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Guinness World Record Attempt: Asia – Europe flight

The participants of International Sport Competition of Hot Air Balloons “Sky Fair – 2013” – which was FAI Sporting Event – made a special flight after the contest program. We travelled from Kungur (host city, Perm region) to near Pervouralsk (satellite city of Yekaterinburg) at evening 5th July 2013. There is monument with a huge column which shows the border of Europe and Asia  (56.870553, 60.047951). Twenty-two balloons are arrived to the meeting point. The distance is 250 km between Kungur and Pervouralsk which is not so much but the journey was hard because the Russian bus and roads. We had a good lunch and some rest. The organisers provided a nice folklore show too.

Folklore show at border of Europe and Asia

Folklore show at border of Europe and Asia

Some balloons are prepared to take-off close to the monument and the rests are moved to a nearby glade after the briefing in the Asian side. We didn’t plan long flight because huge forests, big lakes and few glades were in the flying area. The destination was only crossing the border of the two continents which was successful.

Briefing before the flight

Briefing before the flight

Launch from Asia

Launch from Asia

We recorded and scored the flights with same tools as the competition flights. The officials of the FAI Sporting Event checked the tracks of GPS loggers after the flights. One pilot turned on the GPS logger during the flight. We can’t record his take-off position but that was the first documented Event were many hot air balloons flight over the Europe – Asia border. The organiser will apply for the approval of Guinness Record.

Europe - Asia flight

The green line is the border of Europe and Asia. The tracks of the balloons are red.

Asia Europe flight. We started at first and we flew southernmost.

Asia Europe flight. We started at first and we flew southernmost.

Mor photos from the Event are herehere, here and here.

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.

The first manned flight was on 21th November 1783

Mongolfier balloon first mannd flightWith the successful demonstration at Versailles, and again in collaboration with Réveillon, Étienne started construction of a 60,000-cubic-foot (1,700 m3) balloon for the purpose of making flights with humans. The balloon was about seventy-five feet tall and about fifty feet in diameter. It had rich decorative touches supplied by Réveillon. The color scheme was gold figures on a deep blue background. Fleur-de-lis, signs of the zodiac, and suns with Louis XVI’s face in the center interlaced with the royal monogram in the central section graced the majestic machine. Red and blue drapery and golden eagles were at the base of the balloon. It is fitting that Étienne Montgolfier was the first human to lift off the earth, making at least one tethered flight from the yard of the Réveillon workshop in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine. It was most likely on October 15, 1783. A little while later on that same day, Pilâtre de Rozier became the second to ascend into the air, to an altitude of 80 feet (24 m), which was the length of the tether.

Pilatre de RozierOn 21th November 1783, the first free flight by humans was made by Pilâtre, together with an army officer, the marquis d’Arlandes. The flight began from the grounds of the Château de la Muette (close to the Bois de Boulogne (park)) in the western outskirts of Paris. They flew aloft about 3,000 feet (910 m) above Paris for a distance of nine kilometres. After 25 minutes, the machine landed between the windmills, outside the city ramparts, on the Butte-aux-Cailles. Enough fuel remained on board at the end of the flight to have allowed the balloon to fly four to five times as far. However, burning embers from the fire were scorching the balloon fabric and had to be daubed out with sponges. As it appeared it could destroy the balloon, Pilâtre took off his coat to stop the fire.

Photo collections from the 1st FAI Junior Hot Air Balloon Championship

Picture collections from 1st FAI Junior Hot Air Balloon ChampionshipYou may find here few links for photo collections from the 1st FAI Junior Hot Air Balloon Championship.


Last Task Sheet of the 1st FAI Junior Hot Air Balloon Championship

The Event Debriefing of the 1st FAI Junior Hot Air Balloon Championship will start at 17:00. The last task briefing will start 18:30. The Task sheet is ready: calculated rate of approach task and Minimum distance time. Two take-off is permitted.
Rokas Kostiuskevicius was the best pilot after 10 tasks but three tasks results are not published. The championship is still open.
Good luck!


Latest information:
A cold front approaching the area. Flight will be cancelled on the Task Briefing at 18:30 26/05/2012. No more competiton flight on 1st FAI Junior Hot Air Balloon Championship.

1st FAI Junior World Hot Air Balloon Championship will start in a bit more than two months

Today we send you a link to ZIPed electronic map calibrated for OziExplorer and a link to map image if you use other mapping software. Each file is approx. 20 MB large.

Competition rules version 2012 will be approved by CIA Plenary Meeting this week. Thereafter all updated sections of the rules will be published at the event website.

1st FAI Junior World Hot Air Balloon Championship, Invitation and Section I and II

 1st  FAI Junior World  Hot Air Balloon ChampionshipUnder the Sanction granted by the Commission Internationale d‘Aerostation (CIA) of the FAI, the Aero Club of Lithuania has the great pleasure to invite 2 competitors from your country to take part in 1st FAI Junior World Hot Air Balloon Championship.
We are kindly asking you to nominate top 2 junior pilots (must be aged less than 27 years the year of the event ) for the World Championship and send the list of junior pilots of your country according to their ranking for the second invitation round with all information as soon as possible.

The entry closing date of the first invitation round is 1st February 2012.

Location: Marijampolé, Lithuania.

Second round will start if quota of 30 pilots will be not reached. In that case each country,
which have registered 2 competitors, will get an equal number of extra places. The umber of extra places will be a subject of deficit in the first invitation round places.

The official invition to national aero club available from here.

The latest version of rules CIA-AX-MER-2012 will be published here for download as soon as possible prior the championship. Section III should be confirmed by CIA Plenary meeting in March 2012.
Section I and two available from here.

Today 228 years ago the first manned balloonflight

The Montgolfier's Balloons The brothers, Joseph Michel and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier, were inventors of the first hot air balloon. They used the smoke from a fire to blow hot air into a silk bag. The silk bag was attached to a basket. The hot air then rose and allowed the balloon to be lighter-than-air.

In 1783, the first passengers in the colorful balloon were a sheep, rooster and duck. It climbed to a height of about 6,000 feet and traveled more than 1 mile.

After this first success, the brothers began to send men up in balloons. The first manned flight was on November 21, 1783, the passengers were Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier and  François Laurent d’Arlandes.

Today 228 years ago the first manned balloonflight