Future air sports competitions all around the world

According to Fédération Aéronautique Internationale calendar of events:

Hot Air Balloons and Air Airships

04 Mar to
05 Mar 2011
3rd Stuttgart Linde Open – 24 hours gas balloon race
Stuttgart (Germany)
 
 
21 May to
29 May 2011
2011 FAI Women’s World Hot Air Balloon Championship
Valmiera (Latvia)
 
 
09 Sep to
17 Sep 2011
55th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett
Gap-Tallard (France)
 
 
15 Sep to
23 Sep 2011
17th FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship
Lleida (Spain)
 
 
17 Aug to
25 Aug 2012
20th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship
Battle Creek, Michigan (USA)
 
 

Aerobatics

28 Jul to
07 Aug 2011
14th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championship
Torun (Poland)
 
 
28 Jul to
07 Aug 2011
2nd FAI World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships
Torun (Poland)
 
 
31 Aug to
11 Sep 2011
26th FAI World Aerobatic Championships
Ravenna (Italy)
 
 

Hang Gliding

05 Dec to
11 Dec 2010
14th Open de Canarias de Ala Delta
Lanzarote, Gran Canaria (Spain)
 
 
02 Jan to
06 Jan 2011
2011 Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championships
Forbes (Australia)
 
 
08 Jan to
12 Jan 2011
2011 Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championships
Forbes (Australia)
 
16 Jan to
22 Jan 2011
2011 Bogong Cup Assigned Area Task (AAT) Hang Gliding Competition
Mt Beauty, VIC (Australia)
 
 
16 Jan to
22 Jan 2011
2011 Bogong Cup Grand Prix Hang Gliding Competition
Mt Beauty, VIC (Australia)
 
 
12 Feb to
20 Feb 2011
2011 “Hombres Pájaro Colombia”
Roldanillo (Colombia)
 
 
16 Feb to
27 Feb 2011
2011 Aeros Winter Race
Ajdovscina (Slovenia)
 
 
10 Apr to
16 Apr 2011
2011 Dalby Big Air
Dalby Airport (Australia)
 
 
10 May to
15 May 2011
2011 King Ludwig Open – Int. German Championship HG
Tegelberg (Germany)
 
 
02 Jun to
05 Jun 2011
21st International Alpen Open
Gnadenwald (Austria)
 
 
07 Jul to
10 Jul 2011
2011 Fiesch Open Swiss Hanggliding Championship
Fiesch, Valais (Switzerland)
 
 
16 Jul to
30 Jul 2011
18th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship
Monte Cucco (Italy)
 
 
19 Aug to
01 Sep 2012
18th FAI European Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship
Kayseri (Turkey)
 
 

Gliding

11 Dec to
19 Dec 2010
2010 Chilean Nationals
Santiago (Chile)
 
 
12 Dec to
17 Dec 2010
7th Argentine World Class Nationals 2010
Adolfo Gonzalez Chávez (Argentina)
 
 
03 Jan to
14 Jan 2011
58th Argentine 58th Nationals 2011
Azul (Argentina)
 
 
22 Jan to
29 Jan 2011
2011 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Santiago (Chile)
 
 
01 May to
07 May 2011
2011 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Saint Auban (France)
 
 
09 May to
15 May 2011
2011 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
La Cerdenya (Spain)
 
 
15 May to
22 May 2011
2011 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Ghimbav-Brasov (Romania)
 
 
22 May to
28 May 2011
2011 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Nummela (Finland)
 
 
28 May to
05 Jun 2011
2011 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Calcinate Del Pesce (Italy)
 
 
15 Jun to
27 Jun 2011
6th FAI Women’s World Gliding Championship
Arboga (Sweden)
 
 
17 Jul to
30 Jul 2011
16th FAI European Gliding Championship
Nitra (Slovakia)
 
 
23 Jul to
31 Jul 2011
4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship
Wasserkuppe (Germany)
 
 
31 Jul to
14 Aug 2011
16th FAI European Gliding Championship
Pociunai, Kaunas (Lithuania)
 
 
06 Aug to
20 Aug 2011
7th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships
Musbach (Germany)
 
 
04 Aug to
19 Aug 2012
32nd FAI World Gliding Championship
Uvalde, Texas (USA)
 
 
09 Dec to
21 Dec 2012
32nd FAI World Gliding Championship
Adolfo Gonzalez Chávez (Argentina)
 
 
29 Jun to
13 Jul 2013
7th FAI Women’s World Gliding Championship
Issoudun (France)
 
 
28 Jul to
10 Aug 2013
8th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships
Leszno (Poland)
 

Parachutting

05 Jan to
17 Jan 2011
2nd Dubai International Parachuting Championship & Gulf Cup 2011 (DIPC & Gulf Cup 2011)
Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
 
 
28 Feb to
05 Mar 2011
13th FAI World Para-Ski Championships
Gosau (Austria)
 
 
17 Jul to
24 Jul 2011
5th CISM Military World Games
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
 
01 Aug to
07 Aug 2011
7th FAI European Artistic Events Parachuting Championships
Saarlouis (Germany)
 
 
01 Aug to
07 Aug 2011
8th FAI World Cup of Artistic Events
Saarlouis (Germany)
 
 
01 Aug to
07 Aug 2011
10th FAI European Formation Skydiving Championship
Saarlouis (Germany)
 
 
01 Aug to
07 Aug 2011
17th FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving
Saarlouis (Germany)
 
 
18 Aug to
28 Aug 2011
6th FAI European Style & Accuracy Parachuting Championship
Kikinda (Serbia)
 
 
18 Aug to
28 Aug 2011
3rd FAI Junior European Style and Accuracy Parachuting Championship
Kikinda (Serbia)
 

Micolights

12 Jan to
23 Jan 2011
2011 Himalayan Paramotor Yatra
Yatra (Nepal)
 
15 Oct to
22 Oct 2011
13th FAI World Microlight Championship
Ein Yahav (Israel)
 
11 Aug to
18 Aug 2012
2012 FAI World Microlight Championship
Location to be advised (Spain)

Aeromodelling

02 May to
09 May 2011
2011 FAI World Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft
Embalse (Argentina)
 
 
03 Jul to
10 Jul 2011
2011 FAI World Championship for Soaring Model Aircraft
Arboga (Sweden)
 
 
10 Jul to
17 Jul 2011
2011 FAI Junior European Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft
Sentjernej, Novo mesto (Slovenia)
 
 
22 Jul to
30 Jul 2011
2011 FAI European Championships for Scale Model Aircraft
Ploiesti (Romania)
 
 
23 Jul to
31 Jul 2011
2011 FAI European Championships for Control Line Model Aircraft
Czestochowa (Poland)
 
 
24 Jul to
02 Aug 2011
2011 FAI World Championship for Aerobatic Model Aircraft
Muncie, Indiana (USA)
 
 
09 Aug to
14 Aug 2011
2011 FAI European Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft
Belgrade (Serbia)
 
 
10 Aug to
14 Aug 2011
2011 FAI World Championship for Pylon Racing Model Aircraft
Bundaberg, QSD (Australia)
 
 
18 Aug to
27 Aug 2011
2011 FAI European Championship for Soaring Model Aircraft
Bovec (Slovenia)
 
 
18 Aug to
28 Aug 2011
2011 FAI World Championship for Model Helicopters
Cascina Bianca, Calcinatello (BS) (Italy)
 
 
20 Aug to
27 Aug 2011
2011 FAI European Championships for Space Models
Buzau (Romania)
 
 
28 Aug to
03 Sep 2011
2011 FAI World Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft
Zlatibor (Serbia)
 
 
23 Sep to
29 Sep 2011
2011 FAI World Championship for Soaring Model Aircraft
Lake Xueye, Laiwu (China (People’s Republic of))
 
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Hot Air Balloons at Veterans Day in Texas

Photos by Rebecca LaFlure/Community Impact Newspaper

Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett at start – first update

UPDATE 27th Sept 2010

20 Gas Balloons launched from Bristol for the Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race on Saturday 25th September, 12 balloons are still flying after 32 hours of flight.

The balloons launched from Bristol at midnight on Saturday 25th with a wind direction that took them south and over the channel at Lyme Regis at around 4am.


32 hours later 12 balloons still flying, including two balloons flying over the Mediterranean Sea, heading for Italy.

Balloons have been flying for 32 hours, with two pilots in each 1.2 metre squared basket.  20 teams have travelled from 11 countries to compete in this historic and unique aviation event which first launched in Paris in 1906 thanks to the organisation of James Gordon Bennett Jnr.

All teams pilots who have landed are safe and well, and beginning the journey back to Bristol for dinner with event Patron HRH Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday 2nd October.  The retrieve crews set out from Bristol after the midnight launch on Saturday and most are within an hour of the pilots who have landed.

For the first time since James Gordon Bennett Junior held his infamous gas balloon race in 1906 it launches from Great Britain, thanks to the winning race flight of intrepid explorer David Hempleman-Adams and co-pilot Jonathan Mason who flew 1767 kms from Albuquerque to the shores of Lake Michigan North of Chicago, winning the 2008 race.

Event President Anthony Smith said “The British Balloon and Airship Club are delighted to host this magnificent and historical lighter-than-air race in Great Britain for the first time.”

ORIGINAL TEXT

The 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett had a great start this weekend on 25th of Sept in Bristol. The breeze delayed the inflation of the balloons by a couple of hours but the audience was patient and relaxed waiting for the big moment to come up.

The public watched the inflation of the balloons and just before midnight all 20 launched into the night.

Check out the status of the flights and the official reports on the Gordon Bennett website.

Championnat de France de Montgolfiere

To read more about this please visit Christophe Praturlon blog on http://ballonsolaires.over-blog.com

A bit of history – part 1

Air Sports have different biginnings. In the following set of articles we’ll try to cover all great over time aspects of air sports. The first one is about hot air balloons.

Hot air balloons

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Early_flight The first clearly recorded instance of a balloon carrying (human) passengers used hot air to generate buoyancy and was built by the brothers   Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier in Annonay, France. After experimenting with unmanned balloons and flights with animals, the first tethered balloon flight with humans on board took place on October 19, 1783 with the scientist Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, the manufacture manager, Jean-Baptiste Réveillon and Giroud de Villette, at the Folie Titon in Paris.

Modern hot air balloons, with an onboard heat source, were pioneered by Ed Yost beginning in the 1950s which resulted in his first successful flight on October 22, 1960. The first modern day hot air balloon to be built in the United Kingdom (UK) was the Bristol Belle in 1967. Today, hot air balloons are used primarily for recreation. Today balloon festivals are a great way to see hot air balloons close up, and are an enjoyable family outing.

 

WOW:  Hot air balloons are able to fly to extremely high altitudes. On November 26 2005, Vijaypat Singhania set the world altitude record for highest hot air balloon flight, reaching 21,290 meters (69,852 feet, almost two times more than a passanger plane normal altitude).

COMPETITIONS: Balloon competitions are often called “races” but they’re most often a test of accuracy, not speed. For most competitive balloon flights, the goal is to fly as close as possible to one or more exact points called “targets”. Once a pilot has directed the balloon as close as possible to a target, a weighted marker with an identifying number written on it is dropped. The distance between a pilot’s marker and that target determines his or her score.

Exemple of competitions that include hot air balloons: Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, Tochigi Hot Air Balloon International Championship & Hot Air Balloon Honda Grand Prix Final Round, World air Games 2009.

Hot Air Balloons over Anderson City

 Fest LogoThe hot air balloons Festival held in Anderson City is almost a volunteer event. The brains behind this action are Steve and Connie Lambert, owners of a hot air balloon company named SkyScapes of America, LLC along with Jack and Margaret Cothran and Debby Porter. They combined knowledge and love of ballooning to bring this festival back to Anderson, SC. This year the event takes place between 6th and 8th November. After the Albuquerque Fiesta where hunderds of colourful balloons took of from the airfield zone, Anderson Festival will be a another way to have fun and enjoy the view. All day at the event, incredible attractive elements will keep everybody up for fun. Flying Tigers Parachute Jumps, Remote Control Air Plane Show, Kite Show and Display, Balloon Artist,Glow Begins (Half the balloons will glow) and so on… Take a look at the entire schedule for the event here.

 

Balloon Festival takes off in Pocono after 20 years

hotairballoonridePennsylvania: After 20 years from the 1st Hot-Air Balloon Festival, now the event is back in Poconos. Also the Lumberjack festival is back again in Shawnee Mountain after 4 years. This weekend 16-18 October 2009 will be a great opportunity of entertainment for friends and families. The hot air balloons section will be explosive; each of the 15 balloons inflate simultaneously, choreographed to music. More entertainment? For skiers and snowboarders, it’s a haven of white powder and great curves, but if you are looking for some air adventure why not trying a fabulous hot air balloon ride! They are available there at the festival and you can get the chance to be a co-pilot during the ride. Prices for this rides are affordable for everyone.

What to exapect if you go there: Timber & Balloon Festival. Starting at 4 to 9 p.m. today (16th Oct. 2009) and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On the 16th you will get the chance to see fireworks, Hot Air Balloon Glow, 2009 Timber Team Ironjack Show. For the Saturday and Sunday expect hot-air balloon launch at 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. , some sky diving exhibition by Don Kellner and 2009 Timber Team Ironjack Show. Sounds exciting.