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).
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).
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.
|1977||Castle Howard||September 10–18||51||22|
|1981||Battle Creek||June 20–28||82||21|
|1983||Nantes||August 28 – September 7||70||20|
|1985||Battle Creek||July 12–20||98||23|
|1995||Battle Creek||June 30 – July 8||86||32|
|1999||Bad Waltersdorf||August 28 – September 5||90||35|
|2002||Châtellerault||August 23 – September 1||99||36|
|2004||Mildura||June 26 - July 3||87||32|
|2012||Battle Creek||August 17–25||99||30|
|2014||Rio Claro||July 17–27||59||21|
|2016||Saga||October 30 – November 7||105||31|
|2020||Murska Sobota||September 20–26|
|Totals (14 nations)||26||26||26||78|
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.
In aeronautics, a balloon is an unpowered aerostat, which remains aloft or floats due to its buoyancy. A balloon may be free, moving with the wind, or tethered to a fixed point. It is distinct from an airship, which is a powered aerostat that can propel itself through the air in a controlled manner.
Malcolm David Ross was a captain in the United States Naval Reserve (USNR), an atmospheric scientist, and a balloonist who set several records for altitude and scientific inquiry, with more than 100 hours flight time in gas balloons by 1961. Along with Lieutenant Commander Victor A. Prather (USN), he set the altitude record for a manned balloon flight.
This listing of flight altitude records are the records set for the highest aeronautical flights conducted in the atmosphere, set since the age of ballooning.
The history of ballooning, both with hot air and gas, spans many centuries. It includes many firsts, including the first human flight, first flight across the English Channel, first flight in North America, and first aircraft related disaster.
Victor Zagainov was a hot air balloon pilot and astronomer from Kazakhstan. He was the first and only hot air balloon champion of the USSR (1991), Hot Air Balloon champion of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1993), the winner of the International Balloon Grand Prix Todi (Italy) (1993), the champion of the CIS (1996). He organized Grand Prix of Zagainov and was awarded Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) Diploma for Outstanding Airmanship and the FAI Air Sport Medal in 2003.
Agnė Simonavičiūtė is a Lithuanian female balloonist and FAI women's vice world champion.
Daiva Rakauskaitė is a Lithuanian female balloonist.
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 is an Australian hot air balloonist. She has won the FAI Women's World Hot Air Balloon Championship twice, in 2014 and 2016.
Beata Choma is a Polish ballooning athlete.
David N. Levin was an American balloonist. He is the only balloonist to have completed the "triple crown" by winning the World Gas Balloon Championship, the World Hot Air Ballooning Championships and the Gordon Bennett Cup. In 1992, Levin also became the first balloonist to win ballooning's four major events, having won the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship along with the "triple crown".
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 is a British female balloonist and FAI world record holder, who became European champion in 2012.
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.
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