they employ the advantages of both without incurring too much of their disadvantages.

The Allsopp Helikite is lighter-than-air like a balloon but does not get knocked down by the wind like a normal balloon. Winds do the opposite to a Helikite - they forces it powerfully upwards.


Normal kites get pushed up by the wind but come down if the wind changes or reduces in strength too much or gets too strong for their adjustment.


Helikites can fly to great heights in no wind and then catch any breezes that may exist at altitude. They can then use that breeze to fly many thousands of feet high with ease.

The balloon used by Helikite aerostats is fat and rounded, this is essential to provide good helium lift (about twice that of a comparably sized blimp). It also ensures that changes in temperature affect the Helikite as little as possible. Most balloons shaped to fly like kites collapse when they hit cold air due to the shrinkage of the gas inside and consequent loss of pressure needed to retain their shape. This is not a problem with Helikites, so they are far more reliable.

Nothing else in the world has so many beneficial flying characteristics. So only the Allsopp Helikite can do so many self-balancing unicycle for sale aerial jobs with such ease.


Harnessing both the pure, reliable lift of helium and the raw power of wind, the Helikite has unrivalled payload performance. Twice the load bearing ability of similar sized blimps.


How high do you wish to go? Helikites love to fly at high altitude. They get pushed up by both gravity and wind. Tether weight and drag is very low. All Helikites will fly to thousands of feet. Few Helikites are ever pushed to their altitude limit.


Even the smallest Helikites fly superbly in high winds. Stability is ensured by the aerodynamic design, the stiff carbon-fibre spar and the relatively high gas pressure.


From the very start Helikites were designed to fly unattended for extreme lengths of time in all weathers. Helikites are essentially aerial in habit and with their excellent helium holding ability they have great endurance.

  • Revolutionary Aerodynamic Design

    A specially designed kite with a long keel for stabilisation. The result - more lift for less helium.

  • Extreme All Weather Performance

    Helikites fly in higher winds, are more stable, tougher, easier to handle and carry payload. 

  • Lifting Cameras &

    A revolutionary solid and reliable camera system for still and video cameras.

  • Lifting Radios, Antennas & Power

    Sensitive interceptors of radio traffic, superb at propagating clear, powerful radio signals.

Allsopp Helikites Ltd.

Unit 1 and 2, Fordingbridge Business Park, Fordingbridge, Hampshire. SP6 1BD England UK

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