FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

22 Aug
27 Aug 2017
20th FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship
Brissac - Quincé, Anjou,
04 Sep
09 Sep 2017
4th FAI Women's European Hot Air Balloon Championship
07 Sep
16 Sep 2017
61st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett
Epagny, Gruyères,

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

21 Jun
25 Jun 2017
2017 Open National Championship - Murska Sobota
Murska Sobota,
03 Aug
06 Aug 2017
20th Coupe d'Europe de Montgolfières & 25e Coupe du Monde des Dames
Blanzac - Porcheresse,
08 Sep
10 Sep 2017
2017 Minsk 950th Anniversary Balloon Cup
13 Sep
16 Sep 2017
1st Central European Cup & 37th Hungarian National Championship & 2nd Szeged Balloon cup


The FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA) conducts FAI ballooning activities, in particular World Records and International Competitions.

Competitive ballooning test pilots' skills in Distance, Speed (over short and long distances) and Navigational Precision. Each flight usually involves several tasks.

Competition balloons are usually 180-2200m3 in size. Competitions often take place in the early morning or late afternoon, times more suitable for the light wind conditions needed for initial inflation and safe landings. Each balloon carries a GPS flight recorder and a tracker-unit that transmits the balloon's position back to the starting area - enabling spectators to follow the competition.

The most historic ballooning event is the annual Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett for gas balloons, created in 1906 and revived in 1983 after being discontinued at the outbreak of World War II. The balloon which flies the furthest distance from the start-point wins.