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Briefing: 10am 18 September 2016

GB2016 gladbeck 20Pilots had a briefing this morning at 10am, where the weather was again discussed. Hot topics included probable landing conditions before the mistral, and a timetable for launch this evening...

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Explainer: What is the Mistral and what does it mean for pilots?

GB2016 gladbeck 17What 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...

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Sandbagged: Tough job but someone has to do it

GB2016 gladbeck 11Preparations 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...

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Thunderstorms: What’s the big deal?

GB2016 gladbeck 18Pilots 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...

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Who's going where and what do pilots think?

GB2016 gladbeck 16The 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.

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Briefing, 6pm Sat 17 Sept 2016: Storms on the horizon

GB2016 gladbeck 19The 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...

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It’s a Team Sport: What makes a Gordon Bennett Team?

GB2016 gladbeck 14There 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...

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Brian Jones: ‘The adventure is intense’

GB2016 gladbeck 9Brian Jones is a legend in ballooning circles. Along with Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard the pair became the first balloonists to circumnavigate the world back in 1999.

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Eye in the Sky: Social media at the Gordon Bennett

GB2016 gladbeck 13Everyone 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...

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Will Wood flies far, in memory of his dad

GB2016 gladbeck 12Two 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.

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The Gordon Bennett: A young man’s game?

GB2016 gladbeck 7The 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.

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