Sep 01

This year we are faced up to the most thrilling race in history of the Gordon Be…

This year we are faced up to the most thrilling race in history of the Gordon Bennett after the second World War.
It seems like a target flight to Sicily.
Two Wörner netless gasballoons agains two Leys homebuild gasballoons. The advantage of the Woerner is that it is easier to land at high winds. They dont need a trail rope for turning the balloon to the right side and the parachute system empties the balloon very quick. On the other hand FRA 1 has around 450kg of ballast left what makes the balloon much more heavier and stable at landing. But they only have a 13kg lightweight basket made from aluminium and tarp pieces. Will be this basket strong enough for a high speed landing, still carrying a huge amount of sand. The Woerner wicket basket is safe for such landings, several times approved in nearly same conditons. Pilots are faced to strong winds around 40-50km/h at the possible landing sites.

We wish all pilots a safe landing! Thats much more important than anything else!!!

Refresh the lifetracking as open as possible, refill your coffee cups and sit down. As soon as we have some live coverage we will let you know.


Sep 01

Just postet by the weather expert of FRA 1

Just postet by the weather expert of FRA 1


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Gordon Bennett Cup 2014 Les 4 dernier ballons encore en vol sont , comme prévu, GER-1, GER-2, FRA-1 (mon ballon) et FRA-2. Ils se dirigent tous vers l'Est - Sud-Est en direction du Sud de la Sicile avec atterrissage entre 13 et 14h. Les autres ballons se sont posés en Corse, Sardaigne et Italie en vue du mauvais temps qui arrive actuellement sur le centre de la Méditerranée. Le ballon qui aura parcouru le plus de distance par rapport à Vichy (Allier, Auvergne) aura gagné cette coupe Gordon Bennett 2014 http://www.gordonbennett2014.org/spip.php?page=live-tracking Voici la situation, ce lundi à 5h:
Sep 01

small update: USA 1 and POL 1 landed during the night! We know that USA 1 and PO…

small update:
USA 1 and POL 1 landed during the night! We know that USA 1 and POL 1 are safe on the ground. Details going to follow in the morning. The landing spot of USA 1 seems complicatet but we have heard from their crew that they are safe.
The remaining group of four (GER 1 and GER 2, FRA 1 and FRA 2) are heading for Sicily at the moment. If the race is going to end on this island we are facing up to an head to head race between the two French and two German teams. Either to Malta or to the last piece of Siciliy. We are also know that GER 2 is in the position to fight until the last piece of sand and they are also experienced pilots.


Aug 31

Hello folks, we are heading into the third night. The command center of GER 1 wa…

Hello folks,
we are heading into the third night. The command center of GER 1 was busy the hole day. Calculating the tracks, observing the weather and the other teams. FRA 1, FRA 2, GER 1 and GER 2 are S of Sardinia. It seems that they all not going to land on Sardinia. So what comes next. Italy offers some other possibilities and last but not least Malta is also within the competition area.
Wilhelm and Matthias are doing really well. The complete day was very stable over the sea. D-OTLI is flying really well and all technique is working. Air traffic control is no problem. The GB headquarter opens the airspace of the northern african countries just to be sure that they getting no trouble there.
Monday morning we are going to see a head to head race. FRA 1 and GER 1 are close together. In the morning they can see each other. From the current positions the track of GER 2 and FRA 2 are not as good as the track of GER 1 and FRA 1. But who knows what this night brings to the teams. We are in contact with the balloon every two hours to make sure they are on the track and the weather conditions are not changing.

Greetings to our friends in Command Center of FRA 1 and FRA 2! You are doing a great job making this race as challenging as possible!! ;)

Watch the live tracking:
http://www.gordonbennett2014.org/spip.php?page=live-tracking


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La Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett est l’événement le plus prestigieux dans l’Histoire de l’aviation, et un challenge absolu pour les pilotes de ballon à gaz. La règle est simple : pour gagner, il faut parcourir la plus longue distance depuis le site de décollage. Cette compétition internationale…