The FédérationAéronautique Inter-
national announced, at the organization’s
weretwo main themes of discussion. Del-
egates watched the FAI programs on five
partnership with Transworld International.
Itwasagreed that further improvements
in air sport safety were an urgent priority,
to combat the common public perception
that air sportswere toorisky.
Following receipt of a very generous
donation from Princess Carla de Orleans-
(father of the former 1st Vice President of
fromwhichwill be usedtoawardprizes
cluding simulated flying. It is hopedthat
the first awardwill be made in 2000.
an “International Air Sport Academy” on
the island of Icaria, location of the legend-
aviation.There arealsoplansfor acer-
island,inconnection withthe World Air
was re-elected for a sixth, andfinal, one-
year term of office.
In other news, the FAI has received a
Class A (Freeballoons) record claim from
Troy Bradley of the U.S. Bradley took off
in a Roziere balloon, AM-1 less than250
October20 andlandednear SpringHill,
claims are for distance of 569.71 kilome-
The National Aeronautique Associa-
tion announced that six persons have been
Theyare MaxBleck, W.Barron Hilton,
Corwi n“Co rky ”Mey er,Marg aret
Award wasestablishedin1954to honor
outstandingAmericanswho, bytheir ef-
contributions of significant value to aero-
BarronHilton was nominated by the
long association with aviation as a strong
financial and inspirational supporter. Mr.
Hilton has supported many valuable avia-
tion ventures including the Barron Hilton
Cup for soaring and round-the-world bal-
Susan Genett’s Real Weather, a com-
pany specializing in custom global weather
forecasts, has been established to provide
various commercial enterprises andven-
tures that canbe affectedby the weather.
participants or sponsors to avoid adverse
conditions or take advantage of favorable
ones if they know about them in advance.
Rice’s Weather Window, a firm that spe-
distance boat and balloonraces.
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On the afternoon ofJuly 22 the police
from the public about an escaped balloon,
and inline with an age oldtradition they
envelopeof thetethered rideballoon based
gusty conditions while being inflated fol-
lowingsome maintenance work.
Five minutes after it beganitsflight
the balloonfell out of the clouds. “It was
sembled a partially closedumbrella with
upside down, lost most of its gas, and the
according toChristine Bannan.
some small trees. Ten feet oneway and no
wouldhave fallenontothe railwaywith
Last reported breakaway balloonin
break awayballooninthe US was 1901,
seeBalloon Life, October 1998,Adrift in
a Runaway Balloon.EditedfromAero-
stat, Journal of British Balloon & Airship
Andy ElsonandColinPrescott may
not have wonthe race tobe first around-
the-world by balloon, but now the duo is
plans a flight to 132,000 feet. SeeBalloon
Life’s Special Report,Race to Space,Sep-
adventures who teamed last winter on the
ICOGlobal Challenger balloon will join a
ten-man crewaboard Fossett’sPlayStation
catamaran to try and break the crossing by
sail record of six days and thirteen hours.