Largest Montgolfier hot-air balloon ever made, Le Flesselle in 1784

Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier with Joseph Montgolfier, he was one of six passengers on a second flight on 19 January 1784, with a huge Montgolfier balloon Le Flesselles launched from Lyon. Four French nobles paid for the trip, including a prince.

largest Montgolfier hot-air balloon ever made - Le Flesselle

On January 19, 1784, the largest Montgolfier hot-air balloon ever made, “Le Flesselle,” made an ascent at Lyons, France. This engraving depicts two scenes from the event.

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The Virgin Pacific Flyer started in 1991 to the Pacific Crossing

26 years ago today 15th January, Per Lindstrand and Richard Branson, began their Pacific crossing by hot air balloon. Two days later they landed in Yellowknife, Canada on 17th January 1991. They had achieved the first Pacific crossing by hot air balloon.

Richard Branson - Per Lindstrand

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Invitation to the Central European Cup

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FAI Sporting Event – CIA sanction pending

We would like to invite you to the BorTér winefestival, where more than 100 wineries presents excellent products and the second Szeged Airshow which is the largest flying event in the region and to the first Central European Cup hot air balloon competition and to the second Szeged Ballon Cup fiesta.

The Event will run from 13th September 2017. The last flying day will be 16th September PM unless the minimum tasks under rule 1.2 have not been achieved, in which case the last flying day will be 17th September AM.

The entry fee is 100 EUR if you pay it before 10th May and it’s includes are FAI loggers, officials, electronic maps and rules, propane for the flights, light breakfast and lunch for pilot + 3 (Thursday – Friday – Saturday), pilot pack souvenirs, free camping facilities on the airport with your own equipment. If you don’t want to camp then you should manage and pay your accommodation.

The organisers will accept the first 40 valid entries.

You may find the invitation here.  Printable version of the invitation.

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Electronic Notice Board of Balloon Meeting in Őcsény 2016

27th Balloon Meeting in Őcsény 201627th Balloon Meeting in Őcsény, 01st – 08th October 2016

Measuring Report Sheets

Morning flight is cancelled. Next Briefing at 1600 06/10/2016

Competition map in TIFF format with OziExplorer calibration (13 MB).
Competition map in OZF format (15 MB).
Competition map in RMAP format (TwoNav, CompeGPS).
Track and waypoint file of Gemenc restricted area, 1500 ft (450 m) AGL, 1800 ft (550m) MSL.

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Electronic Notice Board of Senta Balloon Fiesta 2016

13th Senta Balloon Cup & Serbian National Championship
8th – 11th September 2016

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Total results
Task results
Measuring report sheets

Competition map in JPG format with OziExplorer calibration file
Competition map in OZF format

Thursday, 8th September
General Briefing
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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

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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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