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Egypt resumes hot air balloon flights over Luxor after temporary halt

Authorities have adopted a range of safety measures for balloon operations ahead of an eight-day international ballooning festival

Ahram Online , Wednesday 7 Sep 2016

Egypt has resumed hot air balloon rides over the ancient city of Luxor after they were temporarily halted last week due to poor weather conditions.

Ahmed Abboud, the head of hot air balloon operations in Luxor, said Tuesday that the four-day suspension was in accordance with newly placed regulations.

Authorities have adopted a range of safety measures for balloon operations ahead of an eight-day international ballooning festival due to be hosted in December, Abboud was quoted as saying by state news agency MENA.

The festival will bring together 80 of the world's top balloon pilots from some 30 countries.

Under the new regulations, hot air balloons will be monitored by cameras, connected to ground stations with transponders and equipped with a GPS tracking system, according to Abboud.

Balloons will also be banned from flying above 2,000 meters.

The suspension of balloon rides came days after 22 Chinese tourists suffered minor injuries in a crash landing in Luxor caused by strong winds.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent ... xor-a.aspx


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Another mention of a Balloon Festival but still no dates. If anyone sees or hears anything about this event, please post the information for others.
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It seems to be a new, annual event:

HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL IN LUXOR

December 09 - December 16, 2016

Luxor
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Luxor, Egypt
2nd weekend in December
Number of balloons: 90
Year began: 2016

http://www.hotairballoon.com/HOT-AIR-BA ... -IN-LUXOR/

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LUXOR FIRST INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FESTIVAL
The Vision
Luxor first balloon festival is a very special event that will give the participants a unique chance to fly over the heritage of the Pharaohs most famous monuments in the historic City LUXOR that hosts more than 50 percent of the remains of the Egyptian Ancient Civilization.
Moreover, Pilots coming from different states in Europe, where the cold winter is having its shadow all over the life activities, will enjoy a joyful warm weather on the banks of the river Nile.
The Aeroclub of Egypt has organized this Festival to be an un forgettable event for balloon

The Event:

Egypt will wetness the First International hot air Balloon Festival in Luxor starting the 9th ending the 16th Of December 2016, a meeting of 80 balloon amateur pilots from different countries will be flying in the sky of the ancient city of Luxor, enjoying the view of the Nile river and its famous heritage of monuments, challenging in amicable competitions energizing their the event isnt only about ballooning but rather alot more. along with the ballooning event there will be an amazing touristic plans that people from all around the world would enjoy.
evening flight is scheduled with a landing at the sun set in the desert, where a Bedwen night will be organized to enjoy the magic of the desert, the Bedwen folkloric dances and the grilled Bedwen food
The Venue:
Luxor is the selected venue of the event , it is situated 800 Km to the south of Cairo , and often called the world's greatest open air museum , but that comes nowhere near describing this extraordinary place, nothing in the world compares to the scale and grandeur of the monuments that have survived from ancient Thebes. luxor is considered to be a magical city where people from all over the world come to see it and enjoy it.
The setting is breathtakingly beautiful, the Nile flowing between the modern city and west-bank necropolis, backed by the enigmatic Theban escarpment. Scattered across the landscape is an embarrassment of riches, from the temples of Karnak and Luxor in the east to the many tombs and temples on the west bank.

The opening ceremony will take place at the temple of Luxor in such a fascinating environment, presenting some Egyptian Folkloric dances and much more.

The flying activities will be organized at the take of strip dedicated to hot air balloons used for commercial touristic flights. While the landings will be at the landing strip currently used for touristic commercial balloons.

The setting is breathtakingly beautiful, the Nile flowing between the modern city and west-bank necropolis, backed by the enigmatic Theban escarpment. Scattered across the landscape is an embarrassment of riches, from the temples of Karnak and Luxor in the east to the many tombs and temples on the west bank.

The opening ceremony will take place at the temple of Luxor in such a fascinating environment, presenting some Egyptian Folkloric dances and much more.

The flying activities will be organized at the take of strip dedicated to hot air balloons used for commercial touristic flights. While the landings will be at the landing strip currently used for touristic commercial balloons.

The Organizers:
The Aero club of Egypt Planned, organized and worked out the First Hot Air Balloon Festival to be held in Luxor second week of December this year.

The Aero club of Egypt was established in 1910, in the same year together with the collaboration of the Aero club De France, they organized the first world Air Race, a cross country flight between Heliopolis and the Pyramids.

In 1911 The Aero club of Egypt joined the International Aviation Sport Federation (FAI) the responsible International agency for sport aviation, and became the representative of Egypt in the federation.

Later in 1933, the aero club of Egypt organized the first desert Rally, crossing the desert between the different Egyptian oasis that met a great success and had an important impact on the international sport aviation.

The second desert rally followed in 1937 covering longer distances extending the flying course to join Luxor and Aswan.

Now it is almost 80 years since the last international event was hosted by Egypt, yet the Hot air Balloon Festival in Luxor will be a rejoining to the international sport aviation activities.

Registration: www.aeroclubofegypt.org



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Well as I was awake this morning @ 5.30am when Viking came in low and had to land in uncut sugar-cane.
Probably due to lack of wind..... 8)
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Thank you Bennu look forward to seeing that. :)

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:sd I'm not promising anything - just googling, cutting and pasting. :ct

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Thanks for the information Bennu.
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