'The balloon seems to stand still in the air while the earth flies past underneath'
Alberto Santos-Dumont, 1904
Student training camp at lake cullulleraine
11 students, 5 pilots, 15 crew and 9 instructors/ examiners attended this years training camp. There were 55 theory exams passed, 34 student hours flown, 9.9 of which were solo; 1 instructor upgrade and 1 successful exam flight. A big thank you to Martin Tregale for organising a successful camp, to Steve Griffin for all his time spent examining during the week and to Sarah and Kate for all your help before and during the week. Thank you also to all the presenters for their informative talks.
Winter solstice at Sarah’s place
king valley balloon festival and night glow
canberra balloon spectacular
bav hut working bee
flying over volcanoes
Hot Air Balloon pilots from the Balloon Association of Victoria conducted a Volcano flying expedition. On day one 2 balloons flew over Mt. Elephant and on day two, three balloons flew over Mt. Noorat. The local community were very welcoming and BAV would like to thank them for their hospitality.
bav pilot in the press
Sarah Ellis, along with the BAV Balloon Vicky, have become celebrities in her home town of Horsham.
social flying in the king valley
Ronald kent’s australian record
Ronald Kent’s recent Australian Record for Duration in a 77 balloon got a lovely write up in the local press. Congratulations Ronald!
new australian duration record in a 77 balloon
Ronald Kent has set a third Australian record, this time beating the 1999 record for duration in a 77 balloon by flying for 9 hours and 2 minutes. Congratulations Ronald!
new australian duration record in a 56 balloon
Ronald Kent has set a new Australian record, flying for 6 hours and 27 minutes from Ballarat to Laanecoorie. Congratulations Ronald!
new australian record for distance in a small balloon
Ronald Kent beat the Australian record for distance in a small 56 balloon, flying an incredible 381 km from Merebin in Victoria to Jerilderie, NSW. The record had been held for 38 years by Ron Taaffe who, in 1980, flew 354.87 km in a 56 balloon. This was no easy task in such a small balloon and took a lot of planning and dedication. Kiff Saunders flew alongside Ronald in a larger class 77 balloon and managed an amazing 400 km. Congratulations from all of us at BAV.
King valley balloon festival
The inaugural King Valley Balloon festival was run on the Queens Birthday weekend. Three flights commenced at the Brown Brothers winery airfield and the night glow on Saturday night was enjoyed by 3,000 spectators. We also tethered at wineries in Whitfield on Sunday afternoon. Many thanks to the organisers & sponsors of this spectacular event. We look forward to seeing you in the King Valley next year.
2018 victorian championships
The 2018 Victorian Championships was conducted on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of May with Benalla putting on perfect weather conditions on both mornings.
Andrew Robertson from NSW made the trip down from Sydney for some practice before heading to the World Championships in Gross Siegharts, Australia in August. His father was a previous winner, winning the Championships back in the 1980's. Andrew has recently become a club member. The rest of the field was made up of club members, Martin Tregale and Joni Jones. Steve Ireland (ACT) was again our Director.
Fresh off his second at the Canowindra Challenge behind World Champion Johnny Petrehn and in his brand new Balloony McBalloonface Kavanagh EX-60 racer, Andrew took a clean sweep of the first three tasks on the first morning, a JDG (Judge Declared Goal), followed by another JDG and then a FON (Fly On). The second morning saw another three tasks, a JDG, MDD (Maximum Distance Double Drop) and a FON and another clean sweep to Andrew. Martin Tregale did well in his first competition event, being within the MMA (Marker Measuring Area) for all tasks. Joni and Rolf flew together and I am sure you will see them both back next year. Check out the final results at our facebook page, Balloons Victoria
social flying weekend
balloons victoria has a new pilot!
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S David on passing your check flight and becoming a balloon pilot.
balloons victoria has a New pilot!
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S Alana on passing your check flight and becoming a balloon pilot.
Easter weekend at Benalla
Canberra balloon spectacular 2018
merry christmas from bav
This year Ian and Sue Robinson and Glenda and Rolf Dennler each received a Lifetime Membership Award for their contributions to the club over the years. Thank you from all at BAV.
the great australian long jump
Congratulations Rolf Dennler on winning this years Long Jump competition. Rolf flew 220.6 km in 4 hours 48 minutes, using 144 litres of fuel. Congratulations also to Richard and James Michell who successfully followed Rolf on the ground all the way from Benalla in Victoria to Leeton, New South Wales.
BAV members flew over Mount Buller in celebration of Rolf Dennler's 70th birthday... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! See the video here.
Cave hill creek - 25 year anniversary
Balloons Victoria celebrated 25 years of the annual Cave Hill Creek Ballooning Get Together in what was yet another magical weekend of flying, craft making and joyful catch ups. BAV would like to thank all at Cave Hill Creek for their wonderful hospitality. For more information on Cave Hill Creek see: www.cavehillcreek.com.au
bav safety seminar
In his new role as Safety and Technical officer for the Balloon Association of Victoria, Matthew Dutneall organised a successful safety seminar on and around the theme of LPG and its properties. The seminar was held on 8th July 2017 at Tooradin Airport and emphasised the importance of safety for pilots, passengers and crew.
student check flight passed
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to Matthew Dutneall on becoming a Balloon Pilot. BAV would also like to thank Pete Dutneall and Ronald Kent for all your help in getting another pilot into the air.
2017 bav state championships
Congratulations to Ronald Kent on wining his 6th state championship title after three days of competition. Thank you to all who took part and to Steve Ireland for setting the tasks and keeping track of the scores.
bav mini training camp
Congratulations Ella and Josie on getting one step closer to becoming pilots.
canberra balloon spectacular
Thank you to Michael Reid of Cracefulphotography for capturing our club balloon Vicky as she flew high (and low) over Lake Burley Griffin.
Canberra balloon spectacular
Vicky went to a wedding
Never one to miss a good party, BAV was delighted to accept an invitation to do a tethered flight at wedding! Thank you to Alli Oughtred at allioughtredweddings.com for the photos.
bav has a new flag
A big thank you to Chris Brown for designing our new flag, which is now flying high at the club hut in Benalla.
merry christmas from bav
lifetime membership award
Audrey and Barry Leak have been awarded the BAV Lifetime Membership Award for their contribution and dedication to the club over the past 25 years. Thank you for all you have done.
Montgolfier Day 2016
BAV members gathered in Benalla and took to the skies in celebration of the 234th anniversary of the very first hot air balloon flight.
The Hang Glider drop
See the video here.