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French Nationals / Final Results

French Nationals in Sablé-sur-Sarthe is now over. The weather was good and we did all 8 potential flights for a great total of 25 tasks. We finished at the 2nd place for the second consecutive year with a total of 18906 points! Our objective which was staying in the Top 5 is therefore greatly achieved. General ranking is very tight and we missed the first place this year, being only 200 points below the champion Thomas Merceron (19111 points), a very nice guy and talented pilot who deserved the title! Well done Thomas! We truly fought until the last moment, but unfortunately we did some mistakes on the penultimate day, which made us loose our slight advance… and the first place unfortunately. Congratulations also to Nicolas Schwartz, who took the third place.

Good news is: thanks to this good result, I am now the first French pilot, which means that I will be selected for the European Championship in Hungary (2015) and World Championship in Japan (2016) ! It is strange to think that 5 years ago during my first championship my basket banner was n° 44, this year it was n° 7 and next year, I will have the banner n° 1! Incredible! I am not even sure I will give the banner back after next year’s championship!!

Thanks to all competitors and officials, especially to the event director Zoltan Palhegyi who proposed us nice tasks to fly! A special thank also to my amazing team : my co-pilot Guillaume Jouaville, my beloved girlfriend Carine Lallemand and my best friend and driver Clovis Masson. My friend Sean Kavanagh, the developer of OziTarget also deserves a special acknowledgment for all the work done on his great software. Last but not least, thanks Kubicek Balloons both for designing the best Racer balloon ever and for accepting me as a member of the Kubicek Team Factory. I am very proud to fly for you and to represent the Kubicek brand around the world.

All results can be found on the event director’s website: http://balloon.hu/new/?p=1580

Competition Standings For French Nationals


(VIDEO) Winner Gravity Drop – last Target French Nationals

This video was made by Zoltan Palhegyi, on the last flying day at French Nationals. The general ranking was very tight and we really needed to make a good last flight! Fortunately, we worked hard, we chose the right launching field (quite far from those of the other competitors) and succeed in reaching the middle of this target on the Hippodrom. The task was a Calculated Rate of Approach (CRT) and the closest area was about to close, so the only remaining solution was to put the marker right in the middle (0,63cm)! My heart stopped beating until I heard the “plok” of the marker on the target. It was such an amazing moment!

Cette vidéo a été faite par le directeur des vols, Zoltan Palhegyi, le dernier jour du championnat de France. Le classement général était très serré et nous avions vraiment besoin d’assurer sur ce dernier vol ! Heureusement, nous avons travaillé dur, nous avons choisi un bon terrain de décollage (assez loin d’ailleurs des terrains choisis par nos concurrents) and nous avons réussi à atteindre le milieu de cette cible placée sur l’hippodrome.  La tâche était un RDV à l’heure et l’aire la plus proche de nous était en train de fermer, la seule solution était donc de mettre le marqueur en plein milieu de la cible (0,63 cm)! Mon coeur s’est vraiment arrêté de battre jusqu’à ce que j’entendre le “plok” du marqueur sur la cible. C’était un moment incroyable !!

Solo Morning Flight / Solo Crew

Ce weekend nous avons décidé d’aller voler avec ma chérie. Je voulais m’entraîner à voler solo et elle voulait s’entraîner à être équipière solo :p Nous avons tout géré seuls, j’ai fait un vol sympa et j’ai atterri à quelques centaines de mètres à peine de la maison ! Elle a aussi fait de nombreuses photos, que je partage avec vous. Ce weekend nous serons à Vichy pour un stage d’entraînement de l’équipe de France. Hâte de jeter du marqueur !!

This weekend we decided to go flying with my girlfriend. I wanted to train for solo flight and she wanted to train for solo crew :p We managed everything on our own, I made a very nice flight and landed only a few hundreds meter from our home.  She took the opportunity to take a lot of nice pictures of my Racer, which I am sharing with you. This weekend we will be in Vichy for some training flights of the French National Team.  I am looking forward to throwing some markers!!





Vol d’avril / April Flight

Après 7 vols dans les Alpes la semaine passée (Jeux aériens des Saisies), me voilà de retour à la maison. La météo est vraiment bonne en France ce mois-ci et nous avons eu la chance de pouvoir voler hier avec mon Racer ! C’était une bonne occasion de tester la performance de mon nouveau brûleur Ignis avant le 1er entraînement officiel de l’Equipe de France qui aura lieu à Vichy dans 2 semaines –> Je pense que ma montée à 8.9 m/s indique clairement que tout est parfaitement fonctionnel!

After seven flights in the French Alps last week (Jeux aériens des Saisies), I’m back home. Weather is really good in France this month and we were fortunate to be able to flight yesterday with my Racer! It was a nice opportunity to test the performance of my new Ignis burner before the first official French Team training that will be held in Vichy in 2 weeks –> I think my 8.9 m/s climb (1800 fpm) clearly indicated that everything is full effective!

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