German Chancellor Angela Merkel given special award from Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

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The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, received an official trophy on 30 September 2016 to mark her involvement with this year’s Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett.


Red Bull Air Race 2016: Matthias Dolderer clinches Championship win

RBAR indianapolis_3Over 62,000 fans witnessed pilot Matthias Dolderer write new motorsport history on 1–2 October 2016, as the German won the Red Bull Air Race  debut at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway and clinched his first World Championship – and the first for Germany – in the process.


On this day in history: 110 years of the world’s most prestigious balloon race

29930498596 314ae9ba92_oOne hundred and ten years ago on 30 September 1906 US aviator Lieutenant Frank Purdy Lahm won the first ever Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, a prestigious balloon race that still takes place today.


Paragliding included into the Asian Games 2018!

paragliding-azoom.chThe Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has agreed to include Paragliding into the 18th Asian Games 2018.

The decision was taken at the OCA General Assembly that took place in Danang, Vietnam, on 25 September 2016.


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

GB2016 prize-giving_all_pilotsSwitzerland’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.


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.


Red Bull Air Race 2016: Cristian Bolton joins the 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.


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.


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


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...”


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


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 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...'