Captain Ron K. Miller - an FAA Certified Commercial pilot since 1983 - is standing outside on a Bluebird January morning at his dedicated balloon launch port at La Mariposa Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The huge wicker and stainless steel hot air balloon basket next to to him contains two blue rectangular tubs. Floating on top of each tub's 100 gallons of water are 435 multi-colored ping pong balls working as an insulating layer to keep the water hot. He is extolling the virtues of super insulation on all other sides of the tubs and maintaining 104F temperature for an hour without adding more hot water. “When you're relaxing in a hot tub the temperature of the water is critical” he explains. “Above 104F it feels too hot for most folks – and below 101F it can feel on the cool side”
Ron is chatting about the world's very first hot tubs on board a hot air balloon, an FAA Certified Aircraft. When asked why two tubs instead of one, Ron laughs and with a grin says: “Go big or go home, and this way a couple can each have their own private tub if desired – just like on the Cialis TV commercials!”
Our computer controlled instant hot water heater and 250 gallons of spring water. We can fill TWO hot tubs with 100 gallons of 104F hot water in SEVEN minutes!