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Open Serbian Championship 2013

The Open Serbian Championship 2013 held in Despotovac and Jagodina at last long weekend. We had pilots from Austria, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia. We enjoyed the warm and very freindly hospitality of local people. The weather was very exciting as you may see on the photos but we had three flights.

Open Serbian Championship 2013

The Serbian Champion is Srdjan Srdic and the results of Open Serbian Championship:

  1. Johann Almer (AUT)
  2. Lidija Kosi (SLO)
  3. Silvo Vohar (SLO)
Mammatus clouds in Serbia

Mammatus clouds in Serbia

Ice in the air

Ice in the air


Sunset behind the rain

Sunset behind the rain

Rainbow on the Eastern sky

Rainbow on the Eastern sky

All results are published here. More photos are on the Facebook.

Dutch Balloon Trophy 2013 – finally 3 flights nine tasks

Dutch Balloon Trophy 2013We finished the Dutch Balloon Trophy. We 3 flights nine tasks in difficult weather situation. All results in final and published on the Electronic Notice Board.

Dutch Balloon Trophy 2013

  1. Steven Vlegels 6832
  2. David Bareford 6695
  3. Johannes Kooistra 6194

Dutch Champion 2013 – Johannes Kooistra

Belgian Champion 2013 – Steven Vlegels

Rookie of the year

  1. Kim Larsen 7194
  2. Rupert Stanley 6860
  3. Erik Pals



First flight of Dutch Balloon Trophy 2013

The wind measuring at 2300 gave winds of over 20 knts and the forcast was not much better. When a thunderstorm started at 0100 were close to cancelling the first flight but decided to do the windmeasuring at 0300 to see what had happened.

First flight of DBT 2013

What a surprise, winds below 10 knts in the piball and pretty stable atmosphere in the forecast. We can see a flight in this forecast.

The tasks were set, the wind measured again, the tasks were changed, target teams send away. A cold front is coming our way so the task briefing is short and compact so we can start the launch period as soon as sunrise.

First flight of DBT 2013

Within 20 minutes 25 balloons have launched for a fast flight with minimal flight conditions, they are of for a Pilot Declared Goal, Judge Declared Goal and Hesitation Waltz.
Now we are waiting for everyone to come back safely and we can start calculating the results.
What a morning…..

Sanne Haarhuis, Deputy Director

Sanne Haarhuis, Deputy Director DBT 2013

The task Sheet of the first flight on the Electronic Notice Board.

Czech National Balloon Championship 2013

Czech Balloon National Championsip logo 2013Come to compete, fly, improve your rank list position, raise self-confidence, make new friends and see the beautiful landscape of Czech Highlands from above!
Ultimate Ballooning club organizes the Czech NationalHot-Air Balloon Championship, August 7th – 11th 2013. The championship is held under the auspices of the Czech Balloon Federation.

One of my favorite Event: nice people, nice landscape, competitive pilots and good beers.
The Event will run with FAI loggers without observers. Maximum of twenty competition balloons is allowed but 5-6 place is available for foriegn pilots.
You may find the Invitation and Entry form here and information here.

Czech Balloon National Championsip 2012

Measuring Team of Czech Balloon National Championsip 2012

A Measuring Team of Czech Balloon National Championsip 2012

FAI CIA Plenary Meeting decisions

  • cia-logoWorld Championship 2014 in Sao Carlos, Brazil
  • 2nd FAI Junior World Hot Air Balloon Championship 2014 in Vichy, France
  • 58th Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett 2014 in Vichy, France
  • 19th FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship 2015 in Debrecen, Hungary
  • Women’s European Hot Air Balloon Championship 2015 in Drenthe, Netherland

Behind the scenes from Rio (FAI CIA Plenary Meeting):
“The Great politics:
Yesterday evening (22nd March), FAI President John Grubbstrom (not CIA President Jean Claude) at the end of the meeting appealed to all delegates and declared that cancellation of sanction for Brazil will be painful for all of us, because Brazilians will go to international court.
This morning the situation got even worse. FAI President said that if the sanction will be given to Lithuania, he will not sign an organiser agreement with with Lithuania. Organiser agreement is signed by FAI.”

21st World Hot Air Balloon Championship 2014 Sao Carlos Brasil