Competitors

Nominated pilots and entry status

Stefan ZEBERLI 1. Stefan ZEBERLI – SUI
I started ballooning in 2000. Or team won 5 times the Europeans and we have been 2. and 3. at the last two Worlds.
EC-NOK – The Racer by Ultramagic
   
Laurynas KOMŽA 2. Laurynas KOMŽA – LTU
Son of an experienced pilot. Hot air balloon pilot since 2004, flight instructor since 2016, technician since 2018. Gordon Bennett participant in 2016. Silver medal in HAB Europeans 2019, Lithuanian champion in 2020.
LY-OEQ – PIXEL – Lindstrand LBL 77A
   
Nicolas SCHWARTZ 3. Nicolas SCHWARTZ – FRA
Hot air balloon pilot since 2000, 4 times French Champion (2008, 2009, 2012, 2019), Best results are 3rd at last 2019 European’s Championship in Mallorca and 4th at World’s Championship (Debrecen in 2010, Saga in 2016). Business owner of Ballooning.es based in Barcelona (Spain) offering since 2006 fun and nice balloon rides over Catalonia.
F-GYNS – St Michel – Ultramagic M77C
   
- 4. Beata CHOMA – POL
Started Ballooning in 1994 as an Observer, Pilot since 2004, Commercial pilot since 2017. Started to fly commercial in India and continue in Poland.
Competing since 2006. Participated in World Championship 2012 in Battle Creek (USA), European Championship 2015 in Debrecen (Hungary), European Championship 2019 in Mallorca (Spain).
Won Woman European Championship 2017 in Leszno (Poland)
SP-BEA – Tyskie – Kubicek BB20XR
   
Nairi BARSEGHYAN 5. Nairi BARSEGHYAN – ARM
Was born in Armenia, the city of Yerevan in 1986
President of the Ballooning Sports Federation of Armenia.
Founder of company SkyBall.
Hot air balloon pilot since 2014
—cup winner SharNN-2018
—cup winner SharNN-2020
The maximum flight range is 525km.
Maximum flight duration 10:35.
RA-2310G – Skyball – 2550 m3
   
Daniel KUSTERNIGG 6. Daniel KUSTERNIGG – AUT
8 times Austrian Champion.
OE-RDK – Kärnten – Cameron TR-70
   
Helmut PÖTTLER 7. Helmut POETTLER – AUT
Multiple Austrian Champion.
OE-ZHP – Warsteiner – Ultramagic M65C
   
Thomas KINDERMANN-SCHOEN 8. Thomas KINDERMANN-SCHOEN – AUT
Pilot since 2003, Participants in Worlds 2018 and Europeans 2017 and 2019. Best result is a 10th place in the 2019 Europeans.
OE-RIT – Italia – Cameron TR-65
   
Michael ABEL 9. Michael ABEL – AUT
Balloon riding has always been important in my family. My grandfather was and is one of my role models in ballooning. This is my second European championship. Up to now I have taken part in lots of national and international competitions.
OE-RZU – Colorful-spiral – Ultramagic MV-77C
   
Martin PAGGER 10. Martin PAGGER – AUT
My start in Competition Ballooning where in 2017. I collect much experience in Europeans and Worlds as a crew and now i will fly my first europeans.
OE-ZIX – Speedo – Kavanagh Balloons EX-65
   
Christoph FRAISL 11. Christoph FRAISL – AUT
Pilot since 2005; collecting much experience in Europeans and Worlds as a crew and organizer of the Worlds 2018; now i will fly my first europeans
OE-RCF – Reisebüro Racer – Cameron TR-70
   
Steven VLEGELS 12. Steven-VLEGELS – BEL
7x Belgian Champion, Silver medal World Air Games Dubai
OO-BFN – Black Racer – Ultramagic M56C
   
David SPILDOOREN 13. David SPILDOOREN – BEL
Hot air balloon pilot since 2007, participants in Worlds an Europeans
OO-BFJ – Vultus Lupi – Ultramagic MV-56
   
Evert DEHANDSCHUTTER 14. Evert DEHANDSCHUTTER – BEL
Participation in Junior Worlds 2016 and Europeans in 2019.
OO-BAE – Kubicek BB20XR
   
- 15. Thomas SPILDOOREN – BEL
I started ballooning from father to son. My father thaught as my older brother David the basics of flying a hot air balloon. The specific details and essential tips and tricks of competition ballooning I have learned from my 5 year older brother David.
I only flew a few challenges, a junior World Championship and a Belgium Championship were I finished 4the. I am looking forward to my first grand European Championship..
OO-BKB – KEREL- Ultramagic MV-56
   
Igor MIKLOUSIC 16. Igor MIKLOUŠIĆ – CRO
I am a second generation balloonist with both of my parents competitive balloon pilots and founders of Balloon club Zagreb. I continue the tradition and am extremely happy to be able to fly over the world in one of the most beautiful balloons – The Celebration of flowers, a flying painting of Ivan Rabuzin.
9A-ORA – Celebration of flowers – Ultramagic B-70
   
Marija PETRIC-MIKLOUSIC 17. Petrić Marija MIKLOUŠIĆ – CRO
Founder of Balloon club Zagreb, and a pilot for over 25 years. I have been lucky to compete and travel with my family and club members all around the world and I am extremely proud of the Balloon club all girl teams!
9A-OGZ – ZAGREB – Ultramagic M77C
   
Bojan KUGLER 18. Bojan KUGLER – CRO
In ballooning since 2014. in my hometown club „Balloon Club Zagreb”. I have been on several competitions as a navigator for my team but this is my first competition as a PIC. Looking forward to it!
9A-OMG – Cedevita – Kubicek BB-30XR
   
David LINEK 19. David LINEK – CZE
12th European, 15th WAG, 21th World.
OK-0055 – DLNK racer – Kubicek BB20XR
   
Petr KUBICEK 20. Petr KUBICEK – CZE
Balloon Manufacturer (Kubicek Balloons), test pilot, instructor.
OK-1356 – Kubicek XR – Kubicek BB20XR
   
- 21. Pavel KOSTRHUN – CZE
Pilot since 1991.
OK-0809 – RENC – Kubicek BB20XR
   
- 22. Pavel MĚŘÍNSKÝ – CZE
Matador
OK-6660 – Satan II – Kubicek BB20XR
   
Kim LARSEN 23. Kim LARSEN – DEN
Balloon Pilot since 2010, Instructor since 2014, participated in 1 World Championship, 4 European Championships.
OY-WOW – Blue Ocean – Ultramagic M-77C
   
24. Rune PAAMAND – DEN
3rd generation balloon pilot, creator of the HotAir Pilot app.
OY-JOY – Joy – Lindstrand LBL-77A
   
   
- 25. Claus THOMSEN – DEN
Several Danish Nationals. Crewing in Saga, Japan.
OY-GOE – Lindstrand 1700 m3
   
Ivan AYALA 26. Ivan AYALA – ESP
2-time medalist in European Championships. 5th in 2018 World HAB Championship.
EC-LEO – La Rioja – Ultramagic M65C
   
Blai CARBONELL 27. Blai CARBONELL – ESP
I started ballooning in 1998 after a few years in mountaineering and climbing, hobbies that I have continued to practice since I was young.
In 2006 I tried the competition and I loved it. Since then I have attended the nationals annually where in 2018 I achieved victory.
To date I have participated in 2 World Championship and 3 Europeans, so this will be my fifth time in International as part of the Spanish National Team.
EC-MVB – SILVER STAR – Ultramagic M65C
   
Ricardo ARACIL ROMERO 28. Ricardo ARACIL ROMERO – ESP
Spanish Champion 2009 and many times Vice champion and Bronze holder in Spanish championships, 6th at the World AIr Games 2015, Organizer of the prevent European Championship on Mallorca 2019.
EC-JKQ – MALLORCA BALLOONS – Ultramagic M77
   
Óscar PORTILLO 29. Óscar PORTILLO – ESP
I am a 3rd generation balloonist from my mother and uncle side who learned competition from their father. I got my license in 1999 and started competition in SAGA 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014. This will be my first European Championship. 🙂
EC-IRF – El globo de Oscar – Ultramagic M77C
   
- 30. Clément SEIGEOT – FRA
Commercial balloon pilot over the city of Melbourne (Australia). French Champion 2017. World ranking #3.
Balloon under construction
   
JeanPhilippe ODOUARD 31. JeanPhilippe ODOUARD – FRA
Start Ballooning in 90′, Pilot since 1999, Commercial pilot since 2010 in Annonay, Participated all French championship since 2002 and 3 world championship. French champion 2013 & 2020.
2021 first participation at European Championship.
Flying in Brazil – World Air Game in Dubaï – and European country.
F-HGPJ – ARDÈCHE AMAZED – Chaize DC22
   
Laure de COLIGNY 32. Laure de COLIGNY – FRA
Become pilot in 2007 at 18 years old
French champion in 2015
Participate in international competition since 2012
Balloon under construction – Dawn Chaser DC22
   
Benjamin CLEYET-MARREL 33. Benjamin CLEYET-MARREL – FRA
Started ballooning 20years ago, competition 8 years ago. Owner of the only manufacturer of hot air balloon in France.
F-HBFN – Dawn Chaser – Dawn Chaser DC22
   
Alexis BEJAT 34. Alexis BEJAT – FRA
Start ballooning in 2007, professional since 2009 with my company while 11 years.
Now pilot freelance First International championship
4 French championship
1 Gordon Bennett
2 french records
F-HYDC – Yellow Dawn Chaser – Dawn Chaser DC22
   
Dominic BAREFORD 35. Dominic BAREFORDGBR
Been in ballooning my whole life, have enjoyed flights all over the world including Argentina, Melbourne, Japan, Europe. I fly as a job and for fun with family and friends.
British national champion 2015-2019
Junior World champion 2014
World champion 2018
G-CKXH – Sundance – Ultramagic MV65C
   
- 36. Thomas HOOKGBR
Competition Pilot. 6 ft 4 great banter
G-HUKS – Black Hawk – Kubicek BB22XR
   
Kenneth KARLSTROM 37. Kenneth KARLSTROMGBR
I started ballooning when I studied at Chalmers University in Gothenburg. The local beer company had sponsored the university balloon and I found the combination of balloon flights and free beer very appealing. I competed for Sweden in 3 World Championships 1981 – 1985 and stopped competing when I started flying commercial balloons in Kenya 1986. I moved to the UK in 1991 and carried on flying commercially until a few years ago when I started competing again. I’m now competing for the United Kingdom.
G-KENR – Slim – Kubicek BB20XR
   
- 38. Rupert STANLEYGBR

G-RUPS – Rupert – Cameron TR70
   
- 39. Pascal KREINS – GER
Pilot licence since 2009, German national team since 2012, participation in Europeans 2013, 2015, 2019 , participation in Worlds 2016 & 2018, participation in Junior Worlds 2012, 2014 & 2016.
I like to do ballon flight(s) every day. 😉
D-OVFW – Verpalin – Ultramagic B-70
   
Uwe SCHNEIDER 40. Uwe SCHNEIDER – GER

 

Dinosaur in Competition Ballooning.


EC-MAG – Rainbow Racer – Ultramagic MV65C

   
Martin WEGNER 41. Martin WEGNER – GER
Started ballooning in 2005, in the German National Balloon team since 2008
D-OBBY – Dobby (from Harry Potter) – Kubicek BB20XR
   

Sven GÖHLER

42. Sven GÖHLER – GER
Pilot since 1996
World Air Games Champion 2009
Vice European Champion 2015
5 times German Champion
D-OWMM – Warsteiner Mistral – Schroeder Fire Balloons G18/24
   
David STRASMANN 43. David STRASMANN – GER
Pilot for Hot Air and Gasballoons since 1999 over 1200 flights and 2000 hours.
2015 World Air Games Champion
2. World Ranking List
3x Germans Nationals Winner
3x Youth Germans Nationals Winner
HB-QXD – Blaser Explorer II – Ultramagic B-55
   
- 44. Bastian SCHWARZ – GER
Second generation balloonist, flying PIC since 2008, competitions since 2013
OE-RMW – Kubicek BB20XR
   
Péter MOLNÁR 45. Péter MOLNÁR – HUN
Family tradition.
(His father was European Champion in 1990 and Hungarian Champion more times.)
OK-1990 – cargo-partner – Kubicek BB20XR
   
Szabolcs GARAB 46. Szabolcs GARAB – HUN

OK-0715 – ExtremRacer – Kubicek BB20XR
   
János KONECSNI 47. János KONECSNI – HUN
Hungarian Championship 6 times.
OM-1729 – Ultramagic MV-65C
   
Igor CHARBONNIER 48. Igor CHARBONNIER – ITA
Balloon Company owner based in Aosta among the Italian Alps.
I-RIKY – Mongolfiere.it – 2200 m3
   
Guido MONTEMURRO 49. Guido MONTEMURRO – ITA
I am the Owner of Balloon Team Italia, my company flies to Tuscany, I am passionate about competitions with the aim of making ballooning more and more known in Italy.
I want to hope and dream that my best results are yet to come 🙂
I-BTIM – BTIM – Kubicek BB20XR
   
Marco GIOMI 50. Marco GIOMI – ITA
Italian pilot start ballooning 12 years ago. Best result is the 3rd place on the Italian Championship at 2018.
I-CIGN – ELGAS Balloon – Cameron Z-90
   
- 51. Kaspars STAMURS – LAT
New to ballooning.
YL-015 – AB.LV – Ultramagic M-77
   
Kristine VEVERE 52. Kristine VEVERE – LAT
Latvian Champion 5 times, 5th place in the 1st Women HAB Europeans.
The most exciting experience- competing in World Air Games 2015, Dubai, UAE.
YL-013 – Air Kiss – Ultramagic M-65C
   
Ieva ŠĶĒLE 53. Ieva ŠĶĒLE – LAT
Balloon crew member since 2004, pilot from 2015 and participant of Women championships since. Commercial pilot in Latvia, but still full with passion for sport challenges and tasks up in the air
YL-014 – Latvija – Cameron C90
   
Vytas KERDOKAS 54. Vytas KERDOKAS – LTU
Started 11 years ago, with old friend and from first flight like it. A lot of flying with passengers but competitions flights like most.
LY-OCH – Yellow – Ultramagic MV65C
   
Rokas KOSTIUŠKEVIČIUS 55. Rokas KOSTIUŠKEVIČIUS – LTU
Been in the air with a hot air balloon in Argentina during full Solar eclipse. Ultramagic life!
LY-RRV – Orange Racer – Ultramagic MV65C
   
 Tadas GEGEVIČIUS 56. Tadas GEGEVIČIUS – LTU
Just like ballooning and competitions.
LY-OEU – Vilnius – Kubicek BB20XR
   
Rimas KOSTIUŠKEVIČIUS 57. Rimas KOSTIUŠKEVIČIUS – LTU
Worlds 2016 -2 ,Europeans 2013-2
LY-OMS – MARIJAMPOLE – Ultramagic MV65C
   
Vytautas JUNEVIČIUS 58. Vytautas JUNEVIČIUS – LTU
I am active in a hot air balloon sports since 2002.
I participated in several European and World Championships.
During the entire career I have won several international competitions.
LY-OCK – ILONOS ANGELAI – Ultramagic MV65C
   
Christophe BETZEN 59. Christophe BETZEN – LUX
Pilot since 2011, Participants in Worlds an Europeans 2018 & 2019
LX-BNB – Nico Betzen – Cameron Balloons TR-70
   
Roy GOMMER 60. Roy GOMMER – NED
Became 2nd at the previous Junior World Hot Air Balloon Championship.
PH-RGH -Kubicek BB20XR
   
Henk BOEDERS 61. Henk BROEDERS – NED
I started ballooning since 1972 and I got my balloonlicense in 1986. I won the Dutch Championship 19 times and still Dutch champion.
Balloon details later
   
Jan OUDENAMPSEN 62. Jan OUDENAMPSEN – NED
I got my pilot licence in 1992, start my ballooning company Excellent Ballooning in 1995. Simultaneously I also owned a large dairy farm, these two companies I managed for 20 years together. If balloonist I fly on all types and sizes of balloons, special shapes, large 24 to 30 seater passenger balloons and small competition balloons. In winter time for several years fly balloons within the Arctic Circler in Finland, Sweden and even on Svalbard Spitsbergen. But also in all European countries and Thailand, Kenya,etc. Was the first who fly with a balloon in Indonesia. Besides commercial ballooning I find competition flying a great challenge, I have been nominate several times for the Netherlands and even once Dutch Champion. For the European and World Championships I flew in countries as France, Hungary, Poland, Japan, etc.
PH-OOL – Fool – Ultramagic M65C
   
- 63. Mateusz RĘKAS – POL
World Champion in Long Distance Gas Ballooning, Gordon Bennett Cup 2018
SP-BMR – Roleski eXtreme – Kubicek BB17XR
   
Tomasz FILUS 64. Tomasz FILUS – POL
Hot air balloon pilot since 2010.
2 times Polish Champion
Silver Medal in Junior Worlds 2016
Polish national team since 2012
SP-BDM – LBL 69X
   
Roman BAUTA 65. Roman BAUTA – POL
I’ve always been fascinated by aviation. I was jumping with a parachute but when I bought a balloon, I stopped jumping. I’ve been a balloon pilot since 2011 and in the Polish national team since 2016.
SP-BRR – NEXBAU – Ultramagic MV-65C
   
- 66. Bartosz NOWAKOWSKI – POL
I was born to fly 🙂
SP-BPM – ANWIL WŁOCŁAWEK – Lindstrand 
   
Witold FILUS 67. Witold FILUS – POL
As a glider and motor aircraft pilot I got a balloon licence at the age of 37, reigning champion of Poland, won 8 times balloon championship of Poland, won a few 1st category international events.
SP-BTS – SPLAST – Lindstrand Series Racer 75
   
Dmitriy ZHOKHOV 68. Dmitriy ZHOKHOV – RUS
Pilot since 2014. Winner of the Russian Cup 2019, 2nd place at the Russian Championship 2018, 3rd place in the team competition at the Junior World Championship 2018.
Leader of the Russian ranking 2019-2020.
RA-2171G – AeroNaTC-Osa – AeroNaTC 2000 m³
   
Evgeny CHUBAROV 69. Evgeny CHUBAROV – RUS
Pilot since 2005.
RA-8888G – Euruball-Tequila – AT104-70TASP/2150 m³
   
- 70. Andrey KULKOV – RUS
Pilot since 2014. Winner of the Russian Cup 2019, 2nd place at the Russian Championship 2018, 3rd place in the team competition at the Junior World Championship 2018.
Leader of the Russian ranking 2019-2020.
RA-2790G – HOLA – Racer 2000 m³
   
Vito ROME 71. Vito ROME – SLO
I have great memories of flying over Hungary and am looking forward to competing again on Europeans. Multiple Slovenian champion, several places in the first third of pilots on Europeans.
S5-ORV – Kubicek BB22XR
   
Dejan BUZETI 72. Dejan BUZETI – SLO
CE-Cup 2020 (3. place), Slovenian National Championship 2020 (2. place), Slovenian National Championship 2019 (3. place).
S5-OMS – ŠTRKEC – Kubicek BB22XR
   
Jernej BOJANOVIČ 73. Jernej BOJANOVIČ – SLO
I started flying at age 17. I flew 6 years in Canada, flew at Albuquerque balloon fiesta four times, did some flights in Mexico and Tanzania. I also did some competition flying but still waiting for better result. 😉
S5-OCF – Kubicek BB20XR
   
Roman HUGI 74. Roman HUGI – SUI
Balloon pilot since 2010, top ten results at European and World Championships, bronze medalist European Championship 2017. I just love to try and reach some targets.
HB-QYN – FIBOX – Kubicek BB17XR
   
René-ERNI 75. René ERNI – SUI
After about 1000 paragliding flights, I started ballooning in 2000. I’ve been a member of the national team since 2007.
HB-QVX – SportXX – Ultramagic MV-65C
   
Marc BLASER 76. Marc BLASER – SUI
USA, WM Brasilien 2014, WM Frankreich 2017, European Championship Mallorca 2019, Swiss Championship 2019, Luxembourg Balloon Trophy Ballooning CV: 2016/18/19, Saga 2011, 2017
N6230V – Cassidy – POULIN RONALD R V50
   
Gian-Marco NACHT 77. Gian-Marco NACHT – SUI
Competing internationally since 2014 Junior World Championships.
HB-QVC – MM-Technics – Ultramagic MV-65C
   
Cedric GAUCH 78. Cedric GAUCH – SUI
This is my first Europeans. Proud to be part of Team Switzerland!
HB-QOV – Blaser – Boland Experimental AX7-73
   
Juraj BREZAN 79. Juraj BREZAN – SVK
I fly for joy and compete with enthusiasm. From time to time I hit the target or win something. This is the right motivation for me and the crew to wake up for next morning briefing. 🙂
OM-2345 – Chivas Regal – Ultramagic M-77V
   
- 80. Pavol GOMBOS – SVK
I’ve been flying for 8 years. It’s amazing that I have such an opportunity.
OM-4818 – P&P import s.r.o. – Cameron TR77
   
Marián HRAŇO 81. Marián HRAŇO – SVK
Balloonpilot since 2006, flight instructor.
OM-3333 – Bramac – Kubicek BB26N
   
Nils-Evert KJELLÉN 82. Nils-Evert KJELLÉN – SWE
Balloonpilot since 1978, commersial pilot and flight instructor. Got interested in ballooning under the first European Hot Air Balloon Championchip 1976 in my hometown Skövde.
G-XPWW – Ställa – Cameron Balloons TR-77
   
Roman SAVCHUK 83. Roman SAVCHUK – UKR
3 times champion of Ukraine, 1st place in the Russian Cup, and at the open Lithuanian Championship, 18th place in the European. Championship
UR-PXKE – Sova -Sport 1700
   
Maksym DEMCHUK 84. Maksym DEMCHUK – UKR
Pilot since 2010. Participants in Worlds 2018
Balloon under construction – Hetman – Kubicek BB22XR
   
   

Nominated pilots and entry status