Tuesday, 20 September 2016 18:18
Five balloons are left in the race after a day that has seen the three leading pilots stretch ahead by several hundred kilometres, and many others landing after some 40-hours of flying...
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:38
Stefan Handl, Event Director, gives his thoughts on the race unfolding today. 'The second group will be looking to use the Mistral wind-effect and then exit the mainland of France and continue on to the Mediterranean sea...'
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 11:38
“After 12 hours all you want to do is land.” Talking before the race launch on Sunday night, British balloonist Jonathan Harris, who has been a pilot in the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett and was there supporting Team GBR 01, explained a little about the mental side of this sport...
Monday, 19 September 2016 14:52
Leonid Tiukhtyaev broke the long-standing distance and duration records for gas ballooning in 2015 when he and co-pilot Troy Bradley flew 10,711km across the Pacific Ocean. The flight took 160.6 hours. What does he think of the race?
Monday, 19 September 2016 14:27
In the basket with Team SUI2 on Day 1 of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett. Pilots Nicolas Tieche and Laurent Sciboz have covered 250km so far, and shared this amazing photo with us at Race HQ in Gladbeck.
Monday, 19 September 2016 02:01
The race is on! Gas-balloonists from a dozen countries launched early this morning at the start of what is aviation’s oldest and most prestigious gas-balloon race – the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett.
Monday, 19 September 2016 01:47
The 2016 FAI World Parachuting Championships – Mondial is drawing to a close, two days earlier than expected due to the good weather over the week. The final rounds of Accuracy was performed yesterday and, all being well, the closing ceremony was held last night, Sunday 18 September 2016.
Sunday, 18 September 2016 17:14
Balloonists at the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett will start to launch at 10pm CET this evening. Follow the action live online through this website – live tracking, webcams and news updates throughout the evening.
Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:49
“It took months!” says air traffic controller Robin Lehmann about securing permissions from the 37 different countries that have granted permission to the competition's 24 balloons. We find out more about him and his job here at the competition...