Enter the FAI Young Artists Contest and have your share in the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015!

FAI logoAre you a young artist aged from 6 to 17? Would you like to have your share in the greatest and most exciting air sports event – the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 in Dubai? No need for you to have a pilot licence or to jump from an airplane. Just let your creativity flow and make your painting talent shine to compete in the 2015 FAI Young Artists Contest whose theme is “Create a poster for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015”.

Entries will be divided into three age groups: junior category (ages 6-9), intermediate category (ages 10-13) years and senior category (ages 14-17).

The winners for each group will be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals.

The winning paintings will be exhibited in Dubai during the FAI World Air Games for all the spectators to admire.

“How could we not include the young people in the Federation’s most important and biggest event ? They are our future,” FAI Sports & Marketing Director Markus Haggeney said. “Entering the FAI Young Artist Contest will give them the opportunity to step into the exciting world of air sports and the FAI World Air Games.”

How to participate?
To enter the contest, young people must first contact the FAI Member in their country and check with them the deadline to submit their drawing. They must then send their artworks to their FAI Member.

The participating FAI Members will each make a selection of the three best artworks in each category and send the chosen artworks to the FAI by 1 April 2015.

Interpretation of the 2015 theme – “Create a poster for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015”
FAI Young Artists ContestIn December 2015, the top air sport athletes from around the globe will travel to Dubai, UAE, to compete in the largest air sports event in the world, the FAI World Air Games. Over a period of 12 days, spectators will enjoy special locations with outstanding views of the Palm Jumeirah and the skyline of Dubai while watching world class competitions and air shows fill the sky in a dazzling display of manoeuvres that can only take place above the ground.

Airplanes and gliders will amaze the crowd with spins, loops, and dives in the aerobatic games, while powered planes will show their skills in an air navigation race. There will also be radio controlled aerobatics: the same spins, loops, and dives, but at a much smaller size. Additionally, Indoor Aero Musicals will be featured.

People will look up to see colourful hot air balloons and airships dotting the sky. These graceful craft, around for over 200 years, will be displayed next to the latest experimental aircraft flown in from around the world.

Spectators will feel the excitement as hang gliders compete for aerobatic ability while paragliders show off their aerobatic and landing accuracy abilities. They will see parachutists not only practice their accuracy landing but work together in incredible formation skydiving and on their canopy piloting, whereas others will showcase their skills in the indoor wind-tunnel.

Last, but certainly not least, they will see microlights and paramotors compete in slalom races as helicopter pilots show off their craft in slalom and accuracy competitions.

All of this and much, much more will be at the FAI World Games 2015. Your assignment: grab your favourite art supplies and create a poster that captures the excitement and possibilities of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. Good luck, and remember, the sky is the limit !

About the FAI Young Artists Contest
The FAI Young Artists Contest has been organised every year since 1986. It is an international art contest for youngsters between the ages of 6 and 17.

FAI Members make arrangements in each country for a national competition, or similar process of selection, for young people resident in their countries. The national winners 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.

About the FAI World Air Games
The World Air Games, conducted under the rules of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is the premier international multi-discipline air sports event fielding the world’s top Air Sports athletes. The FAI’s primary goals for this event are to determine “FAI World Air Games Champions”; to showcase air sports to the general public and promote public participation in air sports by attracting new participants to air sports disciplines; to promote FAI events to other sports organisations and create an attractive platform for TV, media and other external stakeholders.

The past editions of the Games took place in Turkey (1997), Spain (2001) and Italy (2009).

FAI World Air Games dedicated pages on the FAI website

FAI World Air Games 2015

Event Director’s page of 40th French National Championship 2014

40th French National Championship 2014Rules of 40th French National Championship 2014. (2 MB)

Competition map JPG format. (16 MB)
Competition map BMP format. (126 MB)
The official calibration file will be avalable before the General Briefing.

List of pilots

Country Surname Name Regist. No. Balloon name
1. FRA ALLEMAND Kevin F-HEED OBO Relax Drink
2. FRA BAUDIN Ulrich
3. FRA BECKER Jonathan Conseil Général du Territoire de Belfort
4. FRA BEJAT Grégory
5. FRA BERARD Jérôme F-PLOL Jouy le Potier
6. FRA BOLZE Stéphane F-HMSB St Michel
7. FRA BOURBIER Michel F-HNLM Bonduelle
8. FRA CINQUIN Guy F-GTTU Chalon/saône
9. FRA CLAUZEL Anne F-HCPA Remorques Air et Nature
10. FRA CLEYET-MARREL Benjamin F-PBEN Dawn Chaser
11. FRA D’ASSIGNY Cyril F-HFCA St Michel orange
12. BEL DE COCK Philippe OO-BFJ Vultus Lupi
13. FRA DE COLIGNY Brigitte F-HDBC Marelau 2
14. FRA DE COLIGNY Laure F-HELC St Michel Red Cocotte
15. FRA DE SADE Adrien F-BUQY Marquis de Sade
16. FRA DESOUCHE Jean-Louis F-HCYB Cybevasion
18. FRA DROIN Michel F-GXMD Batisol
19. FRA DROUAUD Manuel F-HMMD Smatis
20. FRA FORET Bernard F-HBJE Toi et Moi
21. FRA GEST Marie F-HCSN La Vienne
23. LUX KRAFT Claude LX-BOP Luxembourg
25. FRA LE FRANC Guillaume F-GKIE Grand Prix Kubicek
26. FRA LEGENDRE Patrick F-GXSM Saint-Michel 1
28. FRA LIEPMANN Marie F-HFAM Le plus beau de Maman
29. FRA MANGIN Hugues F-GUSB Primagaz
30. FRA MERCERON Thomas F-HCGV Conseil Général de Vendée
31. FRA MERCIER Etienne F-GZFM Primagaz
32. FRA MESSINES François F-HBFM St Michel
33. FRA ODOUARD Jean-Philippe F-HCSM St Michel Force Verte
34. FRA OUDIN Marie-Dominique F-HDID Parc de Saint Cyr
35. FRA OUVRARD Jean-Daniel F-HFJD Toyota SNDA Touzalin
36. FRA OUVRARD Rémi F-HFRO Mutuelle de Poitiers Assurances
37. FRA PACAUD Laurent F-HGLP St Michel orange
38. FRA PERDOUX Anthony F-GRUI Toygate
39. FRA PHILIPPE Nicolas F-GVNP Gavottes
40. FRA SALGUES Jean-Pierre F-HROC Rocamadour
41. FRA SCHWARTZ Nicolas F-GYNS Saint Michel Jaune
42. FRA SEGUINEAU Sébastien F-PPER Pépère
43. FRA SEIGEOT Clément F-HOTT Kubicek Demo
44. FRA TERRIN Capucine F-HFCT St Michel vert
45. FRA VITRY Léonore F-GVLM Coccinelle
46. FRA VITRY Martin Saint-Michel
47. LUX WEBER Colin LX-BLN Loterie Nationale

List of official

Function Name Country
Event Director Zoltan Palhegyi HUN
Deputy Director Nathalie Dantan FRA
Steward Sylvine Beauvivre FRA
Jury President Gérard Grangé FRA
Jury Dave Bramwell AUT
Meteo Claude Salles LUX
Safety officer Etienne De Montgolfier FRA
Fiesta Director Jean-Alain Martin FRA
Chief Scorer Régis Darfeuille FRA
Scorer Valérie Marlart FRA
Scorer Jaroslav Baran SLK
Scorer Raphaele Perret FRA
Scorer Jonas Gicquel FRA
Scorer Vincent Borsato FRA
Scorer Nathalie Bridot FRA
Scorer Yasha Forghani FRA
Chief Measuring Team Bérangère Combier FRA
Measuring Team Bruno V FRA
Measuring Team Caroline Aurel FRA
Measuring Team Rachel Maury FRA
Measuring Team Sophie Hurtaud FRA
Measuring Team Didier Souchon FRA
Measuring Team Maximilien Sebbag FRA
Measuring Team Marie-Laure Laroche FRA
Measuring Team Agnès Lebesson FRA
Measuring Team Myriam Grirod FRA
Measuring Team Auria Frémont FRA
Measuring Team Marie Bléhaut FRA
Measuring Team Sébastien Lobelle FRA
Measuring Team Thierry Ponlevoy FRA

The conquest of the skies – balloon history from 1870

The First Aerial Voyage

The First Aerial Voyage

“The title of our introduction to aeronautics may appear ambitious to astronomers, and to those who know that the infinite space we call the heavens is for ever inaccessible to travellers from the earth; but it was not so considered by those who witnessed the ardent enthusiasm evoked at the ascension of the first balloon. No discovery, in the whole range of history, has elicited an equal degree of applause and admiration—never has the genius of man won a triumph which at first blush seemed more glorious. The mathematical and physical sciences had in aeronautics achieved apparently their greatest honours, and inaugurated a new era in the progress of knowledge. After having subjected the earth to their power; after having made the waves of the sea stoop in submission under the keels of their ships; after having caught the lightning of heaven and made it subservient to the ordinary purposes of life, the genius of man undertook to conquer the regions of the air. Imagination, intoxicated with past successes, could descry no limit to human power; the gates of the infinite seemed to be swinging back before man’s advancing step, and the last was believed to be the greatest of his achievements.

Balloon of the Marquis D'Arlandes

Balloon of the Marquis D’Arlandes

In order to comprehend the frenzy of the enthusiasm which the first aeronautic triumphs called forth, it is necessary to recall the appearance of Montgolfier at Versailles, on the 19th of September, 1783, before Louis XVI, or of the earliest aeronauts at the Tuileries. Paris hailed the first of these men with the greatest acclaim, “and then, as now,” says a French writer, “the voice of Paris gave the cue to France, and France to the world!” Nobles and artisans, scientific men and badauds, great and small, were moved with one universal impulse. In the streets the praises of the balloon were sung; in the libraries models of it abounded; and in the salons the one universal topic was the great “machine.” In anticipation, the poet delighted himself with bird’s-eye views of the scenery of strange countries; the prisoner mused on what might be a new way of escape; the physicist visited the laboratory in which the lightning and the meteors were manufactured; the geometrician beheld the plans of cities and the outlines of kingdoms; the general discovered the position of the enemy or rained shells on the besieged town; the police beheld a new mode in which to carry on the secret service; Hope heralded a new conquest from the domain of nature, and the historian registered a new chapter in the annals of human knowledge.”

The Destruction of Charles's Balloon

The Destruction of Charles’s Balloon

The full book here: WONDERFUL BALLOON ASCENTS or, the Conquest of the Skies A History of Balloons and Balloon Voyages - By F. Marion 1870.

New stable release of oziTarget for competitors

OziTarget new stable release v1.4.5.0Version has been released and ushers in all the design changes to oziTarget to help make your flight planning and navigation even easier than before.

The change log is huge and I have to thank the work done by various pilots all around the world in submitting ideas and bugs along the way.

Here is the list of what is new or changed.  It may be easier to just download it and poke around!

If you are updating, please allow a few days of playing with the new version to make sure you are comfortable with it before heading into a competition.

v1.4.5.0 change log

- Task Rings.  New layout design for a much smaller tool on the screen.  The keyboard is now optional to save space.
- Task Rings.  Ability to draw a series of arcs instead of a full ring to help keep the map clear.

- Windreader Data: New Windreader layout including unlimited entries.
- Windreader data: Data can now be drawn at any point on the map, not just waypoints.
- Windreader data: Data rows selectable so you can draw some or all of the data in the windreader list.
- Windreader data: Experimental windreader data import for Windwatch and Wondsond systems.  CSV files can be read but more checking needs to be done with regards to units and file formats but seems to be working enough to play with.

- Waypoint Tools.  A new tool for seeing the 8 figure grid reference, moving and rounding a waypoint by its grid reference and creating waypoints by just the 8 figure grid reference.  Particularly helpful for fast and accurate entry from a task sheet.
- Waypoint Tools.  Point and Click generation of waypoints so that they include elevation data if available.

- Scoring areas.  Scoring areas can now be drawn as open lines rather than defaulting to a closed loop.
- Scoring areas.  Scoring areas can be drawn on track #1.  Right click in scoring areas to select this option.  Helpful if you are setting up a map and want to edit or work with the tracks further.

- Multiple waypoints.  Tracking of multiple waypoints has been totaly re-written.  Use the context menu to access settings.  Currently limited to tracking 4 waypoints.  Scream if you need more.
- Multiple waypoints.  Multiple waypoints now stores the last used waypoints and re-loads them when you re-open the window so you don’t loose them every time you close that window down.

- Track Hold.  You can now manually enter a direction on the main screen for drawing at a waypoint.  Just a bit easier if your crew give you a surface reading for example.

- Ground elevation data.  If you have your map set up with 3D data for ground elevation then this information can be shown in the main window as well as your height above ground.  They can also he hidden from the HELP menu if you don’t want it or don’t have the 3D data.  Details of how to get elevation are in the help file v0.3

- New limitations on the usage under Trial mode.

- Keypad.  I have written a new on screen keypad that can be hidden when not in use.  The little icon that looks like a keypad (I hope!) will open it from any of the windows that you may want it from.  If you like the full Windows OSK then mine will not get in your way.

- User grid settings added for Transverse Mercator maps (as used in Austria or Swiss Nationals for example).

- New settings pop out on Windreader and Multiple targets (Right click to select settings from context menu)

- Icons now used for most features to reduce the size of buttons and making key items more recognisable.

- All windows now remember their last location.

- Extensions/Plug-in system.  This is a big change so I can work on modules separate from the main code.  The first plug-in is the altitude simulator for sending simulated altitude data to oziTarget when sitting at your desk.

- A proper help file is under construction.  It is accessible buy hitting F1 on most windows or from the Help Menu on the main form.

- Registration can now be entered by copying a supplied “licence.xml” file into the oziTarget directory.  Manual entry can also be done but this solves the issue of typing in a long and complicated registration code.

by Sean Kavanagh

Awesome video from FAI

The FAI has released a new video featuring all air sports activities under the umbrella of the Federation. The 3-minute film succinctly presents the FAI sports and includes footage of FAI international records from Charles Lindbergh to Felix Baumgartner.

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The video sequences have been selected from various sources to highlight the beauty and diversity of Aeromodelling, Aerobatics, Ballooning, Experimental Aircraft, General Aviation, Gliding, Hang Gliding and Paragliding, Microlights and Paramotors, Parachuting and Rotorcraft.

“With this new video we aim to pass the bug for air sports to as many people as possible; all our sports have the great advantage of being exciting not only to practice, but also to watch,” said Secretary General Susanne Schödel. “We also want to emphasise that the FAI is part of the epic history of aviation and air sports, having ratified over the years more than 17,000 records including those of Lindbergh, Gagarin, Armstrong, Piccard, Fossett and Baumgartner, to name but a few.”

Event Director’s page of 2nd FAI Junior World Hot Air Balloon Championship

Rules of 2nd FAI Junior World Hot Air Balloon ChampionshipLogo of 2nd FAI Junior World Hot Air Balloon Championship (600 KB)

Competition map JPG format, OziExplorer calibration file, PZs and CLPs (31 MB)

Competition map OZF format (Androzic compatible), OziExplorer calibration file, PZs and CLPs (22 MB)

List of pilots

Country Surname Name

List of officials

Function Name Surname Country
Event Director Zoltán Pálhegyi HUN
Deputy Director Gary Lacey AUS
Steward Sergey Latypov RUS
Meteo Official Claude Sales LUX
Safety Official Rainer Hassold GER
Jury President Garry Lockyer CAN
Jury member Johann Furstner AUT
Jury member Lindsay Muir GBR
Chief Scorer Jaroslav Baran SLK
Scorer Régis Darfeuille FRA
Scorer Valérie Marlart FRA
Scorer Carmen Mezo ESP
Scorer Marcos Mezo ESP
Scorer Nicola Zicari ITA
Chief Measuring Team Sylvine Beauvivre FRA
Measuring Team Raphaele Perret FRA
Measuring Team Elric Fremont FRA
Measuring Team Patrick Ollier FRA
Measuring Team Brenda Howard GBR
Measuring Team Egle Digryte LIT
Measuring Team Svetlana Koroleva RUS
Measuring Team Karolina Nowakowska POL
Measuring Team Aneta Lancaricova CZE
Measuring Team Jo Slade GBR
Measuring Team Martin Leder AUT
Measuring Team Ilse Wanser AUT
Measuring Team Jonas Gicquel FRA
Measuring Team Ekaterina Shubina RUS

Auguste Piccard made his first balloon altitude record 83 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)

Electronic Notice Board of French Nationals

Electronic Notice Board of French Training Event Sablé-sur-Sarthe 2014The information of Electronic Notice Board of French Nationals will publish here soon.

Electronic Notice Board of French Training Event Sablé-sur-Sarthé 2014


Measuring reports

Flight3 18am

Flight2 17pm

Flight1 17am

Flight1 16pm- cancelled

Pilot list

  1. Jean-Philippe Odouard
  2. Stéphane Bolze
  3. Patrick Legendre
  4. François Messines
  5. Jérôme Bérard
  6. Léonore Vitry
  7. Rémi Ouvrard

Electronic Notice Board of French Training Event Vichy 2014


Measuring Reports of Flight 2

Flight 2 at 21th April am with FIN – PDG – JDG – FON – MDT in order.
We are expecting some very light rain drops and light winds.

Evening flight at 20th April 2014 is cancelled in Vichy.

Rain in Vichy at 20-04-2014

Measuring Reports of Flight1

Flight 1 20th April am with PDG – FIN – JDG – Pilot Declared 3D Shape Task in any order.

Flight 1 with PDG – HWZ – FON in any order – Flight is cancelled because the gusty wind.

Rules Section I and II

Competition map JPG format, OziExplorer calibration file, PZs and CLPs (31 MB)

Competition map OZF format (Androzic compatible), OziExplorer calibration file, PZs and CLPs (22 MB)


“Eye of Mother and monkey masters” – by Masashi Kakauda

Masashi Kakauda sent us this letter ten years ago:

“Dear Balloonists,

clown hot air balloonWe are very glad to send big news for participants of 2004 World Hot Air Balloon Grand Prix on 1st of April 2004.

The big news is that the World Grand Prix system will be used to the selection procedure for the 2006 World Championship in Motegi, Japan.

This was discussed at the CIA Plenary Meeting in Debrecen, Hungary last month.  The voting delegates agreed to our proposal without any objection, since they were bit tired to talk about the travel subsidy of 2004 Worlds in Australia. (As far as I know, the Australian organizer decided to reward to participants by 1000 bananas or oranges to each competitor, who can not have enough travel subsidy.) Anyhow, top winners of 2005 WHGPX will be invited to the 2006 Worlds in Japan.  For that reason, the 2005 WHGPX will be competed with up to 100 teams and one million cash prizes with a HONDA NSX, but the minimum requirement of entry is 3,000 flight hours in a hot air balloon as PIC.  (This regulation is not applied to Japanese, since Japan is the host country!)  We think that this World Championship should be planned for only top pilots in the world, even though only 10 competitors available.

These several years, we have announced robot observers.  But now we must return to trusting humanity.  So we decided to use human observers in balloon competitions.  These products are currently developed by several computer companies.

The new observing system, called ‘Eye of Mother’, consists of TV cameras, sensors GPS units and radios.  An observer is not required to be on board.  They can watch a pilot activity or balloon maneuvering via TV cameras in a basket, at the burner flame and at the top of balloon.  The motion sensor is also attached at a basket.

So an observer is able to know whether a pilot makes a ground contact or not for a non-light contact.  For a light ground contact, another electric magnetic sensor is covering a basket and can detect a contact with earth surface.  The position of balloon is always monitored by GPS.  Those data will be transmitted to the observer on the ground.  The markers will be measured by a sensor which is implanted to at the centre of intersection.

There are several advantages.  An observer do not need to bear up working with a bloody pilot.  They will not be required to go to the event place nor the competition centre.  They can watch a computer screen with live monitors and sensing data.  They participate in balloon competitions from their own home or room, with a coke and potato tips.  An observer just sent their report to the competition centre by internet.  The score will be calculated with monkey masters (sorry, this will become an old nickname).  If an observer watches a very rapid decent or ascent or violating PZs, he/she can send a warning message to a competitor.  If he receives two warnings, it means ‘yellow’ and 300 points penalty.  If he receives one more, he will be disqualified from the task.  Therefore, an observer will have much power to a competitor.

The observers will be rewarded 10 bananas per a task flight and 100 bananas to monkey masters.

We wish you have good flights and soft landings under blue skies and gentle winds.

Soft Landings,
Masashi Kakuda

PS: If you read this News Letter on 31st March or after 1st of April, it is your fault.  I do not care your complaints, since my watches and clocks show 1st of April.

Why I am using a banana in rewarding?  Because, I want to eat it now.”