Main decisions taken at the FAI Ballooning Commission 2013 Annual Meeting

logo cia 01 cmyk -ptThe 2013 Annual Meeting of the FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA) was held from 20 to 23 March 2013 in Rio, Brazil.

Here are the main decisions that were taken during the meeting:

Future competitions


  • 18th FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship, Wloclawek, Poland (6-14 Sept)
  • Tochigi Hot Air Balloon International Championship, Tochigi, Japan (19 – 24 Nov)
  • 18th Coupe d’Europe de Montgolfieres & Ladies World Cup, Mainfonds,  France (1 -4 Aug)


  • 21st FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship, Sao Carlos, Brazil (18-27 July)
  • 58th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett
    Awarded to Vichy, France
    Dates: 30 August - 7 September
  • 2nd FAI Junior World Hot Air Balloon Championship
    Awarded to: Vichy, France
    Dates: 31 August - 6 September


  • 19th FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship
    Awarded to Debrecen, Hungary
    Dates: 11 - 17 August
  • 3rd FAI Women’s European Hot Air Balloon Championship
    Awarded to: Drenthe, Netherlands
    Dates: 15 - 19 September

Check out the calendar for all Ballooning past and future events.

Mongolfier Diploma

Best Performance - Hot Air Balloons 2011

awarded to Stephan Zeberli (Switzerland)

Contribution to the Sport 2012

awarded Paolo Bonanno (Italy)

Paolo Bonanno Montgolfier Ballooning Diploma 2012

CIA Hall of Fame

CIA Hall of Fame Inductees elected for 2012:

  • Living: Joseph W. Kittinger (USA)          
  • Posthumous: Rev. John Mackenzie Bacon, (UK) 

Bureau election

President: Jean-Claude Weber (LUX)
1st Vice President: Hans Akerstedt SWE)
2nd Vice President: Uwe Schneider (GER)
3rd Vice-President: Mark Sullivan (USA)
Secretary: Alex Nagorski (CAN)

Sub-committee Chairmen/women

Jury Board: Hans Akerstedt (SWE)
Officials SC: Martine Besnainou (FRA)
Public & Media Relations SC: NO CHAIR
Records SC: Lindsay Muir (GBR)
Rules SC: Uwe Schneider (GER)
Safety & Education SC: Bengt Stener (SWE)
Event Development  Services: Paolo Oggioni (ITA)
Competitors SC: Andy Baird (USA)
New Technology SC: Claude Weber (LUX)

Technical Representatives & Special Duties

New / CASI: Jean-Claude Weber (LUX)
New / EnvC: Steve Ireland (AUS)
New / CIMP: David Bareford (GBR)
New / CIEA: Volker Loschhorn (GER)
New / Webmaster: Alex Nagorski (CDN)
World Air Games Liaison Officer: -

Next meeting

The next FAI Ballooning Commission annual meeting will take place on 21 to 22 March 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland.