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Electronic Notice Board of CE Cup 2017


1st Central European Cup and
37th Hungarian National Championship and
21st Czech National Championship and
2nd Szeged Balloon Cup

Results of the CE Cup, signed results
Results of the Hungarian Nationals
Measuring report sheets

Task sheet of Flight4

Task sheet of Flight3

Task sheet of Flight2

Task sheet of Flight1

14th September 2017 PM Briefing is cancelled

Task sheet of Flight1 – cancelled

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Electronic Notice Board of The Goodyear Farm Tires British National Hot Air Balloon Championships 2017

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Wolverley CE Secondary School DY11 5XQ
14th – 19th August 2017

Total results final
Task results
Measuring Report Sheets

Task sheet of Flight3

Task sheet of Flight2

Task sheet of Flight1, Task sheet cancelled at 14pm


General Briefing: 14:00 Monday 14th August, at Wolverley School, Main Briefing Room
1st competition flight – Monday pm
Last competition flight – Saturday am
Awards: Lunchtime Saturday 19thAugust,


Number Name Balloon registration
1 Dominic Bareford G-CJGO
2 David Bareford EC-LIR
3 Alex Court G-OURT
4 Kenneth Karlstrom G-KENK
5 David Medcalf G-CHXN
6 Thomas Hook G-HUKS
7 Stephanie Bareford G-CHSP
8 Daniel Gregory G-BTSX
9 Richard Parry G-CDZO
10 Lindsay Muir G-CKMH
11 Chloe Hallett G-LOKI
12 Ian Bridge G-CIFW
13 Marcus Green G-OINT
14 Rupert Stanley G-RUPS
15 Alex Hook G-CBHX
16 Peter Gregory G-OPER
17 Jonathan Tyrrell G-CIAE


Electronic Notice Board of 30th Brazilian National Championship

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30º Campeonato Brasileiro de Balonismo

Boituva, SP, Brazilia
09th July – 16th July

Online track


Task sheet 16th am
Measuring report sheets

Task sheet 15th pm
Measuring report sheet

Task sheet 15th am
Track file of scoring area on Map B in task# 31
Measuring report sheets

Task sheet 14th pm
Measuring report sheet

Task sheet 14th am
Measuring report sheets

Task sheet 13th am
Track file of scoring area on Map A in task# 21
Measuring report sheets

Task sheet 12th am
Measuring report sheets

Task sheet 11th pm
Measuring report sheet

Task sheet 11th am
Measuring report sheets

Task sheet 10th am
Measuring report sheets


Pilot’s list

1 Fabio Passos SP
2 Luis Silvestre SP
3 Lupercio Lima GO
4 Rubens Kalousdian SP
5 Markus Kalousdian SP
6 Marcos Paulo da Silva SP
7 Christian Kalousdian SP
8 Amarildo Tozzi SP
9 Valdemir Taveira SP
10 Ronaldo Morales SP
11 Filipe Tostes GO
12 Warley Macedo SP
13 Homero Antunes SP
14 Giovani Pompermaier RS
15 Alessandro Taveira SP
16 Ricardo Zavarello SP
17 Eduardo Libra SP
18 Jonathan Padulla SP
19 Henrique Neto SP
20 Renato Mathies Alemão SP
21 Cristiano Almudim RS
22 Murilo Hoffmann RS
23 Rafael da Luz RS
24 Sergio Jung RS

David Levin (June 10, 1948 – May 13, 2017)

David Levin (1948 - 2017)David is the only balloon pilot to have won both the Hot Air and Gas Balloon World Championships and he completed the “triple crown” of ballooning by winning the prestigious Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett in 1992. He has also won the U.S. National Championships in both Gas and Hot Air. Other wins include the 1988 Trans-Australia Balloon Challenge, 1990 Canadian Open National Championship, 1994 Alpine Balloon Trophy in Austria and the 1996 America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race in Albuquerque. His last win was the 2000 America’s Challenge with a flight of 1,998 miles, flying from Albuquerque to Gorham, Maine in 66 hours. David retired from balloon competition after the World Air Games in Seville, Spain in 2001.

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Happy birthday James Gordon Bennett Jr.

Portrait of James Gordon Bennett, Jr.

Portrait of James Gordon Bennett, Jr.

James Gordon Bennett Jr. (May 10, 1841 – May 14, 1918) was publisher of the New York Herald, founded by his father, James Gordon Bennett Sr., who emigrated from Scotland. He was generally known as Gordon Bennett to distinguish him from his father. Among his many sports-related accomplishments he organized both the first polo match and the first tennis match in the United States, and he personally won the first trans-oceanic yacht race. He sponsored explorers including Henry Morton Stanley’s trip to Africa to find David Livingstone, and the ill-fated USS Jeannette attempt on the North Pole. Continue reading

First human in the Space on 12 April 1961

On 12 April 1961, the Vostok 3KA-3 (Vostok 1) spacecraft with Gagarin aboard was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Gagarin thus became both the first human to travel into space, and the first to orbit the Earth. His call sign was Kedr (Russian: Кедр, Siberian pine or Cedar).

Yuri Gagarin

Picture: Time Covers – The 60S, Boris Chaliapin, from the collection

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FAI ballooning events in 2017

FAI CIA logo21-27 August, 2017
20th European Air Balloon Championships, Brissac, France

4-10 September
4th Women Hot Air Balloon Championship, Leszno, Poland

  • ED: Moniek vande Velde
  • Status: 2nd round of invitation running. Ends  30th April
  • Contact: Bogdan Prawicki –

7-16 September
61st Coupe Gordon Bennett, Fribourg, Switzerland

22-25 June
Slovenian Open Championship, Sporting event, Murska Sobota, Slovenia

  • ED: Thomas Herndl, CIA loggers
  • Invitation: All FAI members. Entry deadline: 6 June 2017.
  • Entry fee: 150€ includes maps, breakfast, lunch, opening/closing ceremony. No propane, no accomodation.
  • Contact: Matjaž Pavlinjek,

3-6 August

  • ED: Jacques Bernardin, loggers,
  • Invitation process: 1-31 March 2017
  • Entry fee: 290 € (3+ pilot) Accommodation, breakfast, brunch after morning flights, dinner, propane, pilot’s pack, maps
  • Contact: Viviane Barbot,

8-10 August
Minsk 950th Anniversary Balloon Cup, Sporting event, Minsk, Belarus

  • Entry Fee: Before 1 July, 200€, after 1 July, 300€. Includes gas, map, CIA loggers, accomodation (2 nights), breakfast and lunch for 4 persons, opening and closing ceremony.
  • Contact: Anton Bystrov, Sec. Gen. of Belarusian Fed. of Air Sports,

13-16 September
1st Central European and 2nd Szeged Balloon Cup, Sporting event, Szeged, Hungary

  • ED: Zoltan Palhegyi, CIA loggers
  • Invitation: All FAI members. Entry until 10 June, 2017. Entry Fee: Before 10 May, 100€, after 10 May, 200€. Includes gas, map, breakfast and lunch for 4 persons, free camping at airport.
  • Contact: Zoltán Pálhegyi

Richard Abruzzo made the first transcontinental solo balloon flight in the USA

Richard AbruzzoHe flew from Torrey Pines, San Diego in California to Waverley, Georgia in 73 hours 20mins, a distance of 2074kms. The balloon was gas balloon Abruzzo GROM-1. Reg. N96YD,landing on February 5th 2003. On the weekend of the flight, the equipment was driven to California from Albuquerque by crewmembers Leonard Saiz and Jeremy Dorcas. They also provided the retrieve for the flight. The sandbags were filled and the system was assembled on Saturday. It all finally came together and the balloon was launched exactly at 12:00 noon PST. Continue reading

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

Per Lindstrand and Richard Branson, began their Pacific crossing by hot air balloon on 15th January. 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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