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20 balloons to participate in the 57th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

Logo GB13Following the call for registration which ended on 15 February, the countries participating in the 57th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett are now known, as well as the number of balloons representing each country. 20 gas balloons from 10 nations will take part in the event which will take place from 22 to 31 August 2013. The start point for the race is in Nancy, France.

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Duvoisin explains his new Eco-Balloon concept to the FAI Executive Board

duvoisin-eco-balloon 2Following their meeting this weekend in Lausanne, the FAI Executive Board members visited Château d'Oex and the annual International Balloon Festival.

During their visit, the Board were fortunate enough to meet Pierrick Duvoisin, a passionate balloon pilot and holder of four FAI World Records. Pierrick explained his latest 'Eco-Balloon' project, which he believes will change the nature of ballooning in the future thanks to the dramatic energy-saving design and performance.

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2012 Tochigi Hot Air Balloon International Championship

8255 TochigiThe pictures of the event are available on Flickr !

2012 Tochigi Hot Air Balloon International Championship

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The Tochigi Hot Air Balloon International Championship (FAI Category 1 event) will take place in the Japanese prefecture of Tochigi from 20 to 25 November 2012.
This event is the only FAI Category 1 event in the world with Observers.

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12th Debrecen Cup International Hot Air Balloon Competition in Hungary

Debrecen Cup 2Have a look at the pictures of this First Category Sporting Event !

57th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett: FAI flag handed over to Organiser

President hands over FAI flag 2During the closing ceremony of the 56th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett in Ebnat-Kappel (Switzerland), FAI President John Grubbström (right) handed over the FAI flag to Didier Sartelet, town mayor of Heillecourt and Vice President of the urban community of Greater Nancy (France), where the next edition of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett will be held next year from 22 to 31 August 2013.

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2nd FAI Women's European Hot Air Balloon Championship in Frankenthal, Germany

2466-2-w-euro-2A selection of pictures can be viewed on Flickr !

56th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

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The Gordon Bennett Cup is the most famous aviation event in the world. The objective of the race is simple: to fly the furthest distance from the start (Ebnat-Kappel, Switzerland) using the open airspace available.

This international gas balloon competition was initiated in 1906 by the adventurer James Gordon Bennett. This race is the 56th, 106 years after the first one.
The winning country has the right to stage the race two years later.
In 2010 the Swiss team won the race with a straight line distance flight of 2434 km from Bristol, England in 59 hours.

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20th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship in Battle Creek, USA

6738-WHABC battle-creek-WinnersBeautiful pictures of the competition available on Flickr

2012 LUXGSM - World Balloon Trophy - Echternach, Luxemburg

8256-2012 LUXGSM-World Balloon TrophyCheck out the pictures of the competition on Flickr !

1st FAI Junior World Hot Air Balloon Championship

7679 - 1st J W hot air winnersRokas Kostiuskevicius is the first Junior World Champion ! Watch all the pictures of the competition on Flickr

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