World Hot Air Ballooning Championships

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The World Hot Air Ballooning Championships are the FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship and the FAI Women's World Hot Air Balloon Championship. These biennial events for hot air ballooning are conducted under the direction of the FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA or Comité International d'Aérostation). [1]

Hot air ballooning

Hot air ballooning is the activity of flying hot air balloons. Attractive aspects of ballooning include the exceptional quiet, the lack of a feeling of movement, and the bird's-eye view. Since the balloon moves with the direction of the winds, the passengers feel absolutely no wind, except for brief periods during the flight when the balloon climbs or descends into air currents of different direction or speed. Hot air ballooning has been recognized by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) as the safest air sport in aviation, and fatalities in hot air balloon accidents are rare, according to statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

<i>Fédération Aéronautique Internationale</i> voluntary association

The Fédération aéronautique internationale, is the world governing body for air sports. It was founded on 14 October 1905, and is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. It maintains world records for aeronautical activities including ballooning, aeromodeling, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and also for human spaceflight.

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Championships

FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship

YearCityCountryDateWinnersNo. of
Athletes
No. of
Nations
1973 [2] Albuquerque Flag of the United States.svg  United States February 10–17
3214
1975 [2] Albuquerque Flag of the United States.svg  United States October 2–12
3415
1977 [2] Castle Howard Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain September 10–18
5122
1979 [2] Uppsala Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden January 3–9
3316
1981 [2] Battle Creek Flag of the United States.svg  United States June 20–28
8221
1983 [2] Nantes Flag of France.svg  France August 28 – September 7
7020
1985 [2] Battle Creek Flag of the United States.svg  United States July 12–20
9823
1987 [2] Schielleiten/Stubenberg Flag of Austria.svg  Austria September 5–12
7124
1989 [2] Saga Flag of Japan.svg  Japan November 18–27
10225
1991 [2] Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada August 10–18
10126
1993 [2] Larochette Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg August 12–22
10132
1995 [2] Battle Creek Flag of the United States.svg  United States June 30 – July 8
8632
1997 [2] Saga Flag of Japan.svg  Japan November 15–27
11238
1999 [2] Bad Waltersdorf Flag of Austria.svg  Austria August 28 – September 5
9035
2002 [2] Châtellerault Flag of France.svg  France August 23 – September 1
9936
2004 [2] Mildura Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia June 26 - July 3
8732
2006 [2] Tochigi Flag of Japan.svg  Japan November 18–25
6231
2008 [2] Hofkirchen Flag of Austria.svg  Austria September 13–20
10233
2010 [2] Debrecen Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary October 2–10
11831
2012 [2] Battle Creek Flag of the United States.svg  United States August 17–25
9930
2014 [2] Rio Claro Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil July 17–27
5921
2016 [2] Saga Flag of Japan.svg  Japan October 30 – November 710531
2018 [3] Gross-Siegharts Flag of Austria.svg  Austria August 18–26
10538
2020 Murska Sobota Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia September 20–26

FAI Women's World Hot Air Balloon Championship

YearCityCountryDateWinnersNo. of
Athletes
No. of
Nations
2014 [2] Leszno Flag of Poland.svg  Poland September 8–133816
2016 [2] Birštonas Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania July 5–10
4220
2018 [4] Nałęczów Flag of Poland.svg  Poland August 7–113310

All-time medal table

Updated after the 2018 World Championships.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)1510732
2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)3216
3Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)3036
4Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)2428
5Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)1124
6Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)1012
7Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)1001
8Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)0235
9Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania  (LTU)0224
10Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0213
11Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland  (SUI)0123
12Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)0112
13Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)0101
14Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)0011
Totals (14 nations)26262678

See also

World Junior Hot Air Ballooning Championships is main ballooning championships in the World for juniors. Organized by Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

The European Hot Air Balloon Championships are the FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship and the FAI Women's European Hot Air Balloon Championship. These biennial events for hot air ballooning are conducted under the direction of the FAI Ballooning Commission.

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Victor Zagainov Hot Air Balloon pilot and astronomer from Kazakhstan

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Agnė Simonavičiūtė Lithuanian balloonist

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Daiva Rakauskaitė Lithuanian balloonist

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2014 World Hot Air Balloon Championships was 21st edition of World Hot Air Ballooning Championships held in Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil from July 17 to July 27, 2014. It was a first time when championships were held in South America. Total of 23 tasks were held.

2014 Women's World Hot Air Balloon Championships was 1st edition of World Hot Air Ballooning Championships for women held in Leszno, Poland from September 8 to September 13, 2014. Total of 16 tasks were held.

Nicola Scaife hot air balloonist, world champion 2014 & 2016.

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Beata Choma Polish sportsperson, hot air balloon pilot, European champion

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David Levin (balloonist) US balloon pilot, "triple crown" winner

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3rd FAI Womens World Hot Air Balloon Championship

3rd FAI Women's World Hot Air Balloon Championship was 3rd edition of World Hot Air Ballooning Championships for women held in Nałęczów, Poland from August 6 to August 11, 2018. Total of 14 tasks were held. Five flights were cancelled due to the weather conditions from August 9 to August 11.

Lindsay Muir (balloonist) British balloon pilot, European champion 2012

Lindsay Muir is a British female balloonist and FAI world record holder, who became European champion in 2012.

Gabriela Slavec European Champion in ballooning 2010

Gabriela Slavec is a Slovenian female ballooning athlete, who became European Champion in 2010.

Dr Janet Folkes was an academic from Nottingham, who held multiple ballooning records. She died in 2012 from cancer.

References

  1. "About Us". FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA). Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 "Results: World Hot Air Balloon Championship: 19732016". wydera.de. Archived from the original on 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  3. "Results: 23rd FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship: Gross-Siegharts, Austria". Archived from the original on 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  4. "Results: 3rd FAI Women's World Hot Air Balloon Championship: Naleczow, Poland" . Retrieved 2018-12-16.