Electronic Notice Board of Austrian and Styrian Championship 2016

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Puch bei Weiz, 25th – 29th May, 2016

Results
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General Briefing Information (final) – last update 16:30 25/05/2016

Task sheet#5 29th am May 2016
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Task sheet#4 28th am May 2016
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Task sheet#4 27th pm May 2016 – flight is cancelled
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Task sheet#3 27th am May 2016
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Task sheet#2 26th pm May 2016
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Task sheet #1 26th am May 2016
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Visit the Director’s page of Austrian and Styrian Championship 2016!

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Moldavian International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta “AEROBIS 2016”

AeroBIS 2016 MoldaviaNational Sport Club AEROBIS are pleased to invite you to the fourth edition of Moldavian International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta “AEROBIS 2016”. This meeting of friends will take place in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova in period of 12th to 15th of May 2016. We are convinced that your name, as a participant of this fiesta, will become a part of Ballooning’ history of Moldova.

You will have an opportunity to discover our hospitality, and surprising spring landscapes of Moldova.

No registration fees, LPG, accomodation, meals at free. Invitation, entry form.
Contac: Sergiu Zavulan zavulan.sergiu@gmail.com

26 November 2005: Indian Tycoon Vijaypat Singhania sets World Balloon Altitude Record 21 km

B-42, MUM-290301 - MARCH 29, 2005 -  MUMBAI: VIJAYPAT SINGHANIA CHAIRMAN EMERITUS RAYMONDS GROUP AND AVIATOR ANNOUNCES HIS NEW HOT AIR BALLOON ADVENTURE IN MUMBAI ON TUESDAY. PTI PHOTO

B-42, MUM-290301 – MARCH 29, 2005 – MUMBAI: VIJAYPAT SINGHANIA CHAIRMAN EMERITUS RAYMONDS GROUP AND AVIATOR ANNOUNCES HIS NEW HOT AIR BALLOON ADVENTURE IN MUMBAI ON TUESDAY. PTI PHOTO

The record by Vijaypat Singhania is subject to verification, but his son Gautam Singhania said the 44-ton balloon climbed nearly 70,000 feet, beating the old mark of just under 65,000 feet.

“This goes to show to the world that we are not bullock cart drivers, but we can compete against the best of the world,” the balloonist said.

One of the balloon’s designers said the height will be determined by instruments sealed inside the capsule. Once verified by aeronautical groups, the findings will be submitted to Guinness World Records. The 67-year-old balloonist landed safely after a nearly five-hour flight inside a pressurized cabin suspended from the 160-foot-high, multicolored balloon. The flight was carried live on Indian national television.

“The exact height reached was 69,852 feet. This is subject to certification,” said Colin Prescott, one of two British designers of the balloon. The previous world record was 64,997 feet, set by Sweden’s Per Lindstrand in Plano, Texas, in June 1988. Hundreds of jubilant villagers crowded around the balloon to congratulate Singhania.

“When I broke the record, I was euphoric. I screamed quite loudly,” he said.

Singhania lifted off from downtown Bombay and landed safely on barren land near Panchale, a village about 150 miles south of Bombay.

Singhania, the chairman emeritus of the Raymond Group, one of India’s leading textile companies, also set a record for ultralight aviation 17 years ago when he flew 6,000 miles from Britain to India in 23 days.

Do you know the standard marker falling speed?

Only 25% of the answer was right. Not a very good result…

In 1977 Bruce Comstock found marker speed to be 3000 ft/minute.

“Soon we were timing the fall of scoring markers from our balloons. We discovered that a standard marker fell about 3,000 feet per minute. I then built the first drop sight– two pieces of rigid quarter-inch plastic sheet hinged together. One piece included level sight tubes so it could be kept level. The other could be set to a downward angle according to a scale calibrated in miles per hour of average wind speed. In flight I would set the wind speed on the scale and then sight along the tilted piece until the target was in line with it, at which point I would release the drop marker. This worked, but the device was big and clumsy. Not long after, David designed and built two beautiful pistol-shaped, varnished hardwood drop sights with level sight tubes and wind speed scales. I made a padded “holster” for mine, which I tied into the inside of my basket, ready to use. I used this drop sight for the rest of the years I competed. No single tool wins balloon competitions, but I am sure this drop sight got me points when I needed to use it.”
Comstock, Bruce (2013-10-23). A Life in the Air (Kindle Locations 1189-1195). Willow Press.

“I just studied my archives and found a marker drop altitude&time table written by myself. It is based on marker falling speed of 3000 ft/min. Time of writing: 1985-1987.

Same as reported by Comstock.”

Risto Jalava

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Director’s page of Szeged Balloon Cup 2015

Szeged Balloon Cup 2015

Szeged Balloon Cup 2015

The Hungarian CAA closed the airspace over the most of the contest area because the migrant situation. The Event organiser cancelled the Airshow and the Szeged Balloon Cup.

Official map with Oziexplorer calibration: JPG file (6,6 MB), OZF file (17,6 MB)
Rules of Szeged Balloon Cup 2015
Invitation and Entry form

Pilot name Country Reg. #
1. GARAB Szabolcs HUN HA-777
2. KONECSNI János HUN HA-608
3. TÓTH Mihály HUN HA-713
4. Marija PETRIĆ MIKLOUŠIĆ CRO 9A-OZG
5. HORVÁTH Antal HUN HA-863
6. NAGY Péter HUN HA-756
7. Johann ALMER AUT OE-RJA
8. MOLNÁR Csaba HUN HA-607
9. JUDÁK Gyula HUN HA-861
10. MORVAI Tibor HUN HA-823

 

Schedule (tentative)

Sunrise / Sunset        06:45 / 18:45

Thursday, 17th September

17:00 – 18:30             Check-in
19:00                           General Briefing

Friday, 18th September

05:30                           Breakfast
06:00                           Task briefing
07:00 – 09:00             Flight
15:00                           Lunch
16:00                           Briefing
17:00 – 18:30             Flight

Saturday, 19th September

05:30                           Breakfast
06:00                           Task briefing
07:00 – 09:00             Flight
13:30                           Boat trip
15:00                           Lunch
16:00                           Briefing
17:00 – 18:30             Flight

Sunday, 20th September

05:30                           Breakfast
06:00                           Task briefing
07:00 – 09:00             Flight
11:30                           Prize Giving
12:00                           Lunch

Enter the 2016 FAI Young Artists Contest and Show the World How Talented You Are!

Are you keen on painting or drawing? Have air sports always made you dream? Are you concerned about environmental issues? If so, then pick up your pens, pencils or brushes and enter the 2016 FAI Young Artists Contest. The aim is to create a picture that illustrates this years’ theme “Air Sports in Harmony with Nature”, and to show the world just how talented you are.

Intermediate Category 2015: 2. Yana SERGEYCHIK (Russia)

Intermediate Category 2015: 2. Yana SERGEYCHIK (Russia)

Youngsters from three age categories: Junior (6-9), Intermediate (10-13), Senior (14-17) are invited to participate.

The 2016 theme: Air Sports in Harmony with Nature

The beauty of the earth is never clearer than when seen from the air. Every day, thousands of people flying in airliners look at the earth with a new perspective from above. Another group of boys, girls, men and women involved in air sports are fortunate to have a special view of the grandeur below them as the soar in gliders or float through the air in balloons. Others feel the rush of air as they parachute down to a beautiful field or cross the sky in an ultralight or helicopter.

From above, the fullness of nature is seen in ways unknowable from the ground. Helicopters give tours of the inaccessible rivers and canyons as balloons float across home towns, each giving new insight into how land, water, animals, and people share their environments. From the air, one is able to take pictures and film land that would otherwise never be seen. Aircraft do this without the need for roads. An airport or open field will do for the intrepid aviator.

While the air sport participants enjoy this freedom, they also must be very good neighbours to all the people and animals and the environment. This is especially important as they take-off and land. Air sports enthusiasts are happy to do this because the beauty of the earth is one of the reasons they love flying so much.

So grab your favourite pen or brush capture the connection between the land and the air. Create a work of art that shows air sports and nature in harmony. Good luck!

How to enter the contest?

The contest takes place in two phases, the details of which can be found below. You should first check the details and the deadline for submission of your work by contacting the FAI member in your country. Each country will select the three best illustrations in each category: Junior (6-9), Intermediate (10-13), Senior (14-17) and forward them to the FAI by 1 April 2016. An International Jury will then select the world winners in each category who will be rewarded respectively with Gold, Silver or Bronze FAI medals.

The artwork will be exhibited at the prestigious Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, USA and may be used by the FAI on other occasions.

About the FAI Young Artists Contest

The FAI Young Artists has been organised each year since 1986 to promote air sports amongst youth, to raise awareness of the different aspects of aviation whilst at the same time providing the opportunity to show off skills and personality through art.

FAI Members organise either a national competition or another similar process of selection for the young people resident in their respective countries. The national winning paintings are then submitted to the International Jury. A different theme is chosen every year to inspire the young artists and reflect the many facets of air sports.