||The Reference on Airships
Hot Air Airship Competition
Especially in Europe, most pilots participate in hot air airship competitions
which are conducted according to the
issued by the
Because the hot airship community is relatively small, sanctioned events have
so far been limited to World and European Championships. The advantage of
the rarity of airships is that most pilots know each other, and newer pilots
can compete at an international level in relatively short time.
The 1st Hot Air Airship World Championship was held in 1988 in Luxembourg.
About twenty teams from as far as China attended the highly successful event.
European Hot Air Airship Championships were held in 1989 and 1991 but I believe
they were abandoned in later years so as not to interfere with Worlds. Since
then, the cities of Nottingham (England, 1990),
Besançon (France, 1992), Château d'OEx (Switzerland, 1994),
and Aosta (Italy, 1996) have hosted the biennial World Championship. The
6th World Hot Air
will be held in
(near Ottawa, Canada) from September 2 to 7, 1998.
||"Le Mans" start at the 1st Hot Airship Worlds in 1988. In this
event, participants take off all at once from one starting line.
(Image courtesy of
In the last ten years, the popularity of hot air airships has slowly
increased, mostly in continental Europe and England. Besides the World and
European Championships, more regional and informal competitions and gatherings
have been organized. Still, hot air airships are far from being a
common sight and a lot of work needs to be done in order to spread
their presence beyond the borders of Europe. One major step in this
direction was the
Hot Air Airship Championship
which took palce in Gatineau, Canada. This was first time
an event for hot airships was held on the North American Continent
and hopefully this fact will contribute to the popularization of
sportive powered aerostation in that part of and around the world.