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Montgolfier day – 1783 the year when World changed!

Montgolfier day – 231 years ago the World changed!


Picture by Bennie Bos

Happy Montgolfier Day Everyone!
On the 21st November 1783, Pilâtre de Rozier & the Marquis d’Arlandes, made the first, manned, free ascent in a balloon, flying the Montgolfier Brothers built aerostat for about 5.5 miles (9 km) in approximately 25 minutes.
Benjamin Franklin wrote in his journal about witnessing the balloon take off: ‘We observed it lift off in the most majestic manner. When it reached around 250 feet in altitude, the intrepid voyagers lowered their hats to salute the spectators. We could not help feeling a certain mixture of awe and admiration.’

Awesome video from FAI

The FAI has released a new video featuring all air sports activities under the umbrella of the Federation. The 3-minute film succinctly presents the FAI sports and includes footage of FAI international records from Charles Lindbergh to Felix Baumgartner.

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The video sequences have been selected from various sources to highlight the beauty and diversity of Aeromodelling, Aerobatics, Ballooning, Experimental Aircraft, General Aviation, Gliding, Hang Gliding and Paragliding, Microlights and Paramotors, Parachuting and Rotorcraft.

“With this new video we aim to pass the bug for air sports to as many people as possible; all our sports have the great advantage of being exciting not only to practice, but also to watch,” said Secretary General Susanne Schödel. “We also want to emphasise that the FAI is part of the epic history of aviation and air sports, having ratified over the years more than 17,000 records including those of Lindbergh, Gagarin, Armstrong, Piccard, Fossett and Baumgartner, to name but a few.”

Electronic Notice Board of French Nationals

Electronic Notice Board of French Training Event Sablé-sur-Sarthe 2014The information of Electronic Notice Board of French Nationals will publish here soon.

Electronic Notice Board of French Training Event Sablé-sur-Sarthé 2014


Measuring reports

Flight3 18am

Flight2 17pm

Flight1 17am

Flight1 16pm- cancelled

Pilot list

  1. Jean-Philippe Odouard
  2. Stéphane Bolze
  3. Patrick Legendre
  4. François Messines
  5. Jérôme Bérard
  6. Léonore Vitry
  7. Rémi Ouvrard

14th International Youth Camp will be in Radesín, Czech

Invitation to participate in the 14th IYC:

14th International Youth Camp 2014

Dear young people,

We, the organisers of the 14th IYC, are very happy to invite you to the 14th International Youth Camp 2014! We welcome all young people who want to fly in a balloon and have the experience of a summer ballooning youth camp in Europe. The last few editions were in Germany, this year we’ve partnered up with Kubicek Balloons, and are very glad that we will be able to welcome you to the beautiful town of Radesin in the Czech Republic. We organise this summer camp, because we want to make our beautiful sport accessible to young people and to build a young international balloon community.

Among other things, our programme will consist of the following activities:

  • ballooning & chasing the balloon
  • introduction to the safety of ballooning
  • explore the surrounding area – visiting the Kubicek Balloons factory
  • campfire romanticism – event education games
  • swimming – football – volleyball
  • model ballooning
  • and a lot more!

Flying balloon is only possible at good weather in early morning or late evening, so all our activities depend very much on the weather conditions. We will often decide situational what is possible to do, ‘safety first’ is key in this decision. Our accommodation will be at a camp site on the Radesin Castle estate, where we will spend the nights in large tents. The meals will be cooked by all participants with the help of our kitchen team on site.

Date: 2 August 2014- 9 August 2014
Location: Radesin, Czech Republic
Organisers: Tim Diller and Jop van Hooft
Age: From 14 to 24 Years
Fee: 150 €
Register on:
Deadline: 30 April 2014

After the deadline we’ll contact the admitted participants! After that you have to organize your trip to Radesin by yourself. We will send you the participants list so you can travel together with other participants. If you have questions, simply get in touch with us.

We’re really looking forward to see you!. You may pass this invitation on to your friends and acquaintances, everybody is welcome.
Take care, good flights and we hope to welcome you this summer!

Kind regards,
Tim Diller and Jop van Hooft

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

Results of National Championships

Three National Championships held on this week: Hungary, Austria and Spain too.

Garab Szabolcs and Konecsni János - in same basket on the Czech Nationals

Garab Szabolcs and Konecsni János – in same basket on the Czech Nationals

Hungarian Nationals

  1. Konecsni János
  2. Garab Szabolcs
  3. Végh Sándor
  4. Nyíri Áron
  5. Nagy Péter
  6. Kádár Róbert
  7. Molnár Csaba

Seven flights, 17 tasks, Event Director: Paál Dávid.

Stefan Zeberli

Stefan Zeberli




Austrian Nationals
Waidhofen / Thaya

  1. Stefan ZEBERLI (SUI)
  2. Roman HUGI (SUI)
  3. Daniel KUSTERNIGG (AUT)

Seven flights, 22 tasks, Event Director:: Mathijs de Bruijn.

Carles Lladó,  Iván Ayala, Carles Figueras

Carles Lladó, Iván Ayala, Carles Figueras

Spanish Nationals

  1. Iván Ayala
  2. Carles Lladó
  3. Carles Figueras