Director’s page of 19th Czech National Hot Air Balloon Championship 2015

19th Czech National Hot Air Balloon Championship 2015, Radesín, 05-09/08/201519th Czech National Hot Air Balloon Championship 2015
Radesín, 05-09/08/2015

 

Pilots

1 Měřínský Pavel OK-3366 SATAN CZE
2 Kostrhun Pavel OK-2667 Renč CZE
3 Kubíček Petr OK-0900 KUBÍČEK CZE
4 Línek David OK-0055 DLNK CZE
5 Habán Tomáš OK-2083 HABALON RACER CZE
6 Szabolcs Garab HA-777 EXTREME RACER HUN
7 Kerschbaumer Juergen OE-RPP PFIZI-PFEIL AUT
8 Almer Johann OE-RJA PUCHER RACER AUT
9 Dillinger Pavel OK-4021 E-on CZE
10 Suchý Michael OK-0883 Kubíček DEMO CZE
11 Suchý Jan OK-2014 DHL Express XR CZE
12 Bareford David EC-LIR BLUE BIRD GBR
13 Bareford Dominik EC-JBF GBR
14 Slonek Lubor OK-7160 SLON CZE
15 Červený Kamil OK-6411 GLOBAL CZE
16 Kubát Michal OK-3008 KAŠPÁREK CZE
17 Škorpík Miloslav OK-9003 Faster CZE
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19 Munz Benedict D-OSBJ YOUTHBALLON DEU
20 Fokken Jan PH-TIR NLD
21 Derganc Michaela OE-SUN PAPAGENO AUT
22 Kalafut Martin OM-4045 VSETÍN SVK
23 Gomboš Pavol OM-4004 MATADOR SVK
24 Hora Tomáš OK-0907 ZÁMEK GER
25 Schoon Thomas OE-STT TOM TURBO AUT

Schedule

Wednesday, 5th August

  • 10,00 – 11,00 Registration of the teams I.
  • 13,00 – 14,30 Registration of the teams II.
  • 15,00 General briefing
  • 18,00 First competition flight

Thursday, 6th August

  • 5,00 Second competition flight
  • 14,00 – 17,00 sport games
  • 18,00 Third competition flight

Friday, 7th August

  • 5,00 Forth competition flight
  • 14,00 – 17,00 Hunting the golden treasure II.
  • 18,00 Fifth competition flight

Saturday, 8th August

  • 5,00 Sixth competition flight
  • 18,00 seventh competition flight
  • Awards ceremony
  • Final party

Sunday, 9th August

  • Free flight
  • Or a reserve competition flight and the Awards ceremony
  • Teams departure

Antal Notheisz passed away

Notheisz Antal passed away

Antal Notheisz

It is with great regret that we must inform you that Antal Notheisz, well known as the founder of the Notheisz Balloon Ltd, passed away on 9th July 2015.

He and his company produced hundreds of hot air balloons from 1980. These balloons flew many countries in Europe and some of them was the first hot air balloon in few countries.

We present our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to his grief-stricken Family and to his friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Director’s page of XXXVII Spanish National Hot Air Balloon Championship & XV International “Crianza de Rioja” Hot Air Balloon Trophy

Spanish Hot Air Balloon Nationals 2015XXXVII Spanish National Hot Air Balloon Championship &
XV International “Crianza de Rioja” Hot Air Balloon Trophy
26th Wednesday to Sunday 30th August 2015,
Haro (La Rioja)

 

Pilots

  1. Ricardo Aracil
  2. Iván Ayala
  3. Valentín Carbajo
  4. Jordi Rodríguez
  5. Xavi Aguilera
  6. Blai Carbonell
  7. Josep María Lladó
  8. Neus Lladó
  9. Jordi Díaz
  10. Óscar Portillo
  11. Carles Figueras
  12. Daniel Tarno
  13. Javier Tarno
  14. Pere Miquel Revetllat
  15. Cristian Biosca
  16. Dominic Bareford
  17. Carles Lladó

Schedule (tentative)

Wednesday 26th August

  • 16:00 – 17:30 Pilot’s Registration at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 20:00 General Briefing. We’ll read the Competition Rules
  • 22:00 Welcome Dinner at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”

Thursday 27th August

  • 6:30 Breakfast at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 7:15 Task Briefing at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 8:00 1st Competition Flight
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Gas Refuelling
  • 13:00 Meal at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 19:00 Task Briefing
  • 19:30 2nd Competition Flight
  • 21:00 – 21:30 Gas Refuelling
  • 22:00 Dinner

Friday 28th August

  • 6:30 Breakfast at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 7:15 Task Briefing at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 8:00 3rd Competition Flight
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Gas Refuelling
  • 13:00 Meal at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 19:00 Task Briefing
  • 19:30 4th Competition Flight
  • 21:00 – 21:30 Gas Refuelling
  • 22:00 Dinner

Saturday 29th August

  • 6:30 Breakfast at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 7:15 Task Briefing at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 8:00 5th Competition Flight
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Gas Refueling
  • 13:00 Meal at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 19:00 Task Briefing
  • 19:30 6th Competition Flight
  • 21:00 – 21:30 Gas Refuelling
  • 22:00 Dinner Sunday

30th August

  • 6:30 Breakfast at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 7:15 Task Briefing at “Hotel Ciudad de Haro”
  • 8:00 7th Competition Flight
  • 13:00 Prize giving and farewell brunch

Auguste Piccard made his first balloon altitude record 85 years ago

Auguste Piccard and Paul Kipfer

Paul Kipfer and August Piccard prepare to enter the stratosphere in a pressurized gondola lifted by a hydrogen filled balloon on May 27th, 1931.1

In 1930, an interest in ballooning, and a curiosity about the upper atmosphere led him to design a spherical, pressurized aluminum gondola that would allow ascent to great altitude without requiring a pressure suit. Supported by the Belgian Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) Piccard constructed his gondola.

An important motivation for his research in the upper atmosphere were measurements of cosmic radiation, which were supposed to give experimental evidence for the theories of Albert Einstein, whom Piccard knew from the Solvay conferences and who was a fellow alumnus of ETH.

Auguste Piccard in 1932

Auguste Piccard in 1932

On 27 May 1931, Auguste Piccard and Paul Kipfer took off from Augsburg, Germany, and reached a record altitude of 15,781 m (51,775 ft). (FAI Record File Number 10634) During this flight, Piccard was able to gather substantial data on the upper atmosphere, as well as measure cosmic rays. On 18 August 1932, launched from Dübendorf, Switzerland, Piccard and Max Cosyns made a second record-breaking ascent to 16,201 m (53,153 ft). (FAI Record File Number 6590) He ultimately made a total of twenty-seven balloon flights, setting a final record of 23,000 m (75,459 ft)

 

 

Two world records by Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev

The Two Eagles balloon team is pleased to report the Two Eagles balloon has landed safely just off the Baja coast near La Poza Grande. The pilots made a controlled descent to a gentle water landing about four miles off the Baja coast. The balloon is stable and still inflated and the pilots are fine.

Two Eagles balloon team trck

Winds at the lower levels turned parallel to the coast, which made it more prudent for the pilots to execute a landing in the water. Mexican authorities are cooperating fully and the Coast Guard is enroute to the balloon. We anticipate they will tow the capsule to shore.

Troy Bradley and Leonid TiukhtyaevWe would note that a water landing is acceptable under the international rules governing the establishment of world records. Two around-the-world attempts using a different type of balloon landed in the water and were approved as records.

Congratulations for Troy Bradleyand Leonid Tiukhtyaev! Landing occurred at six days, 16 hours and 37 minutes into the mission (approximately 7:01 AM MST or 1400 UTC) at a distance of 6,646 miles (10,696 km).

Gondola of Two Eagles in the air

Two Eagles balloon in the air

Montgolfier day – 231 years ago the World changed!

Montgolfier day – 231 years ago the World changed!

Montgolfier_231

Picture by Bennie Bos

Happy Montgolfier Day Everyone!
On the 21st November 1783, Pilâtre de Rozier & the Marquis d’Arlandes, made the first, manned, free ascent in a balloon, flying the Montgolfier Brothers built aerostat for about 5.5 miles (9 km) in approximately 25 minutes.
Benjamin Franklin wrote in his journal about witnessing the balloon take off: ‘We observed it lift off in the most majestic manner. When it reached around 250 feet in altitude, the intrepid voyagers lowered their hats to salute the spectators. We could not help feeling a certain mixture of awe and admiration.’