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.
Friday, 28 August 2015 16:25
7 hours to go until the take-off of the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship. The launch of the 17 Teams representing 8 Nations is scheduled for today Friday, 28 August at 22:45 CEST (21:45 UTC) at the Horserace tracks (Hippodrome de Pau).
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:08
The Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship, is the oldest and most prestigious event in aviation and the ultimate challenge for the pilots. It is a story full of adventure, skill, courage, survival and luck. The goal is simple: to fly the furthest non-stop distance from the launch site. The international competition was initiated by adventurer and newspaper tycoon James Gordon Bennett Jr. in 1906. Little did he know that this race was to continue until today.
The 59th edition is hosted in Pau, France, on the northern edge of the Pyrenees, 100 km from the Atlantic Ocean and 50km from Spain. In a few days 16 teams of the world’s best gas balloon pilots representing 8 nations will compete. Given the current weather-outlook, all looks for a ”go” on Friday night around sunset at the Hippodrome of Pau. The Prize Ceremony will be held on Friday, 4 September at the Hippodrome of Pau with a spectacular Closing Ceremony to finish the event.
Monday, 27 July 2015 11:51
FAI invites you to visit the new event website for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. Managed by the Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF) as the host of the event, it offers quick and easy access to essential information about the Games.
Thursday, 16 July 2015 11:52
The Hot Air Balloons and Hot Air Airships Bulletins for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 is now available for download.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 09:51
FAI has ratified two world records following the Two Eagle Balloon's fantastic flight across the Pacific Ocean in January.
It took Leonid Tyukhtyaev from Russia and Troy Bradley from USA (above holding the Mexican flag after being taken to shore by a fishing boat in Baja) an incredible 160 hours 34 minutes to reach Baja, Mexico, from Saga, Japan !
Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:13
Balloon World Record not broken since
We are pleased to continue our series of world record celebrations with an exceptional woman in ballooning sports: British Lindsay Muir. She established a female category duration world record for balloons in class AX-10 (Hot-air balloons: 4.000 to 6.000 m³) for a flight of 19h 07min 55sec on 21 May 2000 with the balloon “Lindstrand LBL-210 A” (G-FVBF).
Monday, 23 March 2015 15:30
The 2015 Annual Meeting of the FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA) was held on 20 and 21 March 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, the pilots who crossed the Pacific Ocean earlier the year onboard the Two Eagles balloon, honoured the meeting with their presence.
Here are the main decisions that were taken during the meeting:
Monday, 09 March 2015 15:14
The FAI has today announced the list of the 11 sports and 24 disciplines selected for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. More than 1000 athletes, crews and officials will be involved in the multi air sports event. It will be the biggest FAI World Air Games ever organised.
Monday, 02 February 2015 09:24
Two Eagles Balloon landed on Saturday just off the Baja coast near La Poza Grande in Mexico, at six days, 16 hours and 37 minutes into the mission after taking off from Saga, Japan, on Sunday 25 January. The pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev made a controlled descent to a gentle water landing about four miles off the Baja coast. They have been picked up by a fishing boat and taken to shore.