Main decisions taken at the FAI Ballooning Commission 2014 Annual Meeting

logo cia 01 cmyk -ptThe 2014 Annual Meeting of the FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA) was held on 21 and 22 March 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

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

Future competitions

The organisation of the following competition has been awarded:


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

The Delegates applauded the detailed bids and presentations from two of the World’s most renowned organisers, Saga (Japan) and Albuquerque (USA). Both had been host cities for the Hot Air Balloon World Championship in the past.
The two host cities had been represented by strong delegations underpinning the dedication, willingness and capability to stage this great event.
Delegates very much appreciated these strong efforts for the future of ballooning and air sports in general.

Test Events will be compulsory for World and Continental Championships unless the organiser has recent and equivalent Category 1 experience (to be applied to events sanctioned in 2015).

Sporting Code changes

Other amendments will be included in the 2014 Version of Sporting Code Section 1.


CIA - Montgolfier - FRA - Roux-Devillas

The 2013 Mongolfier Ballooning Diploma (Major Contribution to the Development of the Sport of Ballooning) was awarded to Stella Roux Devillas from France.

Hall of Fame

The inductees for 2013 are:

  • Janne Balkedal (SWE)
  • Umberto Nobile (ITA) - posthumous

Youth camp

The Delegates agreed to support the 14th International Youth Camp with a donation of 2000 Euros to assist in the promotion and operation of the camp. The camp will take place in Radesin, Czech Republic, from 2 to 9 August 2014.

Bureau Elections   

President : Jean-Claude WEBER (LUX)
1st Vice President : Hans AKERSTEDT (SWE)
2nd Vice President : Uwe SCHNEIDER (GER)
3rd Vice President : Mark SULLIVAN (USA)
New / Secretary : Paolo Oggioni (ITA)

Subcommittee Chairperson    

Jury Board: Hans Akerstedt (SWE)
Officials SC: Steve Ireland (AUS)
Public & Media Relations SC: on hold
Records SC: Lindsay Muir (GBR)
Rules SC: Uwe Schneider (GER)
Safety & Education SC: Bengt Stener (SWE)
Event Development Services SC: Paolo Oggioni (ITA)
Competitors SC: Andy Baird (USA)
World Ranking List Keepers: Gerald Sturzlinger (AUT), Uwe Schneider (GER)
New / Technology SC: Claude Weber (LUX)
New / CIA Awards Working Group: Hans Akerstedt (SWE)

Technical Representatives & Special Duties

CASI : Jean-Claude WEBER (LUX)
EnvC : Steve IRELAND (AUS)
CANS : -
CIEA : -
Webmaster: Alex Nagorski (CAN)
World Air Games Liaison Officer: -

Next meeting

The next FAI Ballooning Commission annual meeting will take place on on 20 and 21 March 2015 at a place to be confirmed.


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