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.


2010 CIA Plenary Meeting (10 - 13 March)

The agenda for the 2010 Plenary Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland has been published and can be downloaded from CIA Meetings Web page.


CIA Newsletter Autumn 2009

The Autumn 2009 CIA Newsletter has been published and is now available.

New FAI Secretary General Appointed

Stéphane Desprez, former Competition Director of the 2008 Rugby World Cup in France, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the World Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st February 2010.


53rd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

The “53rd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett”, the famous international FAI aeronautical race, was launched Saturday evening from the Vessy Sports Center in Geneva (Switzerland).

16 gas-balloon teams from 8 nations participate in this race which started with a dramatic night-launch in perfect weather conditions.


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