Login

‘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.

Read more...

Basket case: Team USA-03 invites us round to see their new place

GB2016 gladbeck 21It’s been a busy morning and early afternoon in Gladbeck as pilots prepare their balloons and baskets for launch. We invited ourselves round to Team USA-03 to see their new baby – a brand new lightweight Woerner basket...

Read more...

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...

Read more...

A life in aerobatics: Mikhail Mamistov

mamistov-mikhail-rus-3 28621459993_oFrom learning to fly in 1983 in the then Soviet Union, Mikhail Mamistov has become one of the most decorated pilots in the history of Aerobatics competition. We meet the legend…

Read more...

Red Bull Air Race 2016: 'Has Dolderer done it? No! Matt Hall takes the win!'

Matt-Hall-Podium-900Australia’s Matt Hall won the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship series on Sunday 4 September 2016.

Read more...

Paris hosts Drone Festival on the famous Champs Elysees and announces new drone parks

Drone-Festival-Paris

Paris hosted its first ever drone festival on Sunday 4 September 2016. Some 100,000 spectators crowded onto the famous Champs Elysées to watch eight professional drone pilots race drones on a 3,000m2 track.

Read more...

France hosts and wins the 2nd FAI World Paragliding Aerobatic Championships

synchro ok 2The 2nd FAI World Paragliding Aerobatic Championships came to a successful close today at Lake Annecy in south west France. An impressive seven solo and seven synchro runs were flown over 7 days from 26 August to 3 September, giving the 34 pilots from 16 nations an excellent opportunity to demonstrate their aerobatics skills in a highly competitive environment.

Read more...

Q&A: What is the Gordon Bennett?

06-DSC 6060

The 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett is taking off soon in Gladbeck, Germany – we explain more about this amazing balloon race...

Read more...

The 2016 FAI World Championships for Space Models in Lviv (UKR) were a full success!

Jan sebesta_croppedThe 2016 FAI World Championships for Space Models in Lviv, Ukraine, concluded on Sunday with Jan Sebesta from the Czech Republic winning the scale (S7) model competition. Sebesta’s model of the Saturn V not only impressed the judges with its lifelike accuracy, but during the confirmation flight it performed flawlessly, separating into five parts on cue, and returning to the ground with streamers and parachutes slowing its descent.

Read more...

Alex Mateos adds to medal haul with Gold at Popham

2016 08_30_Alex_Mateos_in_action_in_Popham_UKFrance’s Alex Mateos continued his domination of the international paramotoring competition scene with a strong win at the 9th FAI Paramotoring World Championships in Popham, England last week, 20-27 August 2016.

Read more...

Ten Years Ago Today: Steve Fossett set a gliding world record by flying to above 15,000m

14043-FOSSETT Steve_ENEVOLDSON_Einar-2006_12

Ten years ago today famous aviator Steve Fossett set a gliding world record that still stands today. Flying with former NASA test pilot Einar Enevoldson the pair hit an absolute altitude of 15,460m while flying in mountain wave above the Andes in Argentina.

Read more...