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This is the page where all the Balloon Competition documents will be placed.


This is a link to the 2017 PILOT'S INVITATION.


Here is the link to the online secure registration forms.


The 2017 COMPETITION MAP and Rule Book will be available for download from HERE once they are finalised.


Below are a few of the important details about this years Canowindra International Balloon Challenge.


The 2017 event will be run over eight days from Tuesday 18th to Tuesday 25th  April. You will note that this follows Easter and includes ANZAC Day.


Canowindra showground in Rodd Street will be the main briefing center and event office. This year we are taking to the skies with a crisp new logo which depicts balloons, NSW and Canowindra in a stylized form in vibrant balloon colours.


The event will be conducted under a Civil Aviation (CASA) Aerial Display Permit.


The 2017 Canowindra International Challenge and Fiesta is open to Australian and International pilots with more than 30 hours PIC. There are no PIC hour restrictions for fiesta pilots bearing in mind that fiesta balloons will not be launching with or flying in the fleet of competition balloons. Our goal is to have 30 balloons flying all week with 10 spots being held for international pilots.


The competition entry fee is AU$200 which helps defray the travel costs of the key Officials who will be directing your competition.





o   18th January 2017: Invitations sent and call for expressions of interest.

o   30th January 2017: Pilot registrations open

o   28th February 2017: Expressions of interest close

o   10th March 2017: Registrations close.  Late registration will be subject to available positions.

o   14th, 15th. 16th April Early checkins 2.00pm to 5.00pm

o   14th, 15th, 16th April Practice flights, you must checkin and get maps before flying.

o   17th April 2017: 3.00pm Last Checkin unless by prior arrangement.

o   17th April 3.30pm Master briefing. It is mandatory that you attend.

o   17th April 5.30pm Free Welcome BBQ but BYO drinks.

o   18th April 5.45am First comp briefing and flight.

o   18th to 24th April 5.45am & 3.30pm Daily briefings and Flights

o   22nd April 5.30pm Assemble for Pilots Parade & 7.00pm Balloon Glow

o   22nd April 8.00pm to 9.00pm Post Glow pilots, crew and volunteers meal.

o   24th April 6.00am KAVANAGH BALLOONS KEY GRAB

o   24th April 6.30pm Awards presentation dinner.

o   25th April 6.30am (after the Anzac dawn service) Alternate Kavanagh Balloons key grab.





There is over AU$17,000 worth of prizes to be won!


* 1st prize for the overall point score Champion is AU$3000, 2nd AU$2000 and 3rd AU$1000.


* $500 per flight winners (10 potential flight slots) $5000


* A ”rookies” weekly prize of $800. This will be available to the top scoring competition pilot who has never    competed in a formal competition event in Australia before. (Canowindra 2016 was not a formal event)


* A mystery prize of $500 to be awarded at the Directors discretion.


* Any prize money not awarded will be retained by the organisers and will go towards the 2018 prize pool.





Will be held on Monday 24th April with a reserve slot of Tuesday 25th in case of bad weather.


The key grab prize will be an exciting piece of balloon equipment worth a minimum of AU$6500. The details to be announced closer to the day.


There is also a consolation prize of a Kavanagh 60L Stainless Steel fuel tank for the closest marker drop if the key doesn’t go off.


If an overseas pilot wins one of these prizes they may elect to accept cash in lieu: AU$3000 for successful key grab or AU$1000 for the closest marker drop if the key doesn’t go off.


Note: All prize monies will be paid by cheque in Australian dollars at the Awards Dinner, unless other prior arrangements have been made with the organisers. Collection of physical prizes may not be available at the event but details will be announced prior to the event.


Future Events

21st to 29th April, 2018

20th to 28th April, 2019

18th to 26th April, 2020



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