Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov breaks world balloon record

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has broken the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the Earth in a rozier balloon in just over 11 days.

Konyukhov, who set off from Western Australia’s Avon Valley on July 12, has gone past the point he needed to fly over to break the record and is expected to land in WA’s Wheatbelt later this afternoon.

Fedor Konyukhov track

But his difficult task of landing the balloon is still ahead of him and the crew is eager to get the craft back on the ground before nightfall. Continue reading

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Invitation to the Szeged Balloon Cup 2016

Szeged Balloon Cup 2016Invitation to the Szeged Balloon Cup
15-18/09/2016

We would like to invite balloonist friends to the Szeged Balloon Cup. The event will run from 15th September to 18th September 2016. The BorTér wine festival will be same time in the city with more then 100 winemakers. The Szeged Balloon Cup will be a part of Szeged Airport’s Airshow.

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Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov took off to fly around the world

Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov took off early this morning from western Australia, near Perth, on a quest to fly around the world nonstop and solo. Konyukhov, 64, an artist, author and adventurer, hopes to beat Steve Fossett’s record, set in 2002, of 13.5 days to complete the journey. He’s flying a Roziere-style balloon, which is a hybrid that uses both hot air, heated by propane tanks, and helium to provide lift. If he succeeds, he’ll be only the second person to complete the solo circumnavigation. As of Tuesday morning, he was flying eastward above the Australian continent.

Fedor Konyukhov

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Director’s page of Czech Hot Air Balloon Championship 2016

Czech Hot Air Balloon Championship 2016

logo_Czech Nationals 2016Modrá – Velehrad, 31st August – 4th September 2016

  • Calibrated official map in JPG format (25 MB, OziExplorer) and OZF format (34 MB, OziExplorer and Androzic compatible), RMAP format (36 MB, CompeGPS/TwoNaw). – last update 11:00 02/07/2016
  • Rules of Czech Hot Air Balloon Championship 2016 – last update 11:00 02/07/2016
  • PZs and CLPs waypoint file. – last update 11:00 02/07/2016
  • Invitation

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Electronic Notice Board of Austrian and Styrian Championship 2016

Austrian and Styrian logoAustrian and Styrian Hot Air Balloon Championship
Puch bei Weiz, 25th – 29th May, 2016

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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!

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

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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.

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