Gasballoon touchdown – Gasballoon landing
Balloon Adventures UAE in collaboration with Skydive Dubai officially broke two of the Guinness World Records. The first record broken was for the most skydivers to parachute from a balloon during the same flight is 40, achieved by Skydive Dubai, on the 10th of February 2013. The second record broken was for the most skydivers to parachute from a balloon simultaneously is 25, also achieved by Skydive Dubai, at the same day.
“We had no idea what will happen on the balloon, the balloon may be distorted, it may rock, we had no idea when the balloon will stabilize” said Raul Bocanegra, Skydive Dubai Desert Campus Manager.
“It took us two weeks planning and preparing all the scenarios that might happen and our reaction to it, we needed the weather to be perfect to proceed,” explained Mike Howard Skydive Dubai Air Balloon Pilot.
The event took place in The Skydive Dubai Desert Campus Drop Zone, located in Mergam, 35 km away from Dubai city. One of the main problems that was faced was trying to find the skydivers when they landed, since there were 40 skydivers jumping they all had to land in different places to avoid any accidents. The Balloon Adventures pilot Peter Kollar (HUN) who was the main pilot of the balloon was also trained on parachute emergency and safety procedures for extra precautions.
“All records are meant to be broken” stated Bocanegra. All in all the whole process went well, two major world records were officially broken and the event proved to be an ultimate success.
- Pilot: Péter Kollár, chief pilot of Balloon Adventures Emirates, UAE and Balaton Ballooning Kft. Hungary
- Take off: 2013.02.10. 06:39
- Landing: 08:29
- Max altitude: 11.129 ft
- Max climbing: 1.870 ft/min
- Max descending: -1.083 ft/min
- Ballpon: Ultramagic N-500, 14.158 m3
British, French and Japanese nationals are reported to be among 19 tourists killed in a hot air balloon crash near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor.
The balloon was flying at 1,000 ft (300m) when it caught fire and exploded, plunging onto fields west of Luxor, officials said.
Two people, including the balloon’s pilot, reportedly survived the crash.
Luxor lies on the banks of the River Nile and is home to some of Egypt’s most famous pharaonic-era ruins.
“There were 20 passengers aboard. An explosion happened and 19 passengers died. One tourist and the pilot survived,” Ahmed Aboud, a representative of balloon firms in Luxor, told Reuters news agency.
The British foreign office told the BBC it was making urgent inquiries with its colleagues in Egypt to confirm reports of British casualties.
NBC News quoted a Luxor health official as saying that the victims include nine from Hong Kong, four from Japan, two from the United Kingdom and two from France, with two yet to be identified.
Cherry Tohamy, an Egyptian living in Kuwait who was on holiday in Luxor, told the BBC her balloon was landing when she heard an explosion and saw flames from a balloon above.
“Our pilot told us that the balloon had hit a high pressure electrical cable and a cylinder on board exploded,” she said. “People were jumping out of the balloon from about the height of a seven-storey building.”
Tourism official Ahmed Aboud said the balloon was at around 300 metres (1,000 feet) above Luxor when the blast happened.
The pilot survived by jumping from the basket when it was 10-15 metres from the ground, said Aboud, head of an association representing Luxor balloon operators. The pilot was being treated for burns.
Hot air ballooning is a popular way for tourists to see Luxor’s famous sites, such as Karnak temple and the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Luxor, like many other parts of Egypt, has seen a sharp downturn in visitor numbers since the uprising in early 2011 that forced long-time President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
This video shows the moment a hot air balloon crashes near Luxor,
(BBC, Sky.com, The Guardian)
We had six flight on the 17th Europeans Hot Air Balloon Championship 2011 .in Lleida, Catalunya, Spain – from September 15th to September 23rd 2011.
- Flight #1 task sheet: FIN – HWZ – PDG – LRN -ANG
- Flight #2 task sheet: HWZ
- Flight #3 task sheet: MDD – HWZ – HWZ – LRN – FON, Photos from the first 3 flights
- Flight #4 task sheet: FIN – FON, Photos
- Flight #5 task sheet: HWZ – GBM – FON – ELB – FON, Photos
- Flight #6 task sheet: FIN – WSD, Photos
- Flight #7 task sheet: CRT – HWZ – LRN – FON, Photos
All results are published here.
A short video from the last flight where the markers are falling to the CRT target.
Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the water …
Incredible remote controlled flying fish emerge from the world of awesome!
Video: top 5 pilots drops and results at Fly in and Hesitation Waltz.
A performer from northwest China fails an attempt to walk across a tightrope strung between two hot air balloons.
Saimaiti Aishan, a member of northwest China’s Uighur Muslim ethnic group who have practised tightrope walking – or ‘Dawazi’ – for centuries, set off carefully from one of the balloons floating 328 feet above the ground.
The scene was broadcast nationwide on state television while hundreds of spectators below in Shaoyang in China’s central Hunan province held their breath as the acrobat kept his balance on the 50-foot wire, wobbling precariously as the balloons drifted with the wind.
Earlier in the morning, Saimaiti Aishan had completed the same challenge at almost 100 feet off the ground in just five minutes.
But this time, as he neared the other side after just two minutes, he lost balance and fell from the wire, hanging on by his arms and a fortuitous safety harness high above gasping crowds and media.
The balloons were then lowered towards the ground, leaving Saimaiti Aishan safe from danger, but no closer to achieving his 100-metre-high challenge.