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55th. Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett


Gap-Tallard, FRA. September 8-17, 2011

SILBER und BRONZE für deutsche Piloten

Die Siegerehrung im französischen Gap-Tallard beendete das 55. Gordon Bennett Rennen.

France 1: Sebastien ROLLAND / Vincent LEYS

Matthias ZENGE / Frank WILBERT

Wilhelm EIMERS / Ullrich SEEL

Wir gratulieren herzlich zu diesem Sieg.

Das diesjährige Rennen fand bei sehr anspruchsvollen Bedingungen statt. Sehr große Fahrthöhen ermöglichten 2 Alpenüberquerungen innerhalb von 24 Stunden.

Für die meisten Teams führte die Strecke von Gap über die Seealpen nach Norditalien, dann über Mailand, zurück in den Schweizer Luftraum und diagonal über die Alpen bis in den Raum Innsbruck / Salzburg. Der gewinner landete in der Nähe von Linz.

Weitere Berichte folgen!

Offizielle Internetseite

Diese Seite www.gordonbennett2011.org wird nun auch von uns betreut.

Informationen aus dem Hauptquartier gibt es hier : http://www.gordonbennett2011.org/eBoard.html

Nach dem diesjährigen Rennen werden alle Einträge auf www.ballon.eu kopiert.

All set for "go" on saturday!

10.09.2011, 1300 loc

Pilots had just been given a detailed meteo-briefing. The scenarios do allow for an inflation during the afternoon. Inflation is aimed to finish by 2000 local.

In a briefing at 2030, the event director shall be providing updated meteo-information. Also, the final detailed procedures regarding Air Traffic Control are being communated then.

All is set for "Launch" at 2200 hours local time.

10.09.2011: Times for Saturday 10.09.2011

13:00 Briefing "Centre Parachutisme"

14:30 Cars / Teams ready for driving onto airport

15:00 Beginn Inflation

21:00 Briefing "Centre Parachutisme"

22:00 Launch

Published 10.09.2011 @ 1000 loc

Launch Sequence

Drawn on 09.09.2011 @ 1930 h (Chateau Tallard)


1. Austria
2. United Kingdom
3. Switzerland
4. France
5. USA
6. Germany


1. AUT 1
2. UK 1
3. SUI 2
4. FRA 1
5. USA 2
6. GER 3
7. SUI 3
8. FRA 2
9. USA 1
10. GER 2
11. SUI 1
12. GER 1

Times / Locations for Friday 09.09.2011

Posted via eMail to Pilots / Jury / Officials on Friday, August 9th, 2011 at 11:13loc

Please note the times / locations:

1700 local: Briefing, mainly Meteo / ATC / Launch-procedures (Briefing-Room "Centre Parachutisme")

1800 local: Opening Ceremony (Tallard Castle)

09.09.2011: Rules & regulations

Please find enclosed the "Rules / Regulations" in an electronic format. It is the very same document you had received as a paper-copy and which we had discussed during the General Briefing.

published Sept 09, 2011 @ 10:40 loc

08.09.2011: Competition Area / Open Countries

Next to our eMail (03.08.2011, Open Countries / Addendum 01, see below), this image shows the "open countries".

08.09.2011: Web-page

The official web-site is : www.gordonbennett2011.org

but official information only communicated via

-        Official Notice Board (Hotel LeCap) - AND
-        eMail distribution-list (as before) - AND additionally
-        on the official web-page after pilots/officials were notified through eMail.


This is our inofficial web-site for back-up purposes. Nothing published here is official character unless otherwise communicated via eMail distribution-list.


published 08.09.2011 @ 0720loc

30.08.2011: Pilots

These teams registered for the 55th. Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett. The official list is going to be published after the General Briefing.


France 1
Sébastien ROLLAND & Vincent LEŸS

France 2
Benoît PELARD & Benoît PETERLE

Germany 1
Wilhelm EIMERS & Ullrich SEEL

Germany 2
Matthias ZENGE & Frank WILBERT

Germany 3

Great Britain

Suisse 1

Suisse 2

Suisse 3
Nicolas TIECHE & Pierrick DUVOISIN

Barbara FRICKE & Peter CUNEO


(Note: This news published again for enhanced readability. News dated 26.08.2011 showed a jpg-file only.)

29.08.2011: Timetable

All venues at Gap-Tallard, Aerodrome.

08.09.2011 (Thursday)

  • 15 - 17h: Check-In
  • 18 - 20h: General Briefing

09.09.2011 (Friday)

  • all day: getting ready, ballast etc.
  • 18:00h: Meteo-Briefing
  • 19:30h: Opening Ceremony / Drawing of Launch Sequence (Castle of Tallard, by invitation only)

10.09.2011 (Saturday)

  • 12:00h: Briefing
  • 14:00h: Start Inflation
  • 20:00h: End Deflation
  • 21:00h: Briefing
  • 22:00h: Launch

 17.09.2011 (Saturday)

  • Closing / Awards Ceremony
  • Time / location to be announced

Times and/or locations subject to change after the General Briefing upon further notice.

27.08.2011: Insurance

Dear Pilots,

as published previously (eMail 03.08.2011), we did negotiate special conditions for missing coverage in case that should become necessary.

We know that it is particularily difficult for some teams to get the requested high coverage for all these "open countries".

Whereas all of you by now have shown evidence of that requested insurance, we suspect that some are still negotiating the cost and conditions and payments with your own brokers.

Just in case, "our" broker who is a major German company with about 6.000 aircraft under his care, will top-up missing third-party-liability insurance for very reasonable costs (usually 300 Euro but subject to confirmation) for that event only. (This sentence not valid/error on my side/31.08.2011: This will only work, if you have a substantial coverage on your own already.)

We are able to sort this out during check-in. If you think that this package might be needed, give us a mail on info@gordonbennett2011.org

Pilots / Balloons entered for the 2011 Coupe.
Pilots / Balloons entered for the 2011 Coupe.

26.08.2011: Competitors / Balloons

This is the list of the pilots entered to fly in the 2011 Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett.

The final list of competitors / balloons shall be published after the General Briefing scheduled for thursday, Sept 8th 2011.

26.08.2011: ATC / entry- and overflight permissions / VFR-night

A lot of work has been necessary to pre-arrange as many details as possible with all countries that are considered "open countries".

We have to realise that Europe is quite a congested airspace and opening the skies for all teams prior to take-off was a major effort. We know that we have been a "pain" in chasing some of you for submitting missing documents, we did this on behalf of several countries specifically requesting these. Necessary steps to enforce this process - to the benefit of the pilots - are being put in place for 2012.

We kindly invite you to have a look at the published list of open countries (please see news dated 03.08.2011, below) and we ask for your understanding that this list may be shortened in case of new evidence regarding potential safety issues. For the time being this is unlikely. In no case, new countries shall be added to the competition.

You'll be pleased to hear that specific procedures for VFR-flights at night in Italy have been negotiated.

Please be ready for a detailed explanation of all ATC-related issues during the General Briefing.

25.08.2011: Official Logo - for download

Please find the links to download the logo of the 55th. Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett.

These are available in two sizes:

High resolution (3.67 MB), Download

Low resolution (0.8 MB), Download

(30.08.2011: Link now fixed. Apologies for the inconvenience.)

We welcome the widespread use of the logo on your shirts, stickers, pins, cars, press-releases etc etc. No problem!

Please note, however. Any commercial use of these logos (e.g. for selling shirts, ballonmail or merchandise) without prior permission of the organizers is NOT allowed and may result in claiming compensation. Requests to be submitted to info@gordonbennett2011.org.

03.08.2011: Open Countries / Addendum 01

Posted via eMail to Pilots / Jury / Officials on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 10:13

Dear Pilots,
Dear Officials,

we have been communicating our principles regarding Open Countries earlier in May. For ease of reference, pls find below the original text.

Following the hard work of our ATC-men (Mike & Jens), we did receive some very favourable feedbacks but as well some No!. Therefore we are pleased to publish the official list of open countries.

Please note: This is the maximum list of countries for the Coupe. In no case we will add other countries than those on the list before the launch. However, this list of open countries may be shortened in case of new developments regarding safety on the ground or in the air.

Because of the late deadline and some few unclear insurance documents, we did arrange for a general insurance cover for all teams for all countries. If you find it difficult to arrange for the required coverage for the countries, don’t worry. We (you) may make use of this insurance (300 Euro), if you need it. Our German broker is in place to arrange for all paperworks in time. If your insurance-documents should still not be clear during check-in, we will make you use the pre-arranged policy. This refers also to those teams who claim to have insurance but cannot prove it because of lacking documents.

OPEN countries

  • AUT Austria
  • BEL Belgium
  • BIH Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • BGR Bulgaria
  • HRV Croatia (local name: Hrvatska)
  • CZE Czech Republic
  • DNK Denmark
  • EST Estonia
  • FRA France
  • FIN Finland
  • DEU Germany
  • GRC Greece
  • HUN Hungary
  • ITA Italy
  • IRL Ireland
  • LVA Latvia
  • LTU Lithuana
  • LUX Luxemburg
  • MKD Macedonia
  • MNE Montenegro
  • NLD Netherlands
  • NOR Norway
  • POL Poland
  • PRT Portugal
  • ROM Romania
  • SRB Serbia
  • SVK Slovakia
  • SVN Slovenia
  • ESP Spain
  • SWE Sweden
  • CHE Switzerland
  • GBR United Kingdom

CLOSED countries (and shall remain closed)

  • ALB Albania
  • BLR Belarus
  • CYP Cyprus
  • n.a. Kosovo
  • MLT Malta
  • MDA Moldova
  • RUS Russian Federation
  • TUR Turkey
  • UKR Ukraine

(UN 3-letter codes, see www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/ctycodes.htm)

03.08.2011 Minimum equipment list / Addendum 01

Posted via eMail to Pilots / Jury / Officials on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 09:38

Dear Pilots,
Dear Officials,

We did receive some questions and replies concern the previous message.

We have to consider the fact that the current FAI/CIA-rules are not in line with what the national aviation authorities do require. There are quite some issues which need to be resolved.

Therefore, we currently try to only straighten those rules which we do think we cannot get around. The before mentioned refers especially towards the ELT.

ELT for this Coupe are defined as follows: Emergency beacons (ELT or PLB) must transmitting simultaneously on the following frequencies: 121.5 MHz and 406 MHz,registered and approved as aeronautical equipment.

LIFE RAFT is not mandatory but recommended.

Please look out for further news in the upcoming few weeks.

Markus Haggeney (Event Director)

20.07.2011 Minimum equipment list

Posted via eMail to Pilots, Jury, Officials on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 20:31

Dear Pilots,

the standard minimum equipment list as used in the past applies. However, please find following some detailed statements:

1. ELT. Only officially registered ELT devices will be accepted for this race. No eperb's or other devices allwed. The appropriate definition applies as per FAA TSO-C126.

2. Life-vests are sufficient, no rafts required.

3. Oxygen. It is highly likely that shortly after take-off altitudes of FL140 may have to be reached. It will therefore be checked if sufficient oxygen including masks are carried for both pilots.

4. Transpondner Mode Sierra

5. Aviation charts. Jeppesen 1:500.000 or similar have to be carried on board.

Please keep on monitoring the (our!) director's corner on http://www.ballon.eu/2011_coupe_gordon_bennett.html

Thank you very much.

13.05.2011 eBoard: ATC / Open Countries / VFR Night

Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 05:23

We kindly invite you to read further news in the "Director's Corner".

Thank you very much.

Posted in News ("old" page)

12.05.2011 Invitation / registration: new round started

Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 21:10

Dear Pilots,

please note that the invitation process is going to see a new round now. Pilots and Federations are going to receive updated information via mail. All previously published deadlines are "on hold" until further notice which is going to be published here. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at info (at) gordonbennett2011.org. We appreciate your understanding that we will only be replying to nominated pilots resp. their National Federations or NACs at this stage.

We kindly invite all pilots to monitor the "Event Director's eBoard" (see Categories to the right) on this page.

Thank you very much.

Posted in News ("old" page")

12.05.2011 Air Traffic Control: VFR Night esp. Italy

Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 19:53

Dear Pilots, Dear Competitors,

As you are all aware, the procedures and regulations for VFR-night-flying differ amongst Europe. We have been very succesfull to negotiate robust and professional procedures with European ATC authorities in previous races.

Many of you know the experts in our team, Mike Reichert and Jens Merczak, both professional ATC-controllers and members of the Gordon-Bennett-Operations Team since 2001.

One current focus is our cooperation with the Italian Authorities. Our first contacts with ENAC (Ente Nazionale per L'Aviazione Civile) date back more than a year. Recently, our Italian ballooning friend and FAI/CIA-delegate Paolo Oggioni as well Donatella Ricci had personal talks with the authorities to discuss workable procedures. We thank Paolo and Donatella very much for establishing this direct link. Based on this, the ATC controllers in the GB-team now continue to do the detailed work.

Our aim is to negotiate an entry permission alongside rules and regulations which will allow all teams to enter Italian airspace at night.

We are flexible with the launch time and are ready to delay the launch, in case the meteorological conditions or trajectories should take the pilots into airspace or areas with challenges.

We are confident that with the evidence of past Coupes and under the light of state-of-art tracking and communication technology, European ATC authorities will support a great Coupe.

Best regards,

Markus Haggeney (Event Director, Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2011)

Posted in Event Director's eBoard ("old" page)

12.05.2011 Air Traffic Control: Clearances / Open Countries

Posted via eMail to Pilots, Jury, Officials on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 19:35

Dear Pilots,

we are pleased to confirm that we are intensively working on obtaining entry-clearances for the countries within the competition area.

We will update you shortly about the "open countries". Also, we shall inform you about the procedures and timings about closing the list of open countries. In no case we intend to OPEN additional countries after a deadline or - worse - days or hours before take-off. Rather it may happen that we CLOSE countries if we have new evidence about potential challenges in the airspace and/or on the ground. Whereas the Coupe is a race in the air, we intend to do our utmost to ensure that the retrieve-crews on the ground have a safe journey also.

The deadline to declare the "open countries" usually is 6 weeks prior to launch. We shall agree all timings with the working group of the International Ballooning Commission (AA WG FAI/CIA) in due course.

Best regards,

Markus Haggeney (Event Director, Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2011)

ATC Air Traffic Control. Mission.

Guide you through European Airspace to enjoy a long and enduring race.

The Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett is about demonstrating pilot skills and airmanship in one of the most congested airspaces in the world. We are here to serve you!

Specific rules, procedures and guidelines will help all of us to achieve these objectives.

These are going to be published in due course and presented during the General Briefing.

Nach oben

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The Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, is the most prestigious event in aviation and the ultimate challenge for the balloon pilots and their equipment. The goal is simple: to fly the furthest distance from the launch site.