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Design and manufacture of hot air balloons
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After a challenging week of competition, the 1st Women's World Championship has been won by Nicola Scaife.

Congratulations from the team here at Kavanagh Balloons and the rest of Australia who have been cheering you on from the side lines.

Congratulations also to Elisabeth Kindermann of Austria on 2nd place and Agne Simonaviciute Lithuania for 3rd.

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If you are not already following the 1st Woman's World Championship in Leszno, Poland then get onto it.

Personally we are cheering for Nicola Scaife and her team representing Australia, Balloon Aloft Australia and showing the world what our EX-60 can do.

Go Nic and good luck for the rest of the week.

Results are here:

The electronic notice board is here:

and the official website is here:

Finally, follow along on the Australian Competition Ballooning page for photos and commentary: 

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Flytec have released a new entry level instrument pack, the Flytec 6000.

Priced at $325.00 including all paperwork, this unit is great value for money.

We are looking to order some of these soon so please send expressions of interest to so we know how many to buy in.

Full details are on the Flytec website:

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We are still recovering from an amazing week at the 19th Australian National Championship and Canowindra Challenge.

Congratulations to Matthew Scaife, our new National Champion with an impressive 870 point average for the week.

2nd went to Sean Kavanagh, 3rd to Peter Wright, 4th to Nicola Scaife and 5th to Paul Gibbs.

In a first for competition ballooning in Australia, half of the field were flying racer envelopes and they dominated the results.

In the Nationals 7 of the 8 racers made up the top spots and in the Canowindra Challenge International event, 11 of the 12 racers filled all the top results.

Special mention goes to Yudai Fujita of Japan finishing in 3rd place as the first international pilot - flying an EX-65 for the first time in his first event in Australia. Joe Heartsill also took out 7th place, also in an EX-65.

Congratulations to everyone involved from competitors to organisers and officials.  It was a great event. 

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Now this is awesome - global visualisation of wind direction and speed. Pan around the globe and zoom in. Change altitude from the menu on the bottom left. The forecast data is updated every three hours.,-25.18,990

Australian Geographic magazine have a great story coming out in January 2014 on the early days of Australian Ballooning.

James McCormac was eight years old when his father Terry died in a ballooning accident in Wagga. Nowadays he is a photographer and writer, and with the fiftieth anniversary of Terry's first flight coming up, he thought it was time to record the event and his father's involvement in ballooning. It is a nicely written article and covers all the early experimentation up to the time of the accident in 1975.

If we get 30 or more people to commit to purchasing a copy then we can get the magazine at around 50% discount + postage.  The normal cover price is $14.95.

Please send expressions of interest to or fill out the form here:

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Congratulations to Takao Mizukami and Matthew Scaife for their fantastic results in Tochigi this year.

Takao Mizukami took first place in the international championship as well as securing 2nd place in the Honda Grand Prix while flying the EX-60.

Matthew Scaife finished in a very credible 5th place flying the EX-65 in only his second event in Tochigi.  This is a spectacular result considering the years of local knowledge that most competitors at this event are working with.

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Want to save some weight? Want to save some money?

Our double Crossfire burner is now approved for use on the E-240 and E-260 making upgrading that much easier on the hip pocket.

No special connectors, no larger diameter hoses, no extra noise. Just pure power from the most advanced burner design in the market.

Give us a call to discuss the new configuration options and look out for Revision 3 of the Kavanagh Balloons Flight Manual in the near future with the new minimum burner requirements and equipment list.

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Congratulations to all competitors in the 18th Australian National Ballooning Championship.

All top ten pilots in the Nationals were flying Kavanaghs of one model or another but again the EX-65 and new EX-60 have taken out the top spots.

1st Place - Paul Gibbs - EX-65
2nd Place - Sean Kavanagh - EX-60
3rd Place - Peter Wright - EX-65
4th Place - Matthew Scaife - EX-65

We have put together this little video from the basket of Sean Kavanagh in the EX-60.  It shows some of the fun and great flying during last week and the practice flights.

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Great to see the team at Governors Balloon Safaris in the Masai Mara, Kenya enjoying their new Crossfire burners. To quote an email from one of their pilots...

"The burners are great, perform like a dream, quiet, powerful, and very ergonomically designed. 

I flew the B400 with 16 pax, (Full load at 20 degrees and 6500 feet), and flew the whole flight using just one main burner. 

It was quiet, responsive, and I believe very efficient."

We couldn't ask for a better review than that!
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