Welcome to the Fansite - The 2013 party is over !!!


Saturday 24-08-2013 - Pictures and Video Bennie


Sunday 10-08-2013 - 360 degree view

Ralf Rodenbeckenschnieder made a great 360 degree view above the air field with many balloons.
You can easily look around using your mouse. click here.



Thursday 08-08-2013 - Pictures and Video Nienke


Thursday 08-08-2013 - Digital location of "Aerofil".

If you missed one or more copy's of the fiesta newspaper "Aerofil", you can download them here.



Monday 05-08-2013 - Thanks and Nienke's Blog

   

We would like to thank all the people who made this 2013 edition to a great success. We had a wonderful
week in sunny France with many, many friends. You can read all about it in Nienke's Blog "Airdreams".

 




Thursday 25-07-2013 - Webcams

There are 2 options to look at the launchfield from anywhere in the world.
Webcam 1 - Option 1 is a webcam with an automatic refresh of 5 second.
Webcam 2 - Option 2 is a Live stream.


Monday 21-07-2013 - Shuttle available

A shuttle will be available for 10 days of the event. It goes every day from the station of
“Pagny-sur-Moselle” at 4 p.m. Visitors are deposited on the bus parking of Chambley Planet'Air
around 4:45 p.m. Go back to "Pagny-sur-Moselle": 8:40 p.m. at the same parking. Users in
direction of Nancy can take the train. Those one to Metz are invited to stay on board,
they will be conducted in Metz station.



Sunday 21-07-2013 - Inauguration

The day dedicated to the Regional Council of Lorraine, the main partner, is on July 27th.
The inauguration is scheduled at 5 p.m. An opportunity to showcase all the actors of the festival.
This Saturday, July 31st and August 3rd, the cameras of Lorraine.eu will film in live the evening
balloons ascent. A stage will welcome many guests. This will be the official beginning of the 13th
edition which took place for twenty years in the airfield of Chambley Planet'Air.
The tricolor ribbon for the official ceremony will arrive by air.

 

Tuesday 16-07-2013 - Timetable

Friday, July 26th 

9:00 a.m.  
Pilots Welcome

4:00 p.m.
Opening of the site to the public

6:30 p.m.
First Mass hot air balloon ascent

10:00 p.m
Stars observation evening
Saturday, July 27th

LORRAINE Regional Council DAY

6:30 a.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent and Postal flight

5:00 p.m.
Official Event Opening

6:30 p.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent Solo Challenge

10:00 p.m
Model balloons night show (new)

Sunday, July 28th

6:30 a.m.
« The Great Line »* (world record) / Postal flight

11:00 a.m.
Mass of Nations (chapel of the site)

6:30 p.m.
Flags Flight / Mass hot air balloon ascent

10:00 p.m
Outdoor Cinema showing
Monday, July 29th

Beginning of the 13th LMAB Trophy Competition

6:30 a.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent and competition
/ Postal flight

6:30 p.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent and competition
/ Passing the burner Challenge

10:00 p.m
Documentary films showing (Auditorium - G Hangar)

Tuesday, July 30th

4:30 a.m.
Gone with the wind Challenge

6:30 a.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent and competition 
/ Postal flight

6:30 p.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent and competition

10:00 p.m
Kites night show
Wednesday, July 31th

6:30 a.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent and competition
/ Postal flight

6:30 p.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent and competition

9:00 p.m.
8th New Century Cup (gas balloons)

10:00 p.m
«Night Line performance Glow»

Thursday, August 1st

6:30 a.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent and competition
/ Postal flight

6:30 p.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent and competition
/ Very Old Burner Challenge

10:00 p.m
Outdoor Cinema showing
Friday, August 2nd

6:30 a.m. Mass hot air balloon ascent and competition
/ Postal flight

4:00 p.m. Blood donation

6:30 p.m. Mass hot air balloon ascent and competition
End of the 13th LMAB Trophy Competition

10:00 p.m Stars observation evening

Saturday, August 3rd

6:30 a.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent and Postal flight

5:00 p.m.
Award ceremony

6:30 p.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent

10:00 p.m
Model balloons night show
Sunday, August 4th

6:30 a.m.
Mass hot air balloon ascent and Postal flight

11:00 a.m.
Mass of Fraternity (chapel of the site)

6:30 p.m.
Farwell Mass hot air balloon ascent

No evening show


Monday 16-07-2013

Did you know that there are 19 flights planned and that for 25 years, the average of successful takeoffs is 14.77. The worst edition with 11 flights, the best edition with 18. Looking forward for some great fun !!!

 

Monday 01-07-2013 - Place to sleep (very close to the launchfield) (BOOKED !!!)

 
Nice little mobile home (24m2) for rent, 300 meters away from the launch field in the little village of Hagéville. Can fit max seven people (6 adults and one kid under 1.40m). One bedroom with double bed. One bedroom with two single beds + 1 small bed (train like) for a kid. And 2 more possible beds in the living. Shower, Toilets, Kitchen with Fridge, Possibility to wash clothes in our house, barbecue and garden table available to barbecue. Available for ten to twelve days, same price, 800€.
Contact, Etienne SCHERTZ (BOOKED)


Monday 01-07-2013 - New entrance

For a better welcome of public during Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons® 2013, parking lots were redeveloped. Please note that the public entrance will be from south of the Chambley Planet'Air aerodrome (from the village named Saint-Julien-lčs-Gorze). Guests, buses and motorcycles will pass by the north (Hagéville). Crews and disabled people will come from the west as in 2011 (Dampvitoux). Admission and parking for public are offered by the Regional Council of Lorraine!


Wednesday 01-05-2013 - Great promotion article in "Ballooning".

I proudly present you the latest article of my daughter Nienke Bos. It was published in the newest issue of "Ballooning", the journal of the balloon federation of America. 





The article in PDF format can be opened by clicking on the picture. Have fun reading it !!!


Wednesday 24-04-2013 - Rooms for rent, 20 minutes drive from fiesta location

Edwige Desplanches has 2 rooms for rent at about 20 minutes drive from the fiesta location. Edwige speaks English and can be contacted for information, photos, and prices by sending an email to edwige_desplanches@orange.fr Edwige rents two bedrooms.
One for three people and one for a couple. So if you are looking for bed and breakfast close to the fiesta location, get in contact.


Tuesday 16-04-2013 - 100 days to go - New official promotion video

The magic will start in 100 days from now !!!
The organisation published today a brandnew promotion video. Please take a look in High Definition by clicking the picture.

Time to register for the biggest balloon event of 2013. Be there or be sorry you missed it.

Go to the official website by clicking at the blue button above and register now !!!


Monday 25-02-2013 - Wonderful Facebook album of Emmanuel Quinart Photographe

Emmanuel Quinart Photographe shows us wonderfull pictures of the 2011 Mondial on Facebook. Click here.


Wednesday 07-02-2013
Press Release #2:
170 days left before Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons® 2013: "The Big One"

Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons® is a unique event in the world, the most magical of all the aerostatic shows. For 25 years, each edition (13th in 2013) attracts 3,000 pilots and crews from the whole world and more than 300,000 spectators for a ten-day festival (flights morning and evening). From July 26th to August 4th, 2013, on the airfield of Chambley Planet'Air in the heart of the Nature Park of Lorraine, between Metz (Moselle) and Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle), the "incredible" will return. "The Big One" say aeronauts.
The event associates animations on the ground and in the air, to the delight of the young and old! All aviation disciplines are represented between the two daily ballets of multicolored bubbles. Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons® in addition to its international character, is also a major economic player. Media and economic impacts in Lorraine, on the borders of Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. The latest edition generated several million of Euros. "A real tourist attraction operation, combining the region high diversity, with the slogan - Beyond the dream -" say the organizers. Three good reasons to come in Lorraine. The next edition will be full of news, without forgetting what has made it success over the years, such as radio controlled balloons, kites, water rockets, wind garden, air sports and many other animations. For hot air balloons, 67 nations are invited. 70% of pilots are foreigners. During the week, they will be many to participate in competitions that are organized. But the highlight of the show is undoubtedly the world record of hundreds of balloons on the tracks of the aerodrome.

In 2011, the performance was 343 balloons and 357 aligned counted on the ground, ready to take off. Many VIPs from the aviation world are also expected for the 230th anniversary of the first human flight made by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier (Lorraine / 1754-1785) on November 21st, 1783. Lorraine also hosts in 2013, alongside LMAB (Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons®), two other major international events such as the exhibition "Views from above" at the Centre Pompidou Metz and hundreds of events throughout Lorraine and Nancy, linked to the Renaissance years. Three good reasons to discover Lorraine through three complementary visions.


Saturday 19-01-2013 - New Promo video of the organisation

Check out this new promo video of the organisation, pretty cool !!!

Just click on the picture.



Time to register for the biggest balloon event of 2013. Be there or be sorry you missed it.

Click on the registration link at the top of this page and register on the official website.


Tuesday 08-01-2013 - Press Release #1: "Beyond the dream".

Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons, the biggest gathering of hot air balloons in the world, will take place from July 26th to August 4th 2013.

Ten days of aeronautic festivities on the airfield of Chambley Planet'Air, where hundreds of colorful balloons will marvel thousands of spectators. Unique in the world in the heart of Lorraine (in Meurthe et Moselle), this event is a "superproduction" which is ranked at the top 10 events in France: "Beyond the dream" !

For nearly 25 years (1st edition in 1989), this air ballet also pays tribute to the first flying machine: the hot air balloon, built and flown in 1783. Man achieves the impossible: to fly like birds. This magic invention, of more than 200 yo (230 years in 2013), is still making the youngest and the oldest dreaming. Generations go on and aerostatic fervor stays intact.

Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons's success is based on a thousand international pilots who gather during this event. Americans, Africans, Asians and Europeans "make the show" twice a day, morning and evening, by flying aboard hundreds of colorful balloons. Both competition and show, the gathering is also an opportunity to become an air sports aficionados.

Not to be missed the world record! The organizers wish to break their own record in 2013. A double line of 343 balloons, ready to take off. An amazing show with thousands of photos and videos that spread over the whole planet. And many other surprises are planned to promote ballooning and Lorraine around the world.

 

Saturday 15-12-2012 - Allready 230 balloons !!!

Still 7,5 months to go before the Mondial 2013 starts and allready 230 balloons registered. This is amazing.
Looks like the next edition will be a BIG one !!!
Be there, or be sorry you missed it. 10 days of Fun, Friendship
and Flying. You can launch every morning and evening. Mobilize your crew and bring your colorful balloons to this huge party !!! Teams from all over the world found allready their way to this wonderful, huge and safe flying area. Register now, got to the official website !!!

 

Saturday 14-07-2012 - Promotion video

I just finished my promotion video for the Mondial 2013.
Take a look at the HD version by clicking on the picture.

You want to see more after watching this promotion video ???
We have 2 long video's available for you:
Video Bennie - Video Nienke
 

Wednesday 27-06-2012 - Great slideshow Mondial 2011 by Batistini Gaston

A great slideshow with wide-angle pictures of the Mondial 2011 made by Batistini Gaston.
Just click on the picture to start the slideshow.




Friday 23-06-2012 - 50 minutes documentary.

Doc 24 Lorraine - Au balcon du monde
French Television 3



Take a look at this great 50 minutes documentary.
Only available in French language but with beautiful images.
Just click on the picture.

Be there in 2013 !!!

Friday 15-06-2012 - Registration edition 2013 is open now !!!

Today the registration opened for the Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons in 2013.
Click on this link to go to the official website and be one of the first to register for
the best balloonmeeting in the world !!!

Monday 05-03-2012 - Important date !!!

Today the organisation announced an important date.
On June 15th 2012 the registration starts for the 2013 edition !!!


Sunday 12-02-2012 - Video request.

We are looking for nice video's about the 2011 edition of the Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons.
If you find good video's on the internet, please email us the links and we update the videopage.

Monday 08-08-2011 - Video Mondial Air Ballons by Bennie Bos Online

It was a hard job to select the most brilliant frames out of my 800+ videoshots but i finally completed
my 15 minutes movie about the Mondial 2011. Please click on the button "Mondial Video's" or simply click here.
And . . . . . i am finally on Facebook.


Wednesday 03-08-2011 - Video Mondial Air Ballons Online - Source: Airdreams

I hereby proudly present my Mondial Air Ballons 2011 video report! Sit back, relax and live the dream once again!
Click the button "Mondial Video's" at the left side of this website or here.


Tuesday 02-08-2011 - Blog by Bennie Bos

We worked hard to finish our picturecollection of the Mondial 2011.
You are invited to sit down and enjoy the best moments of this great event.
Please take a look at our photopage behind the button "Mondial Pictures"
at the left side of this website.
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Keep visiting this website, there is more to come.

Sunday 31-7-2011 - Blog by Bennie Bos

This morning I made a beautiful “low level” flight with pilot Peter George and his happy team in the “Grand Brittania” balloon. I love low flying and the environment of the airbase in Chambley is definitely perfect for it; hardly no farms or cattle. Playing around with other balloons is so much fun. During the flight you can talk to other pilots and people on the ground and just touch the tips of grass and trees with the bottom of your basket. Peter is from England, so the gas bottles needed to be completely emptied before transport by the channel train would be allowed. After our landing on the last fuel the fiesta ended for us.

It is always nice to go home, however, with sadness in our eyes we said goodbye to many warm and friendly people we met these last 10 days on the Chambley airbase. We would like to thank all our old and many new friends for the warm feelings and happy moments they gave us during this great edition of Mondial Air Ballons. We didn’t have much sun this period but the sun was definitely shining in our hearts every day. The many, many great moments we experienced where priceless.

Keep visiting this website because we are preparing a feedback list for you. We would like to know what you have to say about for example the new layout of the airbase. Please wait for the feedback list, it’s coming soon.

At this moment we are scrolling through our thousands of pictures and selecting only the best ones for a great photo page which will be published soon. We would also like to see your pictures, so please email us the link to your pictures! We collect these links under the button “Mondial Links”. Don’t send the pictures; the link to your online content is enough. In the next period Nienke and I separately will work on our Mondial 2011 video since we have lots of great digital moving material.

Many thanks and please keep in contact with us. Balloon life is great!


Saturday 30-7-2011 - Blog by Nienke Bos - Source: Airdreams

Not as much fog as yesterday morning; nice! After the briefing I went straight off to the France 3 studio. Finally, the preparations could be start for a short interview. Peter George put his balloon in sight of the camera, so I was filmed together with my favorite balloon taking off. During the interview the moderator and I discussed the Mondial Air Ballons fan page, the ‘waiting waiting waiting… cancel’ principle and the improvements made by the organization this year. It was a light ten minute talk and I felt very comfortable being interviewed about my biggest passion. Wanna see it? Just click here.

After the interview I took a short walk over the launch area with my dad. We enjoyed the slight sun and the huge amount of balloons still taking off. When we were about to go back to our car a French balloon team headed towards us. Clever lesson: never say ‘no’ immediately when a Frenchman asks if you speak French (that’s what a young couple standing near to us did). After a ‘un peu’ from my side the pilot invited us to join his flight since he didn’t have passengers yet. So, there we went, completely unexpected with both feet from the ground again. From the first moment onwards I had this strange ‘I hope this will all be ok’ feeling. Confused rushing crew members, the balloon not spread out towards the right direction, twisted wires, etc… What was I doing here? Is this French style ballooning? Eventually I climbed on board, keeping this uncomfortable feeling during the whole flight. I was surprised however by the amazing sight from above. The sun was doing its best to burn away some little sheep like clouds while still many balloons were happily flying over typical small French villages.

After this moment of enjoyment I decided to close my eyes. Landing time. My goodness, we were heading straight towards a retrieve vehicle parked in the middle of our landing field. We had quite some speed and after lots and lots of burning the basket eventually just missed the car. Oefff! Then the actual landing came: BAM BAM BAM; an elbow in my stomach, a heavy guy falling on me and a propane tank which was not safely secured crushing my feet. What a delight to be out of that basket again. Luckily the morning ended calm. During refueling I had a little children talk in French with the pilot his son and his little friend. They for example asked me if I have animals at home. After my answer they proudly summed up all their pets. Sweet. The pilot’s son is blind but I was amazed by the brightness of this little fellow. He disconnected all gas valves on his own and was perfectly manageable to help packing the balloon. He did everything by touch, and it was great to see how well this worked out.

The evening started with Austrian schnapps and cookies, hmm! The Dutch-Latvian team from Hans van Hoesel asked if my dad and I wanted to join for a flight with the ladybird balloon later on. Of course! We got introduced to the Russian team and their self made balloon. Even though there was a slight language barrier the Russians left a really good impression giving us a nice Russian balloon magazine and some pictures of their balloon. In comparison with this morning I felt comfortable and safe right away with Hans and his son Andris both flying the balloon. It was relatively dark, however, the colors were good for the pictures. It was a very pleasant flight with a hard but way better landing than this morning.

During the slowly traditional British-American ballooning after party we enjoyed some cheesecake and champagne. Unfortunately it was also already time to say goodbye to some Americans leaving France tomorrow in the early morning again. This long day ended with a sweet comment from Priscilla: ‘I will call one of my kitty cats Nienke!’. Adorable


Friday 29-7-2011 - Blog by Nienke Bos - Source: Airdreams

So much fog this morning! When driving towards the launch field we could only look some meters ahead of us. This continued the whole morning: fog, fog and even more fog. The organization still saw a possibility for takeoff and kept the pilots waiting. After a two our nap in the car I noticed the situation still didn’t change. My dad and I drove onto the field and met Hans Pravda and his still half asleep team there. We tried to keep ourselves awake with Austrian homemade schnapps. Good morning! The flight was eventually canceled, as well as the interview which was actually scheduled for today. Off to Nancy for a short city trip then! Together with my dad I walked the Art Nouveau route there. We had a look at Villa Majorelle and the museum of the School of Nancy. Definitely worth a visit if you’re into Art Nouveau. Lovely architecture and furniture can be found there. In a Russian food shop I later on found the curd snacks I normally eat everyday when being in Latvia. Hmm, happy Nienke!

The evening didn’t bring much good. The weather was getting worse and worse and the flight had to be canceled. Back at the hotel Peter, Sarah, my dad and I enjoyed a beer and a delicious cheesecake while watching pictures and movies from flights earlier this week.


Thursday 28-7-2011 - Blog by Nienke Bos - Source: Airdreams

After the shortest night till now I drove to the airbase together with Sarah and my dad. We saw two gasballoons; they took off already before the briefing started. The gasballoon with German pilots Dominik Haggeney and Astrid Gehardt was about to take off when the briefing just started. No briefing for me; my still well working gasballoon magnet sent me straight towards this mysterious envelop filled with hydrogen. The balloon eventually took off carrying a Norwegian flag. What a lovely gesture.

The hot air balloon pilots prepared themselves for another morning flight.
The sun tried its very best to show up, but after 10 minutes it failed already again.

This evening the sun surprised us all. It was there, the whole time! That didn’t happen during any day before. In the hangar I met Dutch balloon pilot Hans van Hoesel. We eventually figured out that Hans has an apartment in Riga, only a few blocks away from where I normally live. What a small world! I was pleased to meet Hans his wife and her son later on; they’re from Latvia but speak Dutch perfectly.

A while ago someone from the France 3 television station contacted me and my dad with the message that they would like to interview us about our Mondial Air Ballons fansite www.mondialairballons.com. My dad decided this
would be a good job for me. We went to the studio, introduced ourselves and got all kind of information about how France 3 put this event in the spotlights, on television and on the world wide web. The interview is scheduled for tomorrow morning during takeoff, live from the launch field. Exciting!

American pilot Mike Schrum invited me and my dad to join him for the evening flight. He brought ‘Laristra’ with him; the biggest chili pepper ever. I was honored to step on board of this fascinating balloon. We took off accompanied by hundreds of smiling faces from the audience looking at us while applauding. Goosebumps! What a lovely moment. When my dad later on asked Mike why on earth he bought this difficult to handle balloon he pointed out that a happy audience makes every drop of sweat worth it. He’s absolutely right. We had a great flight with the three of us. Eventually 24 people helped packing the balloon. All these people later on stood in a big truck like cattle, going back to the airbase for some refueling. Another perfect day in France; a big thank you to Mike, Nick and their French help troops!


Wednesday 27-7-2011 - Blog by Nienke Bos - Source: Airdreams

I started the day with sleepy eyes and a warm bath at 04.30 a.m. Every day here starts with a one second thought: ‘why am I doing this to myself?’, followed by some mental images of a mass take off at Chambley. Then I realize again that all these early wake ups are definitely worth it. A line up was scheduled for this morning with the aim to set a new world record. It was a wonderful sight to see hundreds of balloons lined up and take off almost simultaneously. My dad made a flight with Austrian balloon pilot Hans Pravda while I stayed with two feet on the ground capturing today’s record attempt. Most balloons eventually disappeared out of sight because of some slight fog while some were still carefully lighted by some shy sunrays. I took a break reading the local newspaper and chatting around with a Dutch balloon spotter who nicknamed himself ‘Scooter Willy’. When Willy decided to hunt for some food I kept myself awake with some Finnish symphonic metal (even though I absolutely don’t like metal; a symphonic touch can do miracles). When my dad came back we joined Tarp and Desiree Head and Peter George’s team drinking beer and champagne while eating chocolate, sausages and cheese. What a lovely breakfast!

  

The afternoon was rather lazy. After a nap I took a small walk through Pont-a-Mousson. It was quite sunny and warm, but that changed once we got off to the launch area. Sarah and I filled the time we had to wait with our traditional two year update talk; lovely girly gossip once again. Peter invited me to fly with him and his G-UKUK today. Yeah, flight number 50! It was great to share this special milestone with Peter and Sarah, who also
joined the flight.

After half an hour we had to land because a big grayish cloud was approaching. What a coincidence, the weather was ok everywhere and right above the field and towards our landing spot this massive bad cloud had to appear. Our landing caused a big traffic jam since everyone passing us stopped to make a picture. Some curious French children ran towards us for a small welcome, however, once they heard the burner their scared faced showed up. When hiding behind their mom they were fine again. Isaac, Tarp and Desiree did some good retrieving and found us right away. With some teamwork we packed the balloon within minutes. One French spectator started asking all kind of irrelevant questions. I was unable to answer any of them since I couldn’t stop smiling about his 10 cm zipper being unintentionally opened proudly. I have some difficulties taking persons serious in such a situation. As soon as we closed the trailer it started to rain. What a shower! At the entertainment area of the airbase we eventually found some empty tents. There we built up a little table which we packed with food and drinks. Next to our tent was a ‘free fall simulator’; a huge turbine which makes you feel like flying even though you’re secured with some elastic ropes. That was some great entertainment during the late evening.


Wednesday 27-7-2011 - Blog by Bennie Bos

One thing that is really appreciated among the balloonteams this year is gasfilling. The organisation build a huge gasstation on a remote part of the field, special for ballooning. It is easy to acces and there is enough space for the drivers to drive in and drive out without any problem. The station consist 4 units with each 36 filling hoses, so a total of 144. Cars are not allowed nearby gasfilling. Crews can put there gasbottles on a handy cart and walk to the fillingpoints where there is always enough space to start filling directly. A security member checks if you have the right privilige to acces the area. I heard a lot of people talking about this unique station, they never seen it anywhere in the world and they love it. A big compliment to the organisation.

  


Tuesday 26-7-2011 - Blog by Nienke Bos - Source: Airdreams

This morning some rain fronts were present at the area around the launch field, however, they were luckily far away enough to cause any trouble. Conclusion: flyable! It was an extremely grey morning but hundreds of pilots quickly changed it into a colorful one with hundreds of balloons. Some voluntary retrieving brought some nice shots of heaps of balloons over French little villages.


Exhausted Nienke in the early morning with a gigantic Swedish hygienic glove.


After a welcome nap my dad and I took off to Metz. We combined our visit with a short stop at the garage where we left our replacement car. The funny mechanic welcomed us with a happy 'Oooh, mister Bos, hahaha!'. Our own Ford is repaired; dad’s wallet is a lot lighter now but in return we got a nice working car again. We took a cab which brought us from the garage to our hotel. The driver was very talkative. He guessed I was from Sweden and gave me some compliments about my light hair color. I rediscovered the fact that I learned French for some years. I somehow managed to have a half an hour long smooth conversation with the cab driver about balloons, Dutch tulips and Dutch people invading the French motorway. It was extremely rainy once we arrived at the hotel. Luckily the rain soon disappeared and allowed all pilots to make a pleasant flight without too much wind. Once again I had a wonderful time hunting around for nice shots at the launch area.


Monday 25-7-2011 - Blog by Nienke Bos - Source: Airdreams

We started the day with some slight rain, a rainbow and a nice reddish sunrise. After the briefing all the teams drove onto the field but there the weather only seemed to get worse. My dad and I found shelter against the drizzle and enjoyed some fresh breads from the patisserie at the press area. Eventually a sign was given for departure. Slowly all teams started unpacking and inflating their balloons. The weather got better and better. I was overwhelmed again by the enormous amount of balloons surrounding me. When wanting to take a ‘happy people ready for departure action picture’ German pilot Matthias Schlegel asked if I wanted to join. Ofcourse! Together with Matthias, Bastian and one of their friends I made one of my best flights ever. The abundance of balloons pleased Matthias’s team, who’s present at the Mondial Air Ballons for the first time. I’m sure they’re hooked now and will come back whenever possible. What a flight… The wind took us all over the launch area, a beautiful sun flower field and then back to the Chambley airbase again. Many balloons were clustering together, drifting over the field and back. After the event I’ll post some pictures of this flight which will illustrate the great ambiance way better than words can.

The evening flight can be concluded in only a few words: a lot of waiting, wind and the smell of burnt fabric. The pilots that eventually took off left the launch area almost immediately while still two big rain fronts were visible on both sides of the field. Gertjan Veldman was so kind to bring me and my dad a bag of crisps; we were definitely in need of that after all the walking and the cold of the last few days. The evening ended with the Brits and Americans again. French cheese, champagne, more crisps, and so on. Tasty food, some drinks and a bunch of ballooning people is a very nice combination! Now off to bed again. These long days and short nights are heavy to survive, but definitely worth the tiredness.
 

Sunday 24-7-2011 - Blog by Nienke Bos - Source: Airdreams

The rain was suddenly expected to start a little earlier today. Pity! Flight cancelled. After driving back and forth to the launch area I decided to take a little nap again. In the afternoon my dad and I were dropped off at a garage in Jouy-aux-Arches by the team of Peter George (so kind!). There we could pick up our temporary car since our Ford Focus is still unable to safely transport us. We had to wait at least an hour before the mechanic came to help us, so we decided to enjoy a big meal at the American looking Buffalo Grill. Hmm, tasty! The mechanic was late – we’re in France – but eventually showed up. And, guess who he was? The funny half drunk joker which helped us out Friday night as well! Seems the amount of alcohol in his blood was still approximately at the same high level like last time, or, he’s just acting like a confused clown all the time. A very nice VW Golf with Dutch car sign was waiting for us in the garage. What a nice spicy car.

Some paper work had to be arranged before my dad and I could continue our way. Here we were introduced to the mechanic’s small but heavy dictionary. He didn’t seem to get along too well with his computer and his behavior secretly made me think about myself when struggling with complicated page number issues in Word for an hour. However, the best man’s language was a bit more aggressive than mine in these occasions. He called his computer at least 15 times ‘putain’ (for the case you don’t know the meaning of this word, Google is your best friend). To make his funny anger more clear to us non-Frenchmen he added some more ‘scheisse, scheisse, aaah!’. After a lot of ‘ooh, papier papier papier’ we could hit the road again.

It was a little windy but there were good hopes for the evening flight. However, before the wind would drop down it was time for one of the most common activities in ballooning: waiting. Besides the balloon event itself there are many little attractions to be found near the launch area like exhibitions, small shops with local products and fun fair machines. My dad managed to hurt his little finger on a sharp wooden edge. Luckily three first aid brothers put all their power together to fix him a nice tiny band aid. Our patience was eventually rewarded. Together with the team of Austrian balloon pilot Hans Pravda my dad and I drove onto the launch field. We were standing in the basket on an open trailer happily waiving to all pilots and their crewmembers from all over the world.

During takeoff I finally got this massive ‘balloon kick’ again which till now only a gasballoon or a nice evening during the Mondial Air Ballons can give me. The sun appeared at the very right moment. It was absolutely great to run around the huge field again to make some good shots. When wanting to go home Sarah stopped us. She was having some champagne with her British friends and a whole bunch of great Americans. Once again I became very enthusiastic about the biggest balloon event in the world which is held in Albuquerque (New Mexico). When I was a little younger my dad promised me to go there once I would finish my education. Since this month I’m officially finished with my Bachelor programme, so maybe we should slowly think about heading to the States once. With a little help from some ballooning friends that should hopefully be manageable. I’m already looking forward to it!



Around 22.00 pm it was time to go back to the hotel again. I accidently ruined the nice new car smell of our Volkswagen immediately. Seems I was so lucky to place my shoes in a giant heap of dog poo during my hunt for nice pictures and movie material. What a coincidence, on such a huge field I managed to step into this heavily aromatized substance. Beeeh! And smelly it was. No worries for tomorrow; I just cleaned my shoes and they smell like roses again now. (And dad had to clean the car, thanks darling - Bennie :-)


Saturday 23-7-2011 - Blog by Nienke Bos - Source: Airdreams

Saturday we took it slow. We didn’t attend the morning flight since we were back around 3 a.m. because of our broken car. The afternoon my dad and I spent at Pont-a-Mousson, where also our hotel can be found. It’s a relatively big village for this area in France. The lovely team from Peter George (from the G-UKUK, ‘Grand Britannia’) with crewmembers Sarah and Isaac took us with them to the launch field for the evening flight.


Sarah, Benoît, Isaac, Peter

Many new teams arrived this day and it was good to see back friends from Germany, Austria and Belgium. Every two year this ‘one big ballooning family’ feeling shows up again; great! Unfortunately the weather wasn’t that wonderful so it was decided to cancel the Saturday evening flight and just drink a beer. This evening we had a quick look at the city centre of Pont-a-Mousson. A small concert was held there with a medley of all kind of French chansons. The audience was a bit more enthusiastic than the average audience during a festival in Latvia (which means: actually not enthusiastic at all) but that was maybe due to the fact that it was still early and the beer tents seemed to be forgotten during the planning of the event.



For tomorrow some showers are predicted around 09.00 a.m. and therefore the briefing will be held a little earlier. Time to set my alarm clock now: 04.30 a.m. should be manageable. Last night I almost didn’t sleep because of the cold so my heating system is now making my room into a sauna. Nighty night!


Friday 22-7-2011 - Blog by Nienke Bos - Source: Airdreams

Finally, after two years without having seen almost any balloon it's time for Europe's best event again: Mondial Air Ballons 2011. The whole air base is renewed and that was clearly noticeable. Some beautiful new wooden hangars are placed and some not-really-working-out-yet driveways were created all across the area. The weather didn't look too well, however, eventually around 100 pilots decided to take off. Pilot Per Lesser from Sweden invited me and my dad to fly with the worlds biggest hygienic glove. We made a short but great flight over hangar 610 and a typical sweet French village nearby. We made a sportive landing in a relatively muddy field. Bye bye white balloon! After carefully packing all fingers together we visited the newly constructed gas station to refuel the tanks.

Time to go back to the hotel again... Unfortunately, this took some hours. The cooling liquid of our car leaked out and it was impossible to continue our way. There we were, in the middle of nowhere in France. After some contact with the Dutch emergency service a French rescue vehicle was sent our way. This took some hours... It was starting to get really cold outside. Luckily I brought my winter jacket with me. After 02.00 a.m. a funny half drunk French mechanic finally found us. He provided us with sufficient cooling liquid. Around 03.00 a.m. we were finally home. No morning flight for us; first some sleep. All garages are closed during the weekend which means we have to wait till Monday to let our car fixed. Hopefully we'll be able to get a replacement car for the next coming days. We'll see...
In France some things just don’t work out that fast. Well, the 2011 edition of the Mondial Air Ballons definitely had an adventurous start!
 

17-07-2011
New ballooning calender for sale at the Mondial 2011

My good friend and balloonphotographer Antonio Biasioli will be present at the Mondial 2011
with his brandnew 2012 ballooncalender for sale at the price of 10 euro.
Take a look at his website.




17-07-2011
Special Shape

Take a sneak preview at one of the special shapes present.


11-07-2011
Newsletter 12 - Message from the organisation !!!

Dear Pilot Friends, just 10 days before "D Day".
Indeed, the pilot desk opens on Thursday, July, 21st at 9am.

It is now the right time to explain everything that awaits you in Ballonville Pilote.
Many new features have already been presented.
Small reminders for you to organize your stay during these 10 days.

UPON ARRIVAL

Beware the traffic plan has changed.
At your arrival, you are invited to access the event by the Entry C (Northwest).

NEW BALLONVILLE

Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons ® goes to the north. A new vision for pilots!
At the heart of the Ballonville dedicated (Hangar G), pilots and crews will have a brand new space.
Snack bar and breakfast with direct access to the briefing.
Several manufacturers and importers are also included as well as a repair station.

NEW CHECK IN

We remind you that this year, the check-in will be simpler.
It will allow a faster delivery of the pilot pack.
On arrival, simply present your pilot license, a follow-up sheet will be given to know your registration status.
If all documents were sent and verified, you will get directly your pilot pack (badges, cards, bracelets etc..),
your jacket and your basket banner. What next? Let’s fly!

NEW GAS STATION

Enjoy a unique propane station:
150 cylinders filled simultaneously. The gas station is located near the Chapel at the south of the base.
Access is strictly pedestrian and pilots do the filling operations themselves under the supervision of expert technicians.
Except for last-minute changes, schedules are as follows: 8.30am -12.30 pm and 8.30 pm -00.30 am

PILOT REGISTRATION

You have 4 days left to register, go to the official register website.

Best regards from Lorraine !



28-06-2011
Lorraine France 3

Please take a look at the website of Lorraine France 3, with news, pictures and video's.
From July 21st they offer you the 1st live streaming images from the site of the event.
Live take-offs every morning and evening as well as chats with guests.

21-06-2011
Newsletter 11 - Message from the organisation !!!

Dear Pilot Friends, Good news!
Registrations for the 12th edition of LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS (LMAB) opened a little late.
Therefore, we have decided to postpone their closing on July 15th.
Note, however, that the "Hotel" offer is closed but you can still choose the campsite.

PILOTS’ SQUARE

Last camping slots in Chambley Planet'Air! A camping / caravanning area with the special price of 20 €uros per night.

FACILITIES INCLUDED
- Enclosed supervised area
- Showers and Toilets blocks
- Electric Hookups (220 V)
- Water supply point
- Waste water disposal tank
- Rubbish collection

The maximum number of 6 people and 1 car/vehicle per site (49m2) may not be exceeded



PILOT REGISTRATION

Find the two registration methods on our website.
AND MORE GENERALLY
You have questions concerning your coming ? Feel free to contact us.
We actively work to offer you the best and are looking forward to seeing you all from July 22nd to 31st


09-06-2011
Press Release - Message from the organisation !!!

Time is coming ! From July 22nd to 31st 2011, the biggest international gathering of hot air balloons takes place
in Chambley Planet’Air (Meurthe-et-Moselle – Lorraine – France). Pilots from the whole world are already getting
prepared to come and share ten days of exceptional aeronautic festivities in Lorraine. The point of this 12th
edition is to place this event “In the heart of the world !”

Nearly 3,000 pilots and crews, from the 7 continents, are expected. Since the beginning of this adventure (1989),
thousands of pilots flew in the sky of Lorraine. But, the first specificity of LMAB stays the variety of nationalities
of these air aficionados. They are coming from all around the world ! With 67 nations invited by the organizers,
first come the Europeans : British, Germans, Dutch, Italians, Polish, Czech and many others. South and
North America : Canada, United States, Mexico or Brazil but also South Africa, Morocco and Australia join the
“aerostatic community” based during ten days in the new aerodrome dedicated to air sports. At about 50 days of the event opening, the air platform is taking shape.

Hundreds of balloons will join other flying machines, with many animations on the ground and in the air.
If the highlight of the show will, of course, be the Great Line, the spectacular transformation of the site
will undoubtedly surprise visitors. A lot of work has to be done to complete the metamorphosis,
started by the Regional Council of Lorraine, on the new airbase. Each day, the ceaseless ballet of
trucks and workers runs to win the bet to end everything in due time. The twelve labors of Hercules!

After the main works, the organizers will have the task to set the stage in order to welcome the event.
A whole month to build a “ville au ballon” to accommodate thousands of visitors. Chambley Planet'Air
“the place to be” during the upcoming summer.

And for the wink, a symbolic totem called “In the heart of the world” will be built in the “Esplanade”.
It will allow all the visitors to know the directions and distances of worldwide capitals from this aerodrome
in the heart of Lorraine Nature Park.
 

06-06-2011
Newsletter 10 - Message from the organisation !!!

Dear Pilot Friends,

Really, you have no more reason for not attending the 12th edition
of LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS (LMAB) from July 22nd to 31st !

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENING

Pilâtre de Rozier Organisation offers an additional registration method, click here.

If you have already participated to a previous edition of Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons,
your logins are unchanged!

If you have forgotten them, don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail
at pilote@pilatre-de-rozier.com and we will answer you by return.

If it is your first participation, you just need to open an online account before filling the various forms.



NO NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN

If you have already registered with the PDF form, it is unnecessary to register again.

AND MORE GENERALLY

You have questions concerning your coming ? Feel free to contact us.
We actively work to offer you the best and are looking forward to seeing you all from July 22nd to 31st !

Best regards from Lorraine !

02-06-2011
The new hangars !!!

For more pictures of the new hangars, take a look at this website.

31-05-2011
Newsletter 9 - Message from the organisation !!!

Dear Pilot Friends,

This week, another good reason to participate at the 12th edition of
LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS (LMAB) from July 22nd to 31st !

NEW ACCESS

New location! New Access! Pilots are invited to access the event by
the entry C (North West) or the entry D (South).

REGULATED TRAFFIC

Several parking lots are reserved for pilots and crews.
A vehicle-pass will be issued on arrival.
You should definitely stick it on your windshield, left side and visibly.

Only the blue pass (pilot) is allowed to penetrate to the launch area.



PILOT REGISTRATION
It’s not too late to register to LMAB ! Simply download the form click here, fill it out and send it by email:
pilote@pilatre-de-rozier.com
or mail at :
Pilâtre de Rozier Organisation
BP 80018
F-54801 JARNY CEDEX
France

AND MORE GENERALLY

You have questions concerning your coming ? Feel free to contact us.
We actively work to offer you the best and are looking forward to seeing you all from July 22nd to 31st !

Best regards from Lorraine !



25-05-2011
Newsletter 8 - Message from the organisation !!!

Dear Pilot Friends,

This week, another good reason to participate at the 12th edition
of LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS (LMAB) from July 22nd to 31st !

GAS BALLOON

Thanks to our partner WESTFALEN, we are pleased to announce our new registration fee : 170 €.



7th NEW CENTURY CUP

In 2011, The competition is open to all crews composed of two pilots.
This contest is reserved for balloons from 450 to 1,100m3 and will result in a ranking.

Balloons will launch on Wednesday, July 27th at dusk (Subject to weather).

INCLUDED FACILITIES

- Hydrogen Gas

- Ballast: sand and / or water

- Roadmaps + ICAO

- Pre-flight catered picnic

- Welcoming pack

- 2 multi-pocket pilot's vests



PILOT REGISTRATION
It’s not too late to register to LMAB ! Simply download the form click here, fill it out and send it by email:
pilote@pilatre-de-rozier.com
or mail at :
Pilâtre de Rozier Organisation
BP 80018
F-54801 JARNY CEDEX
France

AND MORE GENERALLY

You have questions concerning your coming ? Feel free to contact us.
We actively work to offer you the best and are looking forward to seeing you all from July 22nd to 31st !


Best regards from Lorraine !


23-05-2011
Map of the new situation

Below you see the maps of the new situation on the base.
You will notice that the whole ballooncity is moved from the south-east side (hangar 610 side)
to the north-west side (hangar 810 side).
For the public this is great news because they now will have all the sunshine on the balloons during the
evening start what will result in very nice pictures.

Its not to late to register and have the best time of your life, click here.







11-05-2011
Newsletter 7 - Message from the organisation !!!

Dear Pilot Friends,

This week, another good reason to participate at the 12th edition
of LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS (LMAB) from July 22nd to 31st !

NEW GAS STATION

You've all been waiting for it ! A new gas station, unique in the world!
Over 100 cylinders simultaneously refilled. Four entries. A nearby parking area.
A bar for pilots. Fill the cylinders will become a passion. You'll be impressed.


CYLINDERS PURGING

For those coming by ferry or plane, the organization proposes on July 29th,
30th and 31st and August 1st, a purging service. Please confirm your requirements when you register.



PILOT REGISTRATION
It’s not too late to register to LMAB ! Simply download the form click here, fill it out and send it by email:
pilote@pilatre-de-rozier.com
or mail at :
Pilâtre de Rozier Organisation
BP 80018
F-54801 JARNY CEDEX
France

AND MORE GENERALLY

You have questions concerning your coming ? Feel free to contact us.
We actively work to offer you the best and are looking forward to seeing you all from July 22nd to 31st !


Best regards from Lorraine !
 

05-05-2011
Newsletter 6 - Message from the organisation !!!

Dear Pilot Friends,

This week, another good reason to participate at the 12th edition
of LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS (LMAB) from July 22nd to 31st !

BREAKFAST: LIVE FROM THE BRIEFING

New Hangar. New procedure. A self has been settled for pilots and crews
in order to follow the briefing live and take along the breakfast.
In addition, it will be a service performed by the organizers.



PILOT REGISTRATION

It’s not too late to register to LMAB ! Simply download the form click here, fill it out and send it by email:
pilote@pilatre-de-rozier.com
or mail at :
Pilâtre de Rozier Organisation
BP 80018
F-54801 JARNY CEDEX
France

AND MORE GENERALLY

You have questions concerning your coming ? Feel free to contact us.
We actively work to offer you the best and are looking forward to seeing you all from July 22nd to 31st !


Best regards from Lorraine !
 

19-04-2011
Newsletter 5 - Message from the organisation !!!

Dear Pilot Friends,

This week, another good reason to participate at the 12th edition
of LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS (LMAB) from July 22nd to 31st !

NEW BALLONVILLE PILOTE

Thanks to the site reorganization, BALLONVILLE PILOTE settled in front of the launching area!
The new hangar G will welcome pilots and crews in a friendly and relaxing setting.

Pilot welcome, briefing, breakfast, shop, toilets, snack bar, terrace where crews and only crews can come together to share their passion with a drink ... Let’s not forget to fly!

Note the presence of an EASA approved repair workshop where Peter Hausmann and his team (Hali Balloons GmbH) will take care of your equipment.

It is also hoped the biggest representation of manufacturers and exporters ... Stay tuned!


REGISTRATION FEES

You can now pay your registration and accommodation fees by credit card.

It’s not too late to register to LMAB ! Simply download the form click here, fill it out and send it.

AND MORE GENERALLY

You have questions concerning your coming ? Feel free to contact us. We actively work to offer you the best and are looking forward to seeing you all from July 22nd to 31st !

Best regards from Lorraine !
 

07-04-2011
Newsletter 4 - Message from the organisation !!!

Dear Pilot Friends,

This week, another good reason to participate at the 12th edition of
LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS (LMAB) from July 22nd to 31st !

VEHICLE HIRE

You’re looking for a chase truck ? Or simply a tourism car ? We can help !
Send your request to pilote@pilatre-de-rozier.com

Our partner “ACTIVA location de véhicules” agrees to pick you up at Metz,
Nancy and Lorraine TGV stations and at Metz Nancy Lorraine Airport (same for return).
You will benefit from a 24/7 assistance, a single contact and a wide range of vehicles.

From July 17th to August 5th, 2011, “Activa location de véhicules” offers LMAB entrants very competitive rates:
- 59 € VAT included per day for a tourism car
- 79 € VAT included per day for a 12 m3 chase vehicle


PILOT REGISTRATION
It’s not too late to register to LMAB ! Simply download the form click here, fill it out and send it by email:
pilote@pilatre-de-rozier.com
or mail at :
Pilâtre de Rozier Organisation
BP 80018
F-54801 JARNY CEDEX
France


AND MORE GENERALLY

You have questions concerning your coming ? Feel free to contact us. We actively work to offer you the best and are looking forward to seeing you all from July 22nd to 31st !


Best regards from Lorraine !


29-03-2011
Newsletter 3 - Message from the organisation !!!

Dear Pilot Friends,

Every week, we give you a new good reason to participate at the 12th edition of
LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS from July 22nd to 31st !

BALLOON TRANSPORTATION

Send your balloon by air or sea, at a fair price, is your concern? We can help! Contact Jon Pickett at sandiaconsulting@att.net

On Chambley Planet’Air, the organization offers free cylinder purging (nitrogen) and no-charge balloon storage facilities from july 10th to August 5th, 2011 !

AIR FRANCE / KLM Official Carriers

You can get the best price for your flight with Air France and KLM from July 17th to August 5th, 2011.
Enter the event ID: 0989S on this website and you will benefit from discounted flights !
- 10% rebate on published non-restrictive public fare
- 5% reduction is granted on restrictive-discounted fares



It’s not too late to register ! Simply download the form click here, fill it out and send it by email:
pilote@pilatre-de-rozier.com
or mail at :
Pilâtre de Rozier Organisation
BP 80018
F-54801 JARNY CEDEX
France

You have questions concerning your coming ? Feel free to contact us.
We actively work to offer you the best and are looking forward to seeing you all from July 22nd to 31st !

Best regards from Lorraine !


11-03-2011
Newsletter 2 - Registrations of LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS 2011 open

Dear Pilot Friends,
The whole team of Pilâtre de Rozier Organisation secretly caresses the hope that 2011 will gather us all…
Wish almost granted! Indeed, we declare the registrations of LORRAINE MONDIAL AIR BALLONS 2011 open!

Procedure of registration:
You will find all the useful information on the website: programs, included services, information…
Simply download the registration form, fill it out and send it by email
or mail at Pilâtre de Rozier Organisation BP 80018 F-54801 JARNY CEDEX France

Please note, your registration will be taken into account upon receipt of your fees. In addition, the seizure of the form must be complete. You have questions concerning the various steps of your registration? Feel free to contact us. We actively work to offer you the best and are looking forward to seeing you from July 22nd to 31st ! Meanwhile, we wish you health, happiness and beautiful flights !

Best regards from Lorraine !



01-03-2011
Newsletter 1 - Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons: on a brand new site !

The twelfth edition of the biggest international gathering of hot air balloons of the world will take place from July Friday 22nd to Sunday 31st, 2011, on the airfield of Chambley Planet'Air (Meurthe-et-Moselle - Lorraine - France). The metamorphosis of the site will allow the event to receive the visitors in a unique aeronautic platform in Europe. All performances and activities "flip" on the other side of the base, with new plazas, sheds and avenues. Walkthrough!

At approximately 150 days of the opening, the bet stays the course: to welcome this summer, more than 1,000 pilots and crews (with their balloons) coming from the whole world on a brand new site. If every two years, "Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons" captivate children and adults (for ten days with hot air balloons mass ascents and numerous activities) for this edition, preparation rhymes with constructions.

Indeed, the airfield of Chambley Planet'Air, under the command of the Regional Council of Lorraine, adorns its best gifts. The site turns over days and weeks. New tracks, new sheds, new parking lots ...The list is long. Numerous works are going to revolutionize the vision of the public, pilots, partners and media. The ambitions are high for this event which is, now, in the first position of worldwide aerostatic shows.



Access and other flows are also part of the cogitation of the organization team. Thanks to 7000 stable parking lots, a regional paneling and the involvement of the local network, the event is anchored permanently on this new platform. The first media and economic feedbacks are going to be convincing. Meanwhile, local residents’ eyes can’t believe these numerous movements on this former NATO Base.

Finally, the best thing will be to see these aircraft buildings, roads and runways living. Throughout the ten-day festival, this new showcase will welcome hundreds of multicolored balloons, the ten air sports disciplines and entertainments ever more important. Merry go rounds, simulators, exhibitions, first flights and other experiences under three aspects: dynamic, static and virtual. A must-see show in Lorraine and in Europe which, for nearly twenty-five years, gives wings to the thousands of repeat visitors. Ready to live an amazing daydream?
 

01-02-2011
The new website of the 2011 event is online, click on the picture.

19-11-2010
12th edition of “Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons” : The countdown has started : 250 days

From July 22nd to July 31th 2011, the twelfth edition of the biggest international hot air balloons gathering of the world will be held at Chambley Planet' Air (Meurthe & Moselle - Lorraine - France). A reputation confirmed in 2009 by holding the record of the “greatest” in-line mass ascent in the world. Three thousand pilots and crews, sixty nations coming from seven continents, are awaited. The countdown has started : 250 days !

Every odd year since 1989, the event, which gathers way beyond the hot air balloons, the gas balloons and all flying machines, became an irresistible meeting. It attracts more than four hundred thousand visitors in ten days and nearly 175 partners. Thanks to the Lorraine Region government impulse, the former NATO base is becoming a leading aeronautical platform (rehabilitated control tower, new runways, companies, aeronautical clubs, workshops). A brand new environment for this world event! In nearly 500 acres, mornings and evenings, the multicolored bubbles will take-off. An astonishing air ballet! In addition to these massive takes-off, balloon pilots will dispute five high level competitions, but also the New Century Cup (gas balloon), the night glow, without forgetting special shapes for kids and grown-ups.

On the ground, in the four villages specially implemented for the occasion, visitors will have the possibility to discover exhibitions, workshops and animations turned around aeronautics, space and astronomy. The whole things in three dimensions : virtual, dynamic and static. Like the past years, entrance and parking are free for public thanks to the sponsors.

For more than one year, the organization team is on site to set up the event. A marathon which is expanded from day to day. This “huge machine” is now on for twenty years. The bet made for this twelfth edition is to re-examine all the scenography and the implementation on the site. The 2011 event promises to be spectacular, according to the organizers. A big spotlight for this region which is bordering Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, in the heart of the Lorraine’s nature park.

Information for PILOTS

Welcome in Lorraine,

The event celebrates its twelfth edition from July 22nd to July 31st 2011 ! Near a quarter of century for a meeting which knew how to conquer a place in the heart of thousands of pilots from the whole world. Wonderful pages of the aeronautical history are written upon the most international balloon gathering in the world.

The multicolored bubbles know how to let a place for all the other flying machines so that the show is nonstop from morning till night. Because even if the balloon pilots and their crews live a great fraternal adventure (sixty nations coming from the seven continents), the richness is also this successful alchemy shared with the spectators. The L.M.A.B (initials of Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons) became a must thanks to its originality and its site. The former NATO base was acquired by the Lorraine Region government to create an international aeronautical pole, between Metz and Nancy, in the heart of the Lorraine Nature Park.

You, who want and have the deep wish to come joining us, you will go from surprises to surprises! You won’t recognize the L.M.A.B nor the site. We really care about offering you the best. "In the heart of the world ", it is our slogan!

Philippe Buron Pilâtre
Managing Director and LMAB Founder



14-09-2010
The new website of the organisation is online, click on the picture.

29-01-2010
New balloon added on the page "Who is going!!!"
The Canadian pilot is also looking for a Cameron Bottom End for the event.

15-11-2009
Link to pictures of MAB 2009 added, see the page "Mondial Links".
Picture of a 2011 balloon added, see the page "Who is going".

13-09-2009

Special made Mondial Pin of the beautiful Space Shuttle special shape for sale.
See the page "Mondial for Sale"

26-08-2009

New video's of the 2009 edition edited to the "Mondial Video" page.
If you have a good video uploaded to the internet, please send us the link (not the video)

13-08-2009

(Translated message from the organisation)

Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons, it’s over.

Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons (11th edition) celebrated a sparkling 20th anniversary.
More than 400.000 spectators, thousands of pilots, 12 take-offs,
a night flight and the departure of three gas balloons.
Although the weather conditions weren’t always perfect, the participants and the
spectators from all over the world appreciated the way they were welcomed,
Lorraine’s patrimony and its charming country side.
For the first time, every day, there were major traffic jams which caused trouble
to enter the area where it all happened. With ‘Conseil Régional de Lorraine’,
which has always been the biggest partner of the event, an idea was set up to improve this situation.
Chambley Planet’Air has become the place for balloonists from all over the world.
It’s not surprising that this is the place where a new world record is set: a line up with 329 balloons.  

Thanks to all the participants, partners, spectators, press, pilots, crew members and staff.
They all contribute to a dream, through which we can all reexperience the pure moments of joy
of Mondial Air Ballons 2009.

We would love to see you in 2011, from Friday 22 till Sunday 31 July.

08-08-2009

The great Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons 2009 is over and was a huge succes.
For this reason we build this Fansite to bring the Mondial fans together.