UK pilot seeks victory at European Championships

August 21st, 2017

Balloon pilot Dominic Bareford will herald the flag for Great Britain at the European Hot Air Balloon flights in Hot Air Balloon balloon rides Hot Air Balloon Championship this August.

Taking place in Brissac, just south of Angers in north-west France, the exciting competition is set to involve over 40 participants from across Europe. The event is hosted by the sport’s governing body, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), and is an annual gathering of some of the world’s most daring and ambitious pilots.

Le Chateau Competition Centre will be the location for the event which begins on the 21st August 2017 at 6.30am for training flights and runs through until Sunday 27th August. The official opening ceremony is on Tuesday 22nd August with the first competitive flight taking place after the parade at 6.30pm.

24-year old Bareford will be facing opposition from pilots from Slovakia, Lithuania, Belgium, Spain and Italy. He is the only British entrant in the field and is a former World Junior Champion.

He will be piloting his balloon ‘Sherbet’ in the week-long extravaganza which forms the 2nd round of this FAI-accredited championship. Bareford will face challenges from other hot air balloons named Rainbow Racer, Blue Ocean, Black Magic, Vultus Lupi and It’s My Life, to name a few.

The FAI is an international body dedicated to the development of astronautical activities and sporting aviation. Established in 1905, the organisation represents 10 air sport disciplines: aerobatics, aeromodelling, astronautics records, ballooning, general aviation, gliding, hang-gliding, microlights, parachuting and rotorcraft.

It forms a strong network of more than 100 member countries and aims to highlight and develop aeronautical and astronautical pursuits across the world.