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59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett: Victory for Swiss Team SUI 01 Frieden and Witprächtiger!

GB2015-UI 01 - Opening Ceremony - winners - closeSwiss Team SUI 01 Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witprächtiger (left) won the 59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship. Having left Pau, France, in the evening of the 28 August, they landed near Jaczno, Poland, after 68h 20min and 2080.79 km from the take-off point at about 8:30am on 1 September. Last year’s winners Team GER 01 Wilhelm Eimers and Matthias Zenge reached the second place with 2071.62km, and Nicolas Tièche and Laurent Sciboz from Switzerland third with 2067.75 km.

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France Holds On to its FAI Aerobatic World Championships Titles - Rob Holland Freestyle World Champion for the Third Consecutive Time

WAC2015-winnersFrance takes home all gold medals at the 28th FAI World Aerobatics Championships: general rankings, team ranking, individual male and individual female.

After ten days of a particularly challenging competition French pilot Capitaine Alexandre Orlowski (France - left) is the new World Champion.

The French female pilot Aude Lemordant (left) also takes gold at the women’s competition. She finishes fifth in general rankings, just behind Capitaine François Rallet (France), Castor Fantoba (Spain), Mikhail Mamistov (Russia) and Gerald Cooper (Great Britain).

As for the Freestyle programme, for the first time in the history of the FAI World Aerobatic Championships, Rob Holland from USA has won the Final Freestyle three times in a row (2011, 2013, 2015)

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59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett – Preparations in Full Swing !

7 hours to go until the take-off of the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship. The launch of the 17 Teams representing 8 Nations is scheduled for today Friday, 28 August at 22:45 CEST (21:45 UTC) at the Horserace tracks (Hippodrome de Pau).

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Follow the 59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett online - Launch of the gas balloons on Friday !

gb2015The Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship, is the oldest and most prestigious event in aviation and the ultimate challenge for the pilots. It is a story full of adventure, skill, courage, survival and luck. The goal is simple: to fly the furthest non-stop distance from the launch site. The international competition was initiated by adventurer and newspaper tycoon James Gordon Bennett Jr. in 1906. Little did he know that this race was to continue until today.

The 59th edition is hosted in Pau, France, on the northern edge of the Pyrenees, 100 km from the Atlantic Ocean and 50km from Spain. In a few days 16 teams of the world’s best gas balloon pilots representing 8 nations will compete. Given the current weather-outlook, all looks for a ”go” on Friday night around sunset at the Hippodrome of Pau. The Prize Ceremony will be held on Friday, 4 September at the Hippodrome of Pau with a spectacular Closing Ceremony to finish the event.

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The First World Championship in the 13.5 Metre Class

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The first World Gliding Championship in the 13.5 Metre Class took place at Pociunai, Lithuania 1-16 August 2015. The competition was held in combination with the Lithuanian Club Class/Mix Class Nationals. The combined event served as a practice event for next year’s 34th World Gliding Championships in the Club, Standard, and 20 meter Multi-seat Classes.

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Châteauroux Welcomes the Pilots of the 28th FAI World Aerobatic Championship

chateauroux-opening-ceremonyComing from all parts of the globe, the participants in the 28th FAI World Aerobatic Championship received a warm welcome by the population of Châteauroux, France, this afternoon. Crowds cheered the pilots as they paraded down the streets of the city until the main place, where more than 2000 people had gathered to greet them and attend the opening ceremony. Officials' speeches were followed by two spectacular passages of the French Air Force display team and an aerial dance show.

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Brilliant Bonhomme Wins Ascot with 3rd Win of Season, Hall Takes 2nd

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13th FAI European Microlight Championships Declared Open !

2015-E-Microlight-Chps-POLFor the third time in history, Poland is hosting an FAI Category 1 event for microlights. On Saturday 15 August, the 13th FAI European Microlight Championships were declared open at Kruszyn Airfield in Wloclawek, some 200 km northwest of Warsaw. Teams from 11 nations are competing in 4 valid classes for the title of European champion.

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The 15th FAI World Helicopter Championship Comes to a Close

WHC 2015.08.16 fot.stanislawmalinowski 15As the 15th FAI World Helicopter Championship came to an end on Saturday at the airport Przylep in Zielona Góra, the Russian domination in this spectacular sport was confirmed. Maxim Sotnikov and Oleg Puajukas finished at the top of the general rankings, while Russia also triumphed in the teams, before Belarus and Ukraine. A great 8th place was obtained by the best Polish crew – brothers Marcin and Michal Szamborski. In the junior rankings, Jędrzej Wiler and Jacek Ciszewski came second.

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The Medalists of the 15th FAI World Helicopter Championship Are Now Known

WHC 2015.08.16 fot.stanislawmalinowski 9 Saturday was the most important day of the 15th FAI World Helicopter Championship. As was expected, Russians took the most valuable trophies. In the overall standings, which consist of the sum of the points obtained in the four Navigation, Precision Competition, Fender Rigging and Parallel Slalom competitions, Maxim Puajukas and Oleg Sotnikov won with 1194,1 points (out of 1200 possible). The next steps on the podium were taken by Viktor Korotaev and Vladimir Ziablikov (1183,6 points) and Aleksei Maiorov and Sergei Kostin (1177,4 points). The highest ranked Polish were brothers Marcin and Michal Szamborski who finished at the 8th place (1150 points).

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15th FAI World Helicopter Championship - Day 2: Felix Baumgartner's Visit and Fender Rigging Event

WHC 2015.08.16 fot.stanislawmalinowski 11In the second day of the 15th FAI World Helicopter Championship, points that counted for the general rankings could be made during the Fender Rigging event. Like the day before, representatives of Russia were the leaders of the event. Today most Polish fans cheered the two brothers Marcin and Michal Szamborski, who rose to the 5th place of the overall rankings. The highlight of the day at the airport Przylep was the visit of Felix Baumgartner, well known for being part of the Red Bull Stratos project.

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