September 27, 2018

D-Day minus 1

Team Australia has come together in Bern – We had our first team briefing in my hotel room last night supported by a few celebratory drinks […]
September 25, 2018

Our Important Met Support

At the heart of a Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Team is their meteorologist. He/she will be immersed in weather patterns long before the official launch occurs. […]
September 21, 2018

Gas Ballooning Adventures

During our first nine days in Germany we have been involved with four gas balloon flights – either with assisting with inflation and launch or flying […]
September 19, 2018

First Practice Flight Done

2am 16 September: Team AUS 1 along with Wilhelm Eimers lifted off from the Gladbeck Gas Balloon Launch Site with the Russian Gordon Bennett team of […]
September 12, 2018

Pre-Gordon Bennett Activity

After a demanding 40 hours of travel from Australia – delayed flights, missed flights we finally reached Bottrop close to Dusseldorf in Germany and where our […]
September 8, 2018

On Our Way to the Race

“You’ve got this gas balloon caper in the bag Ma”. So said my younger son Grant. “You are a glutton for punishment”. So said one of […]
September 7, 2018

The Bond of Survival

I first met Shawn Mackinga an American balloon pilot in Australia in 1989. One month later we were on a marlin fishing boat that was wrecked […]
September 6, 2018

The Generosity of German Pilots

Below is another photo of our gas balloon D-OWML (Oscar Whiskey Mike Lima) Hello to our new German friends – Alfons Volker and his son Ben […]
September 5, 2018

A Reunion in Europe

I had last seen Rien Jurg in 1988, the year Australia had a 200th birthday party. And the Trans-Australia Bicentennial Ballooning Challenge captured the good and […]