« America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race | Main | America's Challenge postponed until Sunday »

04 October 2003

Pilots and officials are still optomistic

Pilots and officials with the Eighth America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race are still optomistic the race may begin Saturday evening as scheduled. At the pilot briefing this afternoon, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta weather forecaster John Ground expressed optomism that the weather system currently dropping rain in New Mexico will move out of the area in time for the launch to proceed as scheduled.

The weather team continues to monitor forecast models for this storm system as well as weather downrange that could affect the race as much as 24 hours after launch. A pilot meeting has been scheduled for midafternoon Saturday, at which time officials will re-evaluate the weather and make a decision about proceeding with a Saturday evening launch.

At this afternoon's briefing, the team numbers and launch order was determined by random drawing:

Team #1 Johnny Petrehn and Richard Sabin, USA
Team #2 Wilhelm Eimers, Germany, and Greg Winker, USA
Team #3 Tom Donnelly and Simon Forse, Great Britain
Team #4 Richard Abruzzo and Carol Davis, USA
Team #5 John Kugler and "Red" Sheeshe, USA
Team #6 Barbara Fricke and Peter Cuneo, USA
Team #7 Bruce Hale and Mark Devaney, USA
Team #8 David Levin and Alan Levin, USA
Team #9 Sam Parks and Andy Cayton, USA
Team #10 Astrid Gerhardt and Stephan Muller, Germany
Team #11 Shane Robinson and Ron Martin, USA
Team #12 Thomas Boylan and Bob McCluskey, USA
Team #13 Mark Sullivan and Cheri White, USA
Team #14 Phil McNutt and Brian Critelli, USA

Continue to monitor www.balloonfiesta.com and your Gondola Club alerts for updates as more news becomes available. Once the race begins, live tracking will be available on the Balloon Fiesta site.

Posted by Luc at 10:08 AM

Email story to a friend

Email this entry to:


Your email address:


Message (optional):


Archive

March 2009
January 2009
September 2008
July 2008
March 2008
January 2008
December 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
June 2006
April 2006
March 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003

Last messages

Lighter than air
Gas balloon contest on WAG is cancelled
Men with a mission
Helma Sjuts deceased
Coupe AĆ©ronautique Gordon Bennett 2008 - the teams
GB 2009 in Geneva
World Record Balloon Flight
GB 2008 in Albuquerque
America's Challenge - update #2
America's Challenge - update #1

Search


Gasballoon Map

Partners

Official Gordon Bennett Pages

DFSV

Belgian Balloon Pages