Germans compete in hot air balloon championships

The best 25 balloon pilots in Germany compete in different tasks over five days.

Friday saw the so-called Fly-in. The balloonists have to place a fabric attached to a sand bag as close as possible to a mark, in this case a cross. Each balloonist will have to find their ideal height in order to get as close to the cross as possible, says organizer and president of the German association of hot-air balloons, Andreas Baus. "And I believe that it will be centimetres only which decided the winner."

Baus said that beside the large, commercial enterprises, there are also the serious sports balloonists like himself who who are passionate about ballooning. And as like in any other big sporting, it is all about the material and the skill of the pilot, serious money can be involved in the sport.

The competition lasts until Sunday.

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