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Kenny Chiang becomes the first Chinese pilot to compete in 2017 Challenger Cup

Kenny Chiang will open a new chapter in China's motorsport history in 2017, when he becomes the firs...

34th FAI World Gliding Championships 2017 are declared open

The 34th FAI World Gliding Championships in Benalla (AUS) was officially opened on Sunday, 08 Januar...

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Australia welcomes the world to the FAI World Gliding Championships 2017

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Aviation and Space: Diary-notifications and anniversaries for 2017

Throughout 2017 the FAI will mark some important anniversaries in aviation and space flight.

Aviation and Space: Diary-notifications and anniversaries fo....

Aviation and Space: Diary-notifications and anniversaries fo....

Throughout 2017 the FAI will mark some important anniversaries in aviation and space flight.

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FAI Air Sports in Asia Summit: Save the date, 20 March 2017

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Air Sports Join Olympic Channel

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Two years ago: Father and son set African Record

Two years ago: Father and son set African Record

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Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov awarded  FAI - Breitling Pilot of t....

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FAI World Gliding Championships -

Event ID

: 8962    

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

15 meter Class
18 meter Class
Open Class

Place

: Benalla (Australia)

Date(s)

: 08 Jan to 21 Jan 2017


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Bright Open -

Event ID

: 11541    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Bright (Australia)

Date(s)

: 14 Jan to 20 Jan 2017

Website

:http://www.brightopen.org


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Colombia - 1a Valida - Open -

Event ID

: 11567    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Roldanillo (Colombia)

Date(s)

: 14 Jan to 21 Jan 2017


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Monarca Paragliding Open -

Event ID

: 11641    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Valle de Bravo (Mexico)

Date(s)

: 15 Jan to 21 Jan 2017

Website

:http://www.monarcaopen.com


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Dannstadter Vergleichsfliegen -

Event ID

: 11956    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class
Open Class

Place

: Ludwigshafen - Dannstadt (Germany)

Date(s)

: 25 May to 05 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.vergleichsfliegen.de


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Upcoming Events

17 January 2017 _n/a World Cup Superfinal - Valadares (Brazil)
19 January 2017 1st Paragliding ASEAN Friendships Open - Pha Tak Suea, Sangkom, Nong khai (Thailand)
20 January 2017 2017 Paraski World Cup Series - bad Leonfelden (Austria)
21 January 2017 2017 Hombres Pajaro Colombia - Santa Elena (Colombia)
22 January 2017 2017 Corryong PG Open - Corryong (Australia)
24 January 2017 2017 F1N Indoor Open Ceminac - Ceminac (Croatia)
27 January 2017 2nd Open Roldanillo Colombia - Roldanillo (Colombia)
04 February 2017 2017 Swiss Open Indoor Masters - Widen (Switzerland)
06 February 2017 2017 Open Trujillo - Torococco (Venezuela)
09 February 2017 2017 Hang Gliding Japan Championship in Kinokawa Sky Grand Prix - Kinokawa (Japan)
09 February 2017 2017 Campeonato Argentino de Parapente Cuchi Corral - Cuchi Corral (Argentina)
11 February 2017 2017 Swiss Indoor Race - Pfäffikon (Switzerland)
11 February 2017 2017 Kiwi World Cup of New Zealand - Lost Hills, California (USA)
11 February 2017 2017 St Arnaud Paragliding League - St Arnaud, Tasman, south island (New Zealand)
12 February 2017 2017 Open Valle del Rísaralda - Valida Campeonato Colombiano de Parapente - Apia Risaralda (Colombia)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

07 January 2017 Gliding : Out-and-return distance : 1713,1 km Jean-Marc Perrin (SUI)
07 January 2017 Gliding : Free out-and-return distance : 1713,1 km Jean-Marc Perrin (SUI)
07 January 2017 Gliding : Speed over an out-and-return course of 1 500 km : 142,75 km/h Jean-Marc Perrin (SUI)
01 January 2017 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 300 km : 197,83 km/h Terrence Raymond Delore (NZL)
30 December 2016 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 750 km : 142,84 km/h Anja Kohlrausch (GER)
29 December 2016 Gliding : Triangle Distance : 555,8 km Mauro Brunazzo (ITA)
27 December 2016 Gliding : Free triangle distance : 661,7 km Mauro Brunazzo (ITA)
26 December 2016 Gliding : Speed over an out-and-return course of 500 km : 104,52 km/h Mauro Brunazzo (ITA)
26 December 2016 Gliding : Free out-and-return distance : 501,36 km Mauro Brunazzo (ITA)
26 December 2016 Gliding : Out-and-return distance : 501,36 km Mauro Brunazzo (ITA)
17 December 2016 Gliding : Free distance using up to 3 turn points : 1141,7 km Anja Kohlrausch (GER)
17 December 2016 Gliding : Distance using up to 3 turn points : 1'137,2 km Anja Kohlrausch (GER)
17 December 2016 Gliding : Distance using up to 3 turn points : 1'137,2 km Anja Kohlrausch (GER)
17 December 2016 Gliding : Distance using up to 3 turn points : 1'300.00 km Valentin Mäder (SUI)
15 December 2016 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed around the world over both the Earth's poles : 9,6 km/h Michel Angel Gordillo Urquia (ESP)
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18th Coupe Aéronautiqe Gordon Bennett - St.Louis (USA) 1929

Start in St.Louis, Manion Park, September 28th      

From the Book: Die Gordon Bennett Ballon Rennen
(The Gordon Bennett Races) by Ulrich Hohmann Sr

One had returned to the place of launch of 1907 and 1910, mostly to commemorate John Wise, who had met death exactly 50 years ago, on September 29th, 1897, on a balloon flight across Lake Michigan. John Wise was the most outstanding pioneer of early aeronautics in the United States. He became famous, when he set a world record flying 803 miles in 20 hours and 40 minutes from St. Louis to Henderson (NY) on July 1st, 1859. It was a pity, that only nine balloons took part in a race to honour him. One reason for this were the high expenses, European teams had to pay for the long journey and their stay in the US, the other reason was the more and more pressing superiority of the American balloons. The GOODYEAR company had ordered their best engineers and research scientists to develop new and lighter fabrics and all three balloons of the US teams took their profit of this development. Also, the team van Orman/McCracken was equipped with the most modern navigation aids of their time and so were considered as favourites before the launch. Under these circumstances, it is astonishing, that Germany took part in the race with two balloons, other European nations had sent, if they did, just one. With Great Britain, Italy and Spain, three nations, taking part in almost every race since the beginning, were no longer present. Italy and Spain took part in one race each some years later, Great Britain did not return to the races till 1983, their interest had almost come to an end.

Public interest was also reduced. Other events seized the headlines of the newspapers. LZ 127 GRAF ZEPPELIN had opened civil aviation between Germany and America when this airship flew from Friedrichshafen in Germany to Lakehurst in 111.5 hours under captain Hugo Eckener on October 11th, 1928. And it was just one month ago (August 28th, 1929) when the same ship had successfully finished a round the world-flight in 21 days. One day after the launch of the Gordon Bennett Race Fritz von Opel made the first successful flight with a plane, powered by rockets. That was more interesting than a gas balloons! The spectacular flights with a balloon to the stratosphere happened several years later.

One pilot in this race was the Argentinean Eduardo Bradley. He took part in the race for the second and unfortunately last time. His grand parents had lived in Boston/USA but then emigrated to Buenos Aires. Eduardo Bradley was the best known balloon pilot of South America. In 1909 he had been the first man to cross the Andes by air in a balloon, now he was the Secretary of the civil aviation authority of Argentina.

He began his trip to the race as passenger of the first airmail flight from Buenos Aires to Miami, which lasted 56 hours. The following railroad travel from Miami to St. Louis took him 54 hours. The race was unfortunately for him. Very bad weather forced him to land after about 18 hours south of Terre Haute (Indiana). A tree was in his way, both pilots were thrown overboard. His co-pilot, lieutenant Francisco J. Cadavan caught some bruses, but Bradley got a complicated break of his knee and had to stay in the Union Hospital of Terre Haute for one month.

After take-off at 4 p.m. the balloons crossed the home town of Lindbergh at low speed, heading north east. It rained without interruption and forced the competitors to dump a lot of ballast. The next day brought thunderstorms, that had to be over flown in high altitudes. Experienced Gordon Bennett pilots agreed after the flight, that this race was the most difficult since then.

Ward T. van Orman won the second time (after 1926), short but clear ahead of his fellow citizen W. E. Kepner, who had won the previous year. The fact, that the third rank was also covered by an American is unique in the history of the races an demonstrates the superiority of the American balloons. Demuyter had to be satisfied with rank 4, the two German balloons had a disappointing rank 7 and 8.

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