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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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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...

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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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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…

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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.

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

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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.

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