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  • I had this idea, tell me if it's crazy.

    OK Hiker lost in the woods, or small plane goes down. Now how can a plane
    or chopper, that can not see, the ground, for the trees,
    find you in a big forest? To rescue you.

    Here is my IDEA.

    Mylar balloon (silver) like party supply have.

    Small cylinder of helium ( like CO2 used in BB gun)

    200 ft. of fishing line. Sold in a pack all together.

    small screw valve to pierce cylinder, inflate balloon.

    tie on fishing line, let it go, above tree tops, so people looking for you,

    can find you, even if they can't see, the ground for the forest.

    OK now tell me it's bad idea. LOL What do you think?

    Buttset from Mo.

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    Re: I had this idea, tell me if it's crazy.

    SAR can use UAV drone with thermal imaging.
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    • #3
      Re: I had this idea, tell me if it's crazy.

      Mike, your idea sounds simple enough, so I think it should well. Balloon, Co2 and fishing line will be lite, easy to pack and economical.
      Great idea!!
      My only suggestion would be instead of a silver balloon maybe it should be in the color of Hi-Vis green or orange.
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      • #4
        Re: I had this idea, tell me if it's crazy.

        People get lost in the desert and other places. So this should work.

        But I know they are some smart people here. Can helium be put into small co2 like container?
        OK to carry in your pack. Is it affected by heat or cold. I know balloon can be folded small.
        So all together this can be made into small package. Should not cost too much.

        Who do I share this idea with 'Outside" "Backpacker" magazine?

        Buttset from Mo.

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        • #5
          Re: I had this idea, tell me if it's crazy.

          there ya go...https://www.gas-depot.com/95cc-helium-cylinder
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