Saturday, 23 July 2016 14:58
Russian veteran traveler Fedor Konyukhov, 64, landed safe and sound near the small town of Bonnie Rock on 23 July at 16.15 local time (08.15 UTC) after a 11 day 8 hours and 42 minutes flight in a Roziere combined (hybrid) hot-air and helium gas balloon challenging the 2002 performance of aviation legend Steve Fossett (320 hours 33 minutes). Now, they are both the only pilots to have completed the solo circumnavigation.
Friday, 22 July 2016 16:32
The list of open countries, where the gas balloons of the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett can fly, is now published.
The balloons will lift off from Gladbeck, Germany, on 16 September 2016. The winning team will be the one that flies the furthest away from the take-off site.
Thursday, 14 July 2016 10:47
On Tuesday, 12 July at 07:30 Local Time (00:30 UTC), Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov, 65, took off in a hot-air balloon in Northam, Western Australia, in a bid to beat the record time for a solo flight around the world. This has only been achieved once before by no other than the late American aviator legend Steve Fossett, who also took off from Northam Airfield in 2002 and is still a current FAI World Record. Konyukhov and his team have been preparing for the challenge for close to a year. He is confident that the balloon’s new technology will help him to break the standing record. He is hoping to fly 33,000km in 13 days or less.
Thursday, 28 April 2016 15:40
The 2015 FAI Annual Report provides an overview of all our activities with plenty of pictures. More compact than the previous editions, it includes the competitions, records, awards, our sponsor Breitling, our partner Red Bull Air Race, and much more!
Friday, 08 April 2016 17:12
The 2016 Plenary Meeting of the FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA) was held from 18 – 19 March 2016 in Cala Millor, Mallorca Island, Spain.
Please find below the main decisions and discussions during the meeting:
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 11:27
61st Aeronautical Cup for Gas Balloons in 2017
The Canton of Fribourg will have the honour of organising the prestigious Aeronautical Cup for Gas Balloons, the ‘Gordon Bennett’ (FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship) in 2017. In Spain last weekend, the FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA) (which runs the FAI’s ballooning activities) confirmed the choice of Fribourg. It adopted the proposal made by the National Ballooning Commission (FSA) back in November 2015. This international competition, which brings together the world’s best balloonists, will take place near the airstrip in Epagny, just below the Château de Gruyères and amongst the foothills of the Alps. The event will run from 7 to 16 September 2017. For ‘four cornerstones of the Fribourg economy’ a dream will come true.
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 17:13
180 days to go until the 60th edition of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship. This year the individual stories of the pilots full of adventure, skill, courage, survival and luck will continue in Gladbeck (GER) from 15 – 24 September 2016.
Thursday, 10 March 2016 16:31
Swiss pilot Jacques-Antoine Besnard wins the 3rd FAI European Hot Air Airship Championship in Rottach-Egern (GER) before the two Germans Andreas Merk and Ralph Kremer. The European Championship took place from 24 - 29 February 2016 in the beautiful Tegernseer Valley in Bavaria, Germany.
Monday, 21 December 2015 20:28
From 1 to 12 December, the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 celebrated air sports from around the world.
875 athletes from 55 countries competed in the biggest air sport event ever organised !
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 08:07
Good morning from Dubai, where the skies are clear and the temperature is warm – it’s a beautiful place to be in December.
Today, Tuesday December 1, 2015, we’ve got a whole host of athletes, competitors and pilots setting up and getting to grips with what is to come: two weeks of the best air sports event in the world.
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 17:30
Swiss Team SUI 01 Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witprächtiger (left) won the 59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship. Having left Pau, France, in the evening of the 28 August, they landed near Jaczno, Poland, after 68h 20min and 2080.80 km from the take-off point at about 8:30am on 1 September. Last year’s winners Team GER 01 Wilhelm Eimers and Matthias Zenge reached the second place with 2071.61 km, and Nicolas Tièche and Laurent Sciboz from Switzerland third with 2067.76 km.