On 27 May 1931, Auguste Piccard and Paul Kipfer took off from Augsburg, Germany, and reached a record altitude of 15,781 m (51,775 ft). (FAI Record File Number 10634) During this flight, Piccard was able to gather substantial data on the upper atmosphere, as well as measure cosmic rays. On 18 August 1932, launched from Dübendorf, Switzerland, Piccard and Max Cosyns made a second record-breaking ascent to 16,201 m (53,153 ft). (FAI Record File Number 6590) He ultimately made a total of twenty-seven balloon flights, setting a final record of 23,000 m (75,459 ft).
Here is the inside of an aluminium hot-air balloon tank. This ‘cut away’ clearly shows how a hot-air balloon cylinder works…
From the top.
You can see on this tank – the liquid valve which draws liquid fuel from the tube at base of the tank (silver handwheel valve) and the vapour valve (red wheel regulator valve) which could run the vapour pilot light on your burner if it had one, the pressure-relief-valve (PRV) is shown with the black plastic dust cap on it, the bleed valve used when filling the tank is the small screw valve and in the centre, the dial for the float gauge indicates the amount of liquid fuel in the tank.
You can see the kinked ‘dip tube’, the contents float gauge, the bleed valve tube at a high fixed level to indicate when to stop filling as your tank is full enough and the pressure relief valve.
Important notes – Not all tanks have a kinked dip tube and cylinders can have different valve configurations.
21st European Hot Air Balloon Championship in Mallorca ended after 5 flights and 16 tasks.
Congratulations to all the pilots and teams, europeans and worlds are dope thanks to you all. Thanks to the whole national team for the help and healthy rivalry. It makes us stronger and more focused.
Thanks to David Bareford and his team for a challenging and interesting championship. It wasn’t an easy job to do with such a weather forecast on an mediterranean island, but we had it all: slow winds, fast take off, fog, clouds, missed targets, mud, all sorts of flags and great effort from all the pilots.
Thanks to Ricardo Aracil and his fantastic team for this event that we won’t forget. And we definitely won’t forget the award ceremonies, both of MBT and Europeans.
The 22nd European Hot Air Balloon Championship will be in Szeged, Hungary. See you there!
Photo and text credit Balloon Club Lituanica
Measuring report sheets of Őcsény Balloon Meeting 2019
First Hare and Hounds task at morning 29/09/2019
You can follow the balloons track when they are in the air. Electronic Notice Board is here.
Event Debriefing 13:00, 14th September 2019 in the Briefing Hangar
Results, online tracking
Task sheet of flight no. 8 – CANCELLED
Task sheet of flight no. 7
Task sheet of flight no. 6
Task sheet of flight no. 5 , Task17XDD.plt
12th September PM briefing cancelled due the wind increasing.
Task sheet of flight no. 5 – CANCELLED
Task sheet of flight no. 4
Task sheet of flight no. 3
Task sheet of flight no. 2
Task sheet of flight no. 1
- General Briefing information – 14:00 09th September 2019
- Invitation printable version – last update 30th December 2018
- Women European Cup and CE Cup Sanction Application – last update 29th December 2018
- Rules of CE Cup 2019 approved version -22/05/2019
- Competition Handbook
- Map of CE Cup 2017 with tracks and waypoints of airspaces and contest area and PZs and CLP (42116 kB). Probably same in 2019.
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Results of Kaunas Auga Cup 2019
- General Briefing information
- Competition Handbook 2018
- Rules last change 20:30 02/07/2019
- Map files: OZFX4, calibration file, JPG. PZ-CLPs (last change 20:30 02/07/2019)
|Registration at CC, “Via Baltica” hotel, Sargenai, Kaunas||04.07.2019||from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM|
|General and tasks breafing:||04.07.2019||7:00 PM|
|Last flight of the event:||07.07.2019||AM|
|Prize giving banquet:||07.07.2019||12:00 AM|
Pilots of Kaunas Auga Cup 2019
The CIA Planery sanctioned the following the following CAT1 Events in Szeged, Hungary:
- 1st Women European Cup and 3rd Central European Cup and 39th Hungarian National Championship and 4th Szeged Balloon Cup, 2019
- 4th Central European and 5th Szeged Balloon Cup, 2020
- 22nd FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship 2021