SCHEDULE GORDON BENNETT FRIBOURG 2017

2017/09/07 12:00:00

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THE GORDON BENNETT

61st Coupe aéronautique Gordon Bennett, FAI long distance gas balloon championship Is the most prestigious and the oldest aeronautical competition. It’s the ultimate challenge for the participants, pilots and crews coming from all over the world.

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ITS HISTORY

The history of the Gordon Bennett Aeronautical Cup Is full of incredible flights, legendary stories and prestigious records.
The championship was created in 1906 by the adventurer James Gordon Bennett Jr, an American press baron and sponsor of motor racing and air sports.
The first championship started from the Tuileries in Paris. Sixteen balloons from seven nationalities took part.

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THE CHAMPIONSHIP

Teams coming down in the sea or landing in certain prohibited countries, closed to the championship, are disqualified.

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THE RECORDS

DISTANCE = 3400km in 64 hours 59min held by the Belgians Bob Berben and Benoît Fimaéons TIME ALOFT = 92 hours by the Germans William Eimen and Bernd Landsmann NUMBER OF WINS = the French crew led by Vincent Leys with 9 wins

IN FRIBOURG IN SWITZERLAND FROM 7 TO 16 SEPTEMBER 2017

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FRIBOURG

The 61st Gordon Bennett Cup will take place in Fribourg in Switzerland right in the centre of the European continent.

The Canton of Fribourg is a bilingual (French/German) canton towards the west of Switzerland, its administrative centre is the town of Fribourg, halfway between Zürich and Geneva.

The 61st Gordon Bennett Cup will take place in Epagny, at the foot of the Château de Gruyères, right in the picture postcard setting of the foothills of the Alps.

This is an ideal launching site and just perfect for an event of this size during which the public can enjoy air sports and follow the world cup.

PARTNERS

FAI

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GAS BALLOONS

A gas balloon is an air balloon which ascends supported by the pressure of the air surrounding it.

To keep the balloon in place, Archimedes forces and the weight of the balloon must be balanced.

To get a gas balloon to ascend, ballast needs to be thrown overboard, either sacks of sand or water.

The balloon goes up if the hydrogen which it contains weighs less than the volume of air it displaces.

To come down some of the hydrogen must be allowed to escape using a valve situated at the top of the balloon. The volume of the balloon reduces, as a consequence the support from Archimedes forces falls and that causes the balloon to come down.

The pilot must be sufficiently skilled to anticipate the variations in the atmosphere which influence the performance of the balloon in good time (heating up, cooling down, humidity and thermal columns). The objective is to keep a constant height using as little ballast as possible.

ESPACE PRESSE

PRESS RELEASE 05.11.16
PRESS RELEASE 23.03.16
LOGOS
PHOTOS
PLENARY MEETING CIA
La Gordon Bennett 2017 décollera d’Epagny – 24 03 2016
Fribourg, capitale du ballon à gaz – 24 03 2016
Losgelöst von der Erde – 24 03 2016

CONTACT

info@gordonbennett2017.ch | +41 79 522 79 38