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.


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.


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.


54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett : Lost team and balloon found off the Italian coast

The bodies of the two missing American balloonists have been found today in the Adriatic Sea, off the Italian coast 10 miles north of Vieste, Italian officials say.


FAI President hails Tochigi Championship a success

Having returned to Sweden after taking part in the Tochigi Hot Air Balloon International Championship as a private competitor, FAI President Dr. John Grubbström shares his impressions of the competition.

"It has been a very competitive Championship, with the very best pilots in attendance, including World Champion Johnny Petrehn, and I must say that I have been impressed by the high level of the observers: they were really world class."


Tochigi Hot Air Balloon International Championship

The Tochigi Hot Air Balloon International Championship will take place in Tochigi, Japan, in November (18th to 23th November 2010).

This event also includes the final round of the 2010 Hot Air Balloon HONDA Grand Prix . 29 pilots are going to compete in the Tochigi International championship while 21 teams are participating to the Honda Grand Prix.


19th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship about to start !

The 19th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship will take place in Debrecen, Hungary from 2nd to 10th October 2010.


54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett - International Gas Ballon Race

Up to 21 teams from 12 countries around the world will compete in the 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett. Taking off at dusk from a site near Bristol, the team which flies the furthest distance from the start point wins the race.


2010 CIA Plenary Minutes (12 - 13 March 2010)

The download the complete minutes and agenda from the CIA Meetings Web page.

2010 CIA Plenary Meeting News Release

Download the Press Release for the Annual Meeting of the FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA), held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 12th and 13th March 2010.


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