The ABF has awarded a sanction to Northam Ballooning Events Inc. to run the 23rd Australian Hot Air Ballooning Championships in Northam, Western Australia.
Northam has run a very successful Nationals over years, most recently in 2015 and 2017, with Matthew Scaife winning in both years. Sean Kavanagh is the current champion, winning in Mudgee in 2019 and he is looking forward to defending his title.
To All ABF Pilots
I am pleased to advise that the WA Government has made announcement, confirming the dates for the re-scheduled 23rd Australian National Ballooning Championships in Northam:
Practice Flights: Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th May 2023
Competition Flights: Monday 8th - Friday 12th May 2023
Key Grab/Reserve Competition Flight: Saturday 13th May 2023
The Shire of Northam community event, "Elevate Festival", is scheduled to take place on Saturday 6th May, incorporating an evening 'balloon night glow' weather permitting.
The team at Northam Ballooning Events are delighted to invite you to participate in the Championships.
It will be a requirement for all Pilots to complete the full registration process for this re-scheduled event; as circumstances, or detail on documents previously submitted for the postponed event in 2021, may have changed in the interim. Of course, if NBE is still holding your registration fee, it will not be necessary to pay the fee again.
Gary Lacey will be the Event Director, directing his 4th National Championships; joined by John Wallington (Safety Officer) and Steve Ireland (Chief Scorer).
The event will use the FAI “Balloon Live” App with a connected Balloon Live Sensor (BLS). Competitors will need to familiarise themselves with the set up and use of the App and Sensor prior to the competition; and create an account on Watchmefly: https://watchmefly.net
The 23rd National Championships will be used to select the pilots to represent Australia in future World Championships.
A Pilot Portal web page has been activated, which contains information exclusive to Competitors, separate from general information for the public:
Once again, we hope to see you in Northam.
Northam Ballooning Events Inc