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To the victors the spoils! Swiss pilots reign at Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2016

gb2016 winnersSwitzerland’s Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechtiger (Team SUI 1) were crowned champions of the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett – the world’s most prestigious gas balloon race – at an elegant ceremony in Gladbeck, northwest Germany tonight.

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How to survive 48 hours - or more - in a 1m2 gas balloon basket

FotorCreated team large 2Gas balloon racing teams often spend days in the air - sharing a tiny space and sometimes dealing with stressful situations. Here, Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett pilots explain what makes a partnership capable of surviving a long-distance flight in such cramped conditions.

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Red Bull Air Race 2016: Cristian Bolton poised to become first Chilean in the Red Bull Air Race Master Class

resized P-20160603-00810_HiRes_JPEG_24bit_RGBAfter making history for his nation and Latin America across three seasons of Air Racing in the Challenger Class, Bolton is preparing to fly for world championship points when the Red Bull Air Race makes its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on 1-2 October.

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CIAM Flyer (5-2016) - Flying the little machine, of course by hand

ciam flyer05-2016Competing in F2B is difficult
Imagine manually controlling a flying object travelling at 23 metres per second at 1.5 metres above ground, manoeuvring through a complex pattern as the “Square Eight”. Try to maintain the described track within a tolerance of +/- 30 cm and here is what you get: Control Line Aerobatics.

Considering that it takes the flying of another 13 similar manoeuvres to complete an official flight at contests, it becomes obvious why competing in F2B is difficult and therefore remains a fascinating challenge for those preferring to go the extra mile.

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Touchdown! Team SUI-01 crosses the sea to Greece to win

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Team SUI-01: “So now we are descending over beautiful flat ground. Thank you to all our team for the fantastic support. It was a great time and we can still find it hard to believe that our dream is about to come true...”

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Day 2 roundup: 5,000m, 50km/h and a long night ahead

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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...

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Tuesday lunchtime update – 'Three strategies emerge'

GB2016 Sciboz-Tieche_SUI2_26Stefan 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...'

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The Head Game: ‘You have to tough it out – it’s a real mental battle’

GB2016 gladbeck 28“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...

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Day 2: Race leaders cross the Alps, head south

GB2016 gladbeck 27The race has split, with one group climbing high and crossing the Alps while a second group plays strategy to the north. We update who's landed and the state of play...

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FAI announces DHL as new Official Logistics Partner

FAI DHL 2016 6The FAI and DHL signed a four-year agreement today, naming DHL as the Official Logistics Partner of the FAI.

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‘Fantastic Mondial’ sees five new Parachuting world records

mondial2016 2The 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.

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