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2012 CIA Plenary Minutes

CIA-2012-Plenary-mtgThe Minutes of the 2012 CIA Plenary meeting in Birstonas, Lithuania are now available on the CIA Web site in the DOCUMENTS web page under Meeting.  The Plenary minutes are a PDF file and all the appendices in a separate compressed file.   So please download both for the complete set.

Also the 2012 Sporting Code - Section 1 - Aerostats is now also available for downloading from the Sporting Code area of DOCUMENTS.

Main decisions taken at the FAI Ballooning Commission 2012 Annual Meeting

logo cia 01 cmyk -ptThe 2012 Annual Meeting of the FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA) was held on 23 and 24 March 2012 in Birstonas, Lithuania. 

Here are the main decisions that have been taken during the meeting:

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17th FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship

logo_Lleida_2011The 17th FAI European Hot air Balloon Championship will take place in Lleida, from September 15th to September 23rd 2011.

83 pilots from all European Countries are going to compete in the 17th FAI European Hot air Balloon Championship.

The Official list includes 8 Scorer, 7 Target team chief, 16 Target team members.

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55th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

The launch of the 55th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennettwill take place in Gap-Tallard in the Hautes Alpes on September 10th or 11th 2011.

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105 years after the first race which took off from the Tuileries Gardens in front of 100 000 spectators, Gap-Tallard will, for the first time ever, host the oldest air race in the world, the famous Gordon Bennett Cup in Ballooning.

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Jean-Marc Badan appointed new FAI Secretary General

Jean-Marc_BadanJean-Marc Badan, the previous FAI Sports Director and Deputy to the Secretary General, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the International Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st October 2011.

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Latest news from the 2011 LUXGSM - World Balloon Trophy

The first flight took place in the afternoon of 28th with JDG and HWZ at the 2011 LUXGSM - World Balloon Trophy. The ANG was also expected to be flown but it was cancelled as the pilots had to wait a long time for the unstable atmosphere to disappear from the flight area. The results for these tasks are already on the results web page.

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Latest news from the 2011 LUXGSM - World Balloon Trophy

The General Briefing took place yesterday afternoon but it was raining very hard outside. All 31 pilots from 12 countries arrived and are ready to compete. Some are new and some came back after some years. There are some new faces around, which is very nice. The weather doesn't look very good but hopefully there will better weather for the weekend.

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2011 LUXGSM - World Balloon Trophy

The Echternach city will host from July 27th to 31st the 2011 LUXGSM - World Balloon Trophy sponsorized by Shell Gas (LPG). 31 pilots from Switzerland , Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg , Denmark, France ,Germany, Czek Republic, Lithuania, UK and Netherlands are going to compete in the 2011 LUXGSM - World Balloon Trophy.

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World Airship Ranking List (2010)

The Commission Internationale d’Aérostation (CIA), part of FAI, has published the World Pilot Ranking List taking into account the results of the 2 world championships for hot air airships (Russia, France). Airship competitions determine the most performing pilots in a combination of speed races navigational perfection and precision flying. Organisers favours such events generally attracting crowds of 20000 to 30000 spectators.

The Ranking List is led by 4 time world champion J.-A.Besnard from Switzerland.

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Join the FAI YouTube Channel

Join us on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/airsportschannel, and start to follow the Air Sports Channel to watch FAI Competitions videos.

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Annual Meeting of FAI Ballooning Commission, Tokyo 8-12 March , 2011

Approximately 50 delegates from various FAI Member countries attended the 2011 FAI Ballooning Commission meeting last week-end (A detailed summary of this meeting will be published soon).

The meeting was held on the 7th floor of the Aviation Building, downtown Tokyo, just when the earthquake struck Japan.

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