Sunday, 18 September 2016 12:17
What is the Mistral wind and why does it matter to balloon pilots? With Mistral forecast we look at what it is and how it can help or hinder balloonists this week...
Sunday, 18 September 2016 09:47
Preparations are underway here at the Gladbeck for launch on Sunday 18 September 2016, with pilots arriving at the balloon airfield. One of the first jobs for each team is to fill about 100 sandbags in preparation for the launch and flight...
Saturday, 17 September 2016 23:17
Pilots at the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett were today warned of possible thunderstorm activity in Italy, on their potential flight path later this week. We explain why that is such a serious issue for balloon pilots...
Saturday, 17 September 2016 21:13
The pilot briefing on Saturday 17 September 2016, 30-hours ahead of the launch time, had everyone talking about the weather. We asked some of the pilots what they thought of the forecast and what their strategy might be.
Saturday, 17 September 2016 19:30
The 6pm briefing on Saturday 17 2016, 30 hours before the 48 Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett pilots launch, was dominated by a weather briefing promising what can only be described as 'mixed' conditions across the Alps and south into the Mediterranean...
Saturday, 17 September 2016 18:57
There may only be two pilots in each basket at the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett but it takes a whole team to get them into the air. We talked to Team Lithuania to find out who's behind the scenes and what they do...
Saturday, 17 September 2016 11:53
Everyone seems to be filming, photographing or broadcasting on Facebook Live. The FAI Media Team explain where everything is being posted – and make a call for your aerial and competition files...
Saturday, 17 September 2016 11:49
Two English pilots had a very British adventure on Friday, when they launched a 500m3 fiesta gas balloon from Gladbeck on a flight performed in memory of Chris Wood, a former Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett pilot.
Friday, 16 September 2016 16:09
The youngest pilot in the Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett is Mateusz Rekas from Poland. At 25 he might be 45-years younger than the oldest pilot here, but he is definitely not inexperienced – this is his third time in the competition.