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Published 2010/12/10 - 12:26 UTC

An Italian fishing boat has recovered the balloon USA2 flown by Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis. The basket contained two bodies which have been identified as the missing pilots. Plans are being made to repatriate the bodies and hold private ceremonies to remember the pilots.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11925697

Published 2010/10/05 - 09:00 UTC
The GB organisation will be working with the relatives of Carol Rymer Davis and Richard Abruzzo to assist in whatever capacity we can, whether through technical assistance or anything else the families require.

Our press statement policy is to publish all statements issued by the families.

We intend that there will be no further statements from the GB organisation. Like the families, we hope that answers will be found soon

Published 2010/10/04 - 22:30 UTC

The Organising Committee of the 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett has received the following statement from Nancy Abruzzo, the wife of Richard Abruzzo, one of the two pilots in the USA2 team:

Published 2010/10/04 - 16:00 UTC

We received the following statement from the Italian Coastguard earlier today:

Published 2010/10/02 - 11:18 UTC

The Organising Committee of the 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett has received the following statement from Nancy Abruzzo, the wife of Richard Abruzzo, one of the two pilots in the USA2 team:

Published 2010/10/01 - 18:25 UTC
The Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) has continued to search throughout the day with support from other civil and military assets, including US and Croatian Military.

Both families have been informed that the Gordon Bennett 2010 Control Centre received recorded transponder readings from the air traffic control unit local to the area where the balloon had last been tracked.

Published 2010/10/01 - 09:40 UTC

News Announcement 0930UTC/1030BST, Gordon Bennett Control Centre

The search and rescue operation continues for Gordon Bennett Race pilots Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer-Davis, Team USA2, balloon registration N801NM. The pilots are American citizens.

Published 2010/09/30 - 14:52 UTC

The search and rescue operation continues for Gordon Bennett Race pilots Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer-Davis, Team USA2, balloon registration N801NM. The pilots are American citizens.

Published 2010/09/30 - 08:53 UTC

Don Cameron, Race Director, has issued this statement at 0830UTC (0930BST) on 30th September 2010

Published 2010/09/29 - 18:56 UTC

Don Cameron, Race Director, has issued this statement at 1900UTC (2000BST) on 29th September 2010, which is available to download in PDF format at the bottom of the page, and reproduced below in text form.

Published 2010/09/29 - 15:26 UTC

Don Cameron, Race Director, has issued this statement at 1530UTC (1630BST) on 29th September 2010:

Published 2010/09/29 - 12:58 UTC

The Russian Team arrives back at Flight Control

Published 2010/09/29 - 12:01 UTC

Don Cameron, Flight Director, has just made this comment about the ongoing search for the American team of Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis:

We have not heard any more information since our last statement issued two hours ago. Search operations by The Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre are continuing.
Published 2010/09/29 - 11:42 UTC

Results in from GBR3 (David Hempleman-Adams & Simon Carey) and GER1 (Wilhelm Eimers & Ullrich Seel)

Published 2010/09/29 - 10:24 UTC

Two more balloons land.

Published 2010/09/29 - 10:15 UTC

Don Cameron, Race Director, has issued this statement at 1000UTC (1100BST) on 29th September 2010:

Published 2010/09/29 - 09:00 UTCDon Cameron, Race Director, has issued this statement at 0900UTC (1000BST) on 29th September 2010:
Reference: The USA2 team of Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis GB2010 control team are in contact with all relevant agencies. The Italian Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre has a fast boat and helicopter in the area. Next update: 1200BST/1100UTC
Published 2010/09/29 - 08:07 UTC

The Germans continue east, the Americans fly near an area of bad weather

Published 2010/09/29 - 07:40 UTC

Don Cameron, Race Director, has issued this statement at 0745UTC (0845BST) on 29th September 2010:

There is some concern about the USA2 team of Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis . The Italian ATC and coastguard have been informed. The coastguard has a fast boat in the area. The weather in the area is quite poor with thunderstorms reported.
Published 2010/09/29 - 06:20 UTC

80 Hours in the air - Three balloons still flying

Published 2010/09/29 - 00:56 UTC

Not much different from the last report!

Published 2010/09/28 - 23:03 UTC

Three balloons fly through the night - one is going nowhere, the other two fly over the Balkans. They have been airborne almost 3 days now.

Published 2010/09/28 - 20:22 UTC

There are big storms over Greece. What happens as they move east? Stefan has an idea...

Published 2010/09/28 - 20:12 UTC

The American team USA2 has almost stopped over the Adriatic Sea. Stafan Handl looks at the forecasts and comments about their options.

Published 2010/09/28 - 19:16 UTC

Three Teams in the air - interesting tactics?

Published 2010/09/28 - 15:42 UTC

Following the landing of GER2, we have three balloons left in the air.

Published 2010/09/28 - 14:57 UTC

Flight control just received a call from team GER2 (Matthias Zenge & Markus Pieper) that they have landed in the far north Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Published 2010/09/28 - 13:56 UTC

In the attachments section below you will see a file containing the latest standings of the teams. Please note that these are in no way the final or official results.

Published 2010/09/28 - 13:25 UTC

Colin Butter returns in time for the BBC news!

Published 2010/09/28 - 13:04 UTC

The balloons have been flying for over 60 hours now.

Published 2010/09/28 - 12:15 UTC

The website is happier today, following the decision to split the tracking page and the shouts page.

Published 2010/09/28 - 11:52 UTC

With only four teams remaining, what do the forecast trajectories indicate for the teams? Stefan Handl comments:

Published 2010/09/28 - 11:40 UTC

Four teams are still in the air - but how much ballast do they have left?

Published 2010/09/28 - 11:34 UTC

The Swiss team SWI2 are currently in the lead in the competition. This profile shows that they acheived this by flying high thoughout most of their flight

Published 2010/09/28 - 09:37 UTC

With no more of the competition area available to them, the Swiss team SWI2 of Kurt Frieden & Pascal Witpraechtiger appear to have landed in the far east of Romania

Published 2010/09/28 - 09:02 UTC

The leaders are about to land, the rest decide what to do, except for FRA2 who lands near to Naples.

Published 2010/09/28 - 04:28 UTC

Looking good for the teams "held up" by Italian airspace regulations

Published 2010/09/28 - 03:50 UTC

The control room has a 24 hour web cam going and they were surprised to see Croatia Air Traffic Control comment on it "we have just spoken to the Swiss balloon and can see you on the web cam." The control room asked them to pass on good luck to the Swiss team which they did before turning around to look at the web cam to see written out on a piece of paper "HELLO CROATIA ATC", which made them smile very much.

Published 2010/09/27 - 23:38 UTC

The teams are not allowed to fly over Italian soil, or within 5nm of it, between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise. They are allowed to fly within Italian airspace at night, as long as they stay more than 5nm from the land.

Corsica is one of the 26 régions of France, and the island of Sardinia belongs to Italy.

Published 2010/09/27 - 23:30 UTC

They're in the lead - at the moment. The race isn't over until the last balloon lands...

Published 2010/09/27 - 23:18 UTC

The Swiss race ahead, the rest bide their time

Published 2010/09/27 - 21:19 UTC

Six balloons still in the race.

Published 2010/09/27 - 20:56 UTC

In what must be one of the best stories from the race so far, Frenchmen Sebastien Rolland and Vincent Leys in aerostat F-PPSE found themselves over Sardinia at a great height and at high speed today just before sunset.

Certainement une des des meilleures histoires du concours.

Published 2010/09/27 - 20:49 UTC

Our guru Stefan Handl has looked at the forecast trajectories for these two teams through the night

Published 2010/09/27 - 18:39 UTC

Into the third night...

Published 2010/09/27 - 17:49 UTC

The French team FRA2 managed to escape from Italian soil with minutes to spare.

Published 2010/09/27 - 17:22 UTC

The atmosphere in the Flight Control Centre is electric...

Published 2010/09/27 - 16:50 UTC

With six teams still flying it's still "game on"!

Published 2010/09/27 - 16:41 UTC

The French team (FRA2) of Sebastien Rolland and Vincent Leys must clear a line 5nm to the east coast of Sardinia before 1739Z (around 55 minutes from now) otherwise they could be disqualified

Published 2010/09/27 - 15:47 UTC

With night approaching, what are the teams to do?

Published 2010/09/27 - 15:29 UTC

The Russian team have confirmed their landing in the south of France.

Published 2010/09/27 - 14:44 UTC

Don Cameron has just had confirmation that, as suspected, teams GER3 and USA3 have landed

Published 2010/09/27 - 13:58 UTC

10 balloons landed, 8 still flying and maybe 2 landed and yet to report

Published 2010/09/27 - 13:26 UTC

The Austrian team of Gerald Stürzlinger and Nikolaus Binder have landed in France, after a flight of approx 38 hours and a distance of almost 1000km.

Published 2010/09/27 - 13:04 UTC

Over 36 hours into the race and we still have more than half of the balloons still flying.

Published 2010/09/27 - 12:07 UTC

To give you an idea of the sort of decisions the teams have to make, our guru Stefan has generated some possible trajectories for three of the teams

Published 2010/09/27 - 11:33 UTC

Here's an update from the GB2010 Control Room

Published 2010/09/27 - 10:59 UTC

We have just had confirmation that team USA has landed.

Published 2010/09/27 - 10:43 UTC

12 teams still flying, 8 on the ground!

Published 2010/09/27 - 10:10 UTC

The GB2010 website went down earlier this morning. Our hosting providers are currently tuning the server to get best performance out of it.

Published 2010/09/27 - 09:43 UTC

We have had confirmation from two of the British teams that they have landed safely.

Published 2010/09/27 - 08:46 UTC

The GBR1 team of Colin Butter and Paul Spellward has landed.

Published 2010/09/27 - 08:29 UTC

With six balloons confirmed as having landed and two more planning to land, the race is taking an interesting turn.

Published 2010/09/27 - 08:15 UTC

We have just heard that team GBR1 (Butter and Spellward) are trying to land. We will report when we have official confirmation of their landing. We also suspect that the ladies team of Janet and Ann have landed. We have reports that they collected a lot of ice on their balloon overnight and had to use ballast.

Published 2010/09/27 - 07:46 UTC

We have just heard that the French team FRA1, Benoit Pelard and Benoît Péterlé, has landed.

Published 2010/09/27 - 07:33 UTC

The Belgian team of Gino Ciers and Jürgen Dobbelaere landed at 0710Z this morning, and have just contacted race control.

Published 2010/09/27 - 06:13 UTC

We've had a great "night shift" at Flight Control, with 4 balloons now landed.

Published 2010/09/27 - 03:10 UTC

Swiss Team Max Krebs & Walter Gschwendtner (HB-QHP) have spoken to Flight Control Team to report their landing time and position.

Published 2010/09/26 - 22:56 UTC

Our "heros of the skies" have been flying for 24 hours.

Published 2010/09/26 - 21:47 UTC

The late evening shift in the Control Centre are all busy on laptops.

Published 2010/09/26 - 20:18 UTC

Balloons head into the night

Published 2010/09/26 - 20:05 UTC

The plot below shows the dilemma faced by the teams. They cannot enter Italian airspace during the night.

Published 2010/09/26 - 18:12 UTC

Having warned our hosting provider about how popular the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett website would be, they assured us all would be fine.

Published 2010/09/26 - 17:55 UTC

19 flying, one landed!

Published 2010/09/26 - 17:19 UTC

The Japanese team have landed. Their location is N44deg 05.217min W000deg 56.662 min. Landing time was 1715GMT. The team did not fancy flying over the Pyrenees during the night, having used too much sand since takeoff.

Their official distance is 838.758km

Published 2010/09/26 - 13:55 UTC

Japanese still ahead - what are they planning?

Published 2010/09/26 - 13:23 UTC

The latest "Hysplit" trajectory forecast shows the balloons turning left around midnight

Published 2010/09/26 - 12:36 UTC

No change at the front - Japanese 70km in the lead

Published 2010/09/26 - 11:38 UTC

The Japanese continue to increase their lead

Published 2010/09/26 - 10:26 UTC

The Japanese are still in the lead, by an increasing distance of 40km.

Published 2010/09/26 - 09:09 UTC

The Japanese team of Saburo Ichiyoshi and Akio Hachinohe have a 20km lead over second place Swiss team Max Krebs and Walter Gschwendtner.

Published 2010/09/26 - 08:43 UTC

"Stand back! Hands Off!"

Published 2010/09/26 - 07:06 UTC

The lead balloons (Max Krebs Walter Gschwendtner HB-QHP and Saburo Ichiyoshi Akio Hachinohe JA-A1044) have crossed the cross the French coast around Saint-Malo.

Published 2010/09/26 - 06:11 UTC

The lead balloons (Max Krebs Walter Gschwendtner HB-QHP and Saburo Ichiyoshi Akio Hachinohe JA-A1044) are about the cross the French coast around Saint-Malo.

Published 2010/09/26 - 05:21 UTC

The lead balloons (Max Krebs Walter Gschwendtner HB-QHP and Saburo Ichiyoshi Akio Hachinohe JA-A1044) are crossing the sea between Jersey and Guernsey.

Published 2010/09/26 - 03:56 UTC

All the teams except for the Swiss2 team (Kurt Frieden Pascal Witpraechtiger HB-QKF) are over the English Channel

Published 2010/09/26 - 02:57 UTC

The balloons are heading out across the English Channel on their way to France. The Swiss team of HB-QKF Frieden is in the lead at the moment

Published 2010/09/25 - 20:29 UTC

The UK Met Office has issued a final set of trajectory forecasts for the event.

Published 2010/09/25 - 20:21 UTC

Taken at 21.10

Published 2010/09/25 - 19:58 UTC

15 out of the 20 balloons have been inflated, or are almost inflated. Still hoping to launch between 2200 and 2300

Published 2010/09/25 - 19:57 UTC

Cheese!

Published 2010/09/25 - 19:01 UTC

12 balloons inflated in almost complete darkness,
8 to go

Published 2010/09/25 - 18:09 UTC

The Launch order of the balloons will be as follows:

Published 2010/09/25 - 16:48 UTC

There are now three balloons inflated - F-PPSE, D-OWBA and D-OCFT

Published 2010/09/25 - 13:57 UTC

We have started to inflate one of the netted balloons. Watch online!

Published 2010/09/25 - 13:19 UTC

I've asked the versatile Jane to roam the site and take a few pictures. These should be available in our Gallery once they have uploaded.

Published 2010/09/25 - 12:56 UTC

The webcam is now available. At the moment it is transmitting pictures from the pilots' marquee - later it will be of the launch field

Go to our channel on uStream (apologies for the adverts - we can't afford to have the paid version)

Published 2010/09/25 - 12:27 UTC

The Pilots have just received their first onsite briefing. The news from Flight Director Don Cameron is that the wind should abate later this afternoon and the next briefing will be at 1800 local

Published 2010/09/25 - 12:08 UTC

Up at the launchsite, the hydrogen trucks have arrived and the teams are filling sandbags. It's very windy up here so it looks like the launch will be delayed into the evening.

Sorry there aren't more updates - I will try to update when I can - trying to get the webcam going!




Published 2010/09/25 - 07:14 UTC

The UK Met Office has issued another set of trajectory forecasts for the event.

Published 2010/09/24 - 21:30 UTC

Friday 24th: All 20 teams registered for the race this morning at the Redwood Lodge Hotel, Bristol.

Published 2010/09/24 - 14:18 UTC

The take-off order of the teams was decided at the Master Briefing by a "tombola" draw.

Published 2010/09/24 - 13:19 UTC

All the teams have arrived in Bristol and registered their entries for the race. Pilots have time for a quick lunch before having to attend the master briefing at 2pm.

Published 2010/09/24 - 07:11 UTC

The UK Met Office has issued another set of trajectory forecasts for the event.

Published 2010/09/23 - 14:59 UTC

The Competition Map has been updated to reflect the latest countries who have confirmed that the balloons can fly through them.

Published 2010/09/23 - 08:35 UTC

The UK Met Office has issued another set of trajectory forecasts for the event.

Published 2010/09/22 - 23:26 UTC

The GB team of David Hempleman-Adams and Simon Carey have completed their test flight in their brand-new Cameron Balloons GB-1000.

Published 2010/09/22 - 10:16 UTC

The UK Met Office has issued the first trajectory forecasts for the event.

Published 2010/09/22 - 09:35 UTC

We have a very limited number of extra launch-day tickets available.

Published 2010/09/17 - 23:21 UTC

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has indicated that he will be attending the closing ceremony of the Coupe Aéronautique, and presenting the awards to the winners.

Published 2010/09/17 - 23:15 UTC

The FAI ballooning Commission (CIA) has issued a press release about the event.

Published 2010/09/16 - 14:58 UTC

All applications for tickets must be posted to Hannah Cameron TODAY (Thursday 16th)!!

Published 2010/09/15 - 12:05 UTC

The organising committee of the 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett is saddened to learn that our Czech pilots and friends Jan Smrcka and Zuzka Smrchova will be unable to take part in the race this year.

Published 2010/09/01 - 21:49 UTC
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Published 2010/08/27 - 12:11 UTC

There is a campsite available within 1.5 miles (2.5km) of the launchsite, with an overflow into a normal grass field, with a drinking water standpipe and waste disposal services, but no electric hook-up. The cost is £10 per night per caravan or motor home.

Published 2010/08/26 - 23:00 UTC

With less than a month to go until the planned start of the race, preparations are in full flow. Your committee is working hard to ensure a successful race.

Published 2010/08/26 - 22:59 UTC

Members of the BBAC should order their launchsite tickets before 31st August, when the £10 special offer expires. Download the form from our tickets page

Published 2010/08/16 - 20:10 UTC

Newsletter number six for competitors has been published and sent by email to all registered entrants. If you have not received your copy and think that you should have, please contact Hannah Cameron

Published 2010/07/22 - 22:46 UTC

The starting place for the 2010 Gordon Bennett has had to be changed, owing to the huge cost and organisational effort of holding an event in a public space.

Published 2010/06/29 - 20:35 UTC

Newsletter number five for competitors has been published and sent by email to all registered entrants. If you have not received your copy and think that you should have, please contact Hannah Cameron

Published 2010/06/10 - 21:14 UTC

On Thursday 10th June the Organising Committee of the 2010 Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett held a press conference in the main chamber at Bristol City Council House. The "top table" speeches were given by Dr Janet Folkes, David Hempleman-Adams, Anthony Smith and Don Cameron. A demonstration of hot-air ballooning (rather than gas ballooning) was given on College Green, and various video clips were followed by a question-and-answer session.

Published 2010/06/09 - 22:18 UTC

Newsletter no.4 has been published for entrants in the competition.

Published 2010/04/27 - 13:30 UTC

The deadline for teams to enter the 2010 Race has passed. We are collecting all the information together and will publish a final list of entrants as soon as it is available.

Published 2010/04/22 - 12:40 UTC

Teams can now download the final rules for this year's competition from http://www.gordonbennett2010.com/downloads

There are now only four days left for teams to enter the competition.

Published 2010/04/14 - 00:46 UTC

The Organising Committee of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2010 is pleased to be able to offer VIP tickets to the two fantastic social events surrounding the race, as well as tickets for a prime spot on launch day.

Published 2010/04/07 - 22:28 UTC

The organising committee of the GB2010 is delighted to welcome Martin Harris to the team as the race's Meteorological Adviser. Martin has a vast experience of ballooning weather to share with the organisers and teams.

Published 2010/04/02 - 23:25 UTC

The revised entry date for nations to enter their pilots has now passed. Currently there are 23 teams entered from 12 countries. We may see some teams drop out because of a clash of dates with the America's Challenge Race at Albuquerque the week after.

Published 2010/03/22 - 22:55 UTC

Entries are invited from pilots who wish to fly "hors concours" (outside the competition). A separate trophy will be awarded. Enter by 26th April, cost is £3500 with £250 reimbursed on safe return of the logger.

Published 2010/03/22 - 22:43 UTC

In a surprise development, the closing date for nations to nominate teams to race in the 2010 Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett has been extended until 29th March. One more team, from the Czech Republic, has entered.

Published 2010/03/22 - 22:38 UTC

Newsletter no.3 has been published for entrants in the competition.

Published 2010/03/15 - 23:09 UTC

The deadline for National Aero Clubs to enter their country's teams into the race has passed! By 15th March, 11 countries had nominated 22 teams to fly in the 2010 Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett!

Published 2010/03/15 - 21:23 UTC

Don Cameron has published newsletter number 2 for competitors

Published 2010/03/06 - 22:18 UTC

With just over a week to go until National Aero Clubs need to confirm their teams, six countries have replied and 13 teams are proposed.
We hope to hear from the USA, Switzerland and Belgium soon!

Published 2010/01/29 - 21:18 UTC

Entries are now invited for the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2010. Please download your entry form from this page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Published 2010/01/05 - 22:34 UTC

The first newsletter for competitiors has been published.

Published 2009/12/17 - 18:43 UTC

The UK Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race Committee is proud to announce that Bristol has been selected for the start of the race in September 2010 from a short list of four.