Monday, 19 September 2016 02:01
The race is on! Gas-balloonists from a dozen countries launched early this morning at the start of what is aviation’s oldest and most prestigious gas-balloon race – the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett.
Sunday, 18 September 2016 17:14
Balloonists at the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett will start to launch at 10pm CET this evening. Follow the action live online through this website – live tracking, webcams and news updates throughout the evening.
Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:49
“It took months!” says air traffic controller Robin Lehmann about securing permissions from the 37 different countries that have granted permission to the competition's 24 balloons. We find out more about him and his job here at the competition...
Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:47
It’s been a busy morning and early afternoon in Gladbeck as pilots prepare their balloons and baskets for launch. We invited ourselves round to Team USA-03 to see their new baby – a brand new lightweight Woerner basket...
Sunday, 18 September 2016 12:17
What is the Mistral wind and why does it matter to balloon pilots? With Mistral forecast we look at what it is and how it can help or hinder balloonists this week...
Sunday, 18 September 2016 09:47
Preparations are underway here at the Gladbeck for launch on Sunday 18 September 2016, with pilots arriving at the balloon airfield. One of the first jobs for each team is to fill about 100 sandbags in preparation for the launch and flight...
Saturday, 17 September 2016 23:17
Pilots at the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett were today warned of possible thunderstorm activity in Italy, on their potential flight path later this week. We explain why that is such a serious issue for balloon pilots...
Saturday, 17 September 2016 21:13
The pilot briefing on Saturday 17 September 2016, 30-hours ahead of the launch time, had everyone talking about the weather. We asked some of the pilots what they thought of the forecast and what their strategy might be.
Saturday, 17 September 2016 19:30
The 6pm briefing on Saturday 17 2016, 30 hours before the 48 Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett pilots launch, was dominated by a weather briefing promising what can only be described as 'mixed' conditions across the Alps and south into the Mediterranean...