Team members Gordon bennett team belgica2

 

PILOT GINO CIERS

Experiences:
- owns a hot air balloon company since 1991 with flights over the Flanders region (Kortrijk, Bruges, Roeselare, Ypres...) and the North France region.
- transalpine flights from Austria and Switzerland
- +2200 flight hours with hot air balloons & special shape ballons (operates the horse special shape OO-BQH)
- gasballoon flights since 2004
- pilot of small airplanes in the 80's

Websites:
www.warmeluchtballon.be
www.helikopterluchtdoop.be
www.ballonhappening.be

PILOT JÜRGEN DOBBELAERE

Experiences:
- owns a hot air balloon company with flights over Belgium (Ghent, Antwerp,...).
- transalpine flights from Switzerland and Austria
- gasballoon flights since 2008
- pilot of small airplanes and gliders

Website:
www.luchtballon.be

METEO: MICHEL DE MEYER (in cooperation with KMI)

Experiences:
- Already guided a lot of teams in the Gordon Bennett race, with success!
- Does a lot of meteorological work for hot air balloon meetings
- Gives forecast bulletins for the national and regional television

More info: www.kmi.be

CHASE CREW: LEON & ANITA EGGERMONT + JEAN-FRANCOIS VERCRUYSSE

They will help and assist to build up the balloon and will try to keep contact with the balloon, follow the pilots during their flight, and pick them up after they have landed. This part of the team is also indispensable!

Experiences: many hours of crewing for both hot air balloon flights and long duration gas balloon flights. They have an experience of many thousands of kilometers!

GROUND BASE STATION: HENDRIK DELEU

Will try to solve possible problems during the flight for pilots and chasing crew. Reservation of ferries, etc. Helps in the preparations with the onboard electronics.

Is also web designer of this website and will provide if possible the latest info to anyone who is interested.

 

MANY OTHERS

Thank to many other people (friends, family, colleagues,...) for their cooperation, small or big, for this beautiful competition!

Special thanks to Bob Berben, formal winner of this competition and still distance/duration record holder, for the use of lots of his material and support and also to get us in contact with the wonderful world off gas-ballooning, also thanks to our German instructor Wilhelm Eimers, and all the other Belgian gasballoon pilots for their sympathy and support.

And in 2005, our good friends and BIG help for this GB: pilot’s Bob Berben & Siméons Benoît won this prestigious race with a record breaking distance of 3400,38 km in 65:20 h!

 

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