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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

Pilots of CE Cup Continue reading

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

Invitation to the Central European Cup

Central European CupCentral European Cup

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.

The Junior World Champion won the 18th Hot Air Balloon Championship

Rokas Kostiuskevicius – who won the 1st Junior Wolrd Championship in last year  – won the 18th Hot Air Balloon Championship in Wloclawek, Poland. His father, Rimas Kostiuskevicius got the silver medal and  Ivan Ayala got the bronse medal who had the silver medal in the last European Championship.

The winner 18th Hot Air Balloon Championship

The winners 18th Hot Air Balloon Championship

The veryyoung  Dominic Berford finished on the 4th place, who know his family name well. Other results:

3 2 Ivan AYALA ALCALDE ESP 13705
4 52 Dominic BAREFORD GBR 13679
5 1 Stefan ZEBERLI SUI 13305
6 71 Peter OLSSON SWE 12989
7 30 Bartosz NOWAKOWSKI POL 12764
8 13 Uwe SCHNEIDER GER 12749
9 47 Christoffer MUNDT DEN 12536
10 29 Ivan MENYAYLO RUS 12509
31 39 David LINEK CZE 10225
34 41 Petr KUBICEK CZE 10114
37 42 Michael SUCHY CZE 9489
38 68 Janos KONECSNI HUN 9395
54 40 Pavel KOSTRHUN CZE 8222
55 69 Peter NAGY HUN 8192
76 70 Sandor VEGH HUN 5475

We had 5 flights and 18 tasks. The Event start with nice weather but the Autumn arrived after with fog and rain.
A short video about the by Tóth László.

18th FAI Hot Air Balloon European Championship 2013

18th FAI Hot Air Balloon European Championship 2013The European Championship started yesterday with a boring long General Briefing. The 2nd European Championship run with the CIA loggers but without a big advantage. The director, Mathijs R. De Bruijn decided to use GPS altitude instead of baromeric. The second surprise was no 2D just 3D scoring only. A pilot mentioned on the General Briefing:

“They are forcing pilots to fly in windy conditions in area with many powerlines as low as possible. This is not about pilot skills, this is very, very unsafe. I have no idea why we cannot have 2D scoring.”

Me personaly don’t understand why they step back in the time. These loggers are worked very well on many Events in different countries with different scoring software and scorers.

I start to use the FAI loggers at very beginning and never had any problem. We didn’t have any issue with the loggers during the Czech Nationals a month ago too and I’m sure the FAI loggers are working well!

I'm participate here with my Czech freinds as the team manager.

I’m participate here with my Czech freinds as the team manager.

We got a spectacular Opening Ceremony after the General Briefing with dancers and airshow without welcome drink and food.


MdB set three tasks today morning: HWZ, HWZ and JDG. It happened little bit windy condition but most of the pilots could reach the MMAs. The provisional results are available here. The afternoon briefing is cancelled because the rainy and windy condition.

Nice sunrise before the first flight

Nice sunrise before the first flight

The weather forecast promise the next flight for tomorrow morning. Let’s hope the best.

Balloons of Gordon Bennett 2013 started

In 45 minutes, from 5:45 a.m., the 18 balloons flew! The 57th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett began in a small light drizzle. The 36 pilots and co-pilots (from 10 countries) will try to steal the title held by France with Vincent Leys. The competition can be followed in live on:


For the first hours, the balloons take the direction of East. The routers on the ground will ensure the baton to guide them and allow them to travel the greatest distance. A half of the balloons are still on low levele to East but some of them going around 2500 feet and direction of North. Same destination to everybody:  greatest distance with a 1000 m3 gas balloon in the contest area. Good luck for everybody!

Gordon Benett 2013 start

Gordon Benett 2013 start – photo: Martine Besnainou

CIA World Hot Air Balloon Ranking List 2013


John Petrehn

The FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA) has updated the CIA World Hot Air Balloon Ranking List ahead of the start of the 2013 competition season. John Petrehn, Nick Donner and Stefan Zeberli lead the rankings which count 918 pilots (of which about 7% per cent are female) from 39 nations in total.

John Petrehn (see picture on the left © Cindy Petrehn) from USA tops the rankings following his performances at several World Championships: gold medals in 2010 and 2006 and a silver medal in 2012.

The 2nd place goes to Nick Donner, also from USA, who climbed on top of the podium at the 20th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship in Battlecreek (Michigan, USA) in 2012 and finished second in 2006.

Stefan Zeberli

Stefan Zeberli

The bronze medal taken at the 9th FAI World Hot Air Airship Championship in 2010 brought Swiss pilot Stefan Zeberli (see picture on the right) to the third step of the ranking list.

About the CIA World Hot Air Balloon Ranking List
The purpose of the CIA World Hot Air Ranking List is to show a ranking of the top hot air balloon pilots of the world and provide a performance comparison among them. The list is established by a calculation formula that includes the results of the last five World Championships resp. World Air Games and to a lesser degree the competitor’s national ranking position.

No any Hungarian pilots are in top 30 but 4 Czech are there. Three Hungarians was in the top 30 at 2000 and only one Czech.

How many pilots are in the top 30 at 2000 and 2013

How many pilots are in the top 30 at 2000 and 2013

Sky Fair – 2013, Kungur, Russia

Twenty-four competitors entered to the Event and five fiesta pilots participated too.  We made seven flights and twenty-five tasks. I had to cancel one flight only because the windy weather. All task sheets, measuring report sheets results and other information published on the Electronic Notice Board:

The contest area is with open fields, fields under crops and wooded, rivers, lakes, foothills areas. The road network is not the best and I had to reconsider the bad road definition but the local drivers help us so solve these problems. The organiser provided nice excursions for the participants too: visiting the Ice Cave, boat trip, visiting a Monastery, etc.
These teams of the organisers and officials are ready to run category one Event in Kungur too.

You have to come next year. It’s an interesting and great place. Must to see!

Top six pilots:

1. Mamoru Endo JAP 20164 points
2. Sergej Latypov RUS 19552 points
3. Numata Minoru JAP 18536 points
4. Igor Starkov RUS 18225 points
5. Aleksandr Dultsev RUS 16189 points
6. Valerij Latypov RUS 16020 points
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Monument of Nikita, the Russian Ikarus in the Park of Aeronauts


Park of Aeronauts

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Park of Aeronauts



Opening Ceremony


Memorial to the victims of 2nd World War Hungarian in Kungur cemetery.


Billboard of the Event


“Rafting” (boating) with the Japanese teams


Marker drop


Andrey the chief organiser









The winner is…


… Mamoru Endo


Closing Ceremony



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One of three prison is in Kungur. The churches on photos are in prison.

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Electronic Notice Board – Sky Fair 2013, Kungur


International Sport Competition of Hot Air Balloons “Sky Fair – 2013”

Results of the Event Final: 1-25, 11:00 06/072013

Jury Final Report

Flight #7

Task sheet, Tracks of cross 12Measuring Report Sheet of Task 24Measuring Report Sheet of Task 25

Flight #6

Task sheet, track of MapBMeasuring Report Sheet of Task 19Measuring Report Sheet of Task 20Measuring Report Sheet of Task 22

Flight #5

Task sheet

Flight #4

Task sheet 03/07/2013 am, Measuring Report Sheet of Task 13Measuring Report Sheet of Task 14Measuring Report Sheet of Task 15

Cancelled: Task sheet 02/07/2013 pm, Wind measuring at 2020 02/07/2013

Flight #3

Task sheetMeasuring Report Sheet of Task 8Measuring Report Sheet of Task 9Measuring Report Sheet of Task 10

Flight #2

Task sheetMeasuring Report Sheet of Task 6

Flight #1

Task sheet, track of MapA, Measuring Report Sheet of Task 2


 Pilot list

1 Naidorf Mikhail Найдорф Михаил
2 Latypov Valeriy Латыпов Валерий
3 Starkov Igor Старков  Игорь
4 Vertiprakhov Igor Вертипрахов Игорь
5 Kilmamatov Ruslan Кильмаматов Руслан
6 Minoru Numata Минору Нумата
7 Naimilov Igor Наймилов Игорь
8 Larikova Ekaterina Ларикова Екатерина
9 Xavier For Ксавье Фор
10 Mark Friedman Марк Фридман
11 Kholod Darja Холод Дарья
12 Ekk Nikolaj Экк Николай
13 Vertiprakhov Ilja Вертипрахов Илья
14 Galinskiy Andrey Галинский Андрей
15 Mamoru Endo Мамору Эндо
16 Aleksin Stanislav Алексин Станислав
17 Majevskiy Ivan Маевский Иван
18 Latypov Sergej Латыпов Сергей
19 Vertiprakhov Vladimir Вертипрахов Владимир
20 Dultsev Aleksandr Дульцев Александр
21 Inga Igaune Инга Игауне
22 Chizhov Andrey Чижов Андрей
23 Nasonova Diana Насонова Диана
24 Kuzminykh Dmitriy Кузминых Дмитрий
fiesta Ivanova Natalia Иванова Наталия
fiesta Lukichev Valentin Лукичев Валентин
fiesta Mikhailov Vladimir Михайлов Владимир
fiesta Turicyn Aleksandr Турицын Александр
fiesta Kholod Pavel Холод Павел

General Briefing informationRules

And Brazil it will be! – Letter of CIA president

FAI CIA logoThe CIA Plenary Meeting, held in Rio de Janeiro on March 22 and 23, has finally decided. The 21st FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship will be held in San Carlos/Brazil in 2013. This decision came along after long, difficult and tiresome discussions at the Plenary, but to the satisfaction of a majority of the delegates present. Competitors may now confidently start their preparations.
The Brazilian organisers confirmed the appointment of Event Director Mathijs Debruijn and Deputy Event Director David Levin. They also announced that a non-sanctioned Pre-Worlds event will be held in San Carlos in July 2013.
Detailed information regarding the free transportation of the 70 balloons in 2014 has been promised to become available sometime during the year.
I am glad that the this issue has finally been decided, and I wish all those who plan to participate a lot of fun and perfect competitions.

Buoyant regards,
JC Weber, president
FAI Ballooning Commission