About the Lecture

At the end of the 18th century a human dream became reality. Since November 21st 1783 it is possible for mankind to see the world from a third dimension. The first balloons were hot air balloons but gas balloons were rapidly developed for long distance flights. Initially, meteorological conditions lead to many accidents. Only at the end of twentieth century, the meteorological forecasts with efficient numerical computer models allowed safe precise and efficient flying. 

In his presentation Claude would like to show how ballooning and meteorological forecasts are closely linked. Today world and European competitions attract ten of thousands of enthusiastic spectators to watch the colourful spectacle. With some practical examples he will try to explain how it is possible to have flight events in marginal or difficult conditions and that it is possible to fly high altitudes and long distances as well as very low and with precision to less than an inch.  

About the Speaker

Education & Occupation

                             High school degree mechanical engineer (University Luxembourg)
1981-1983                             Training for aeronautical forecasters (Airport Luxembourg)  
1983-1984                             Forecaster school DWD (Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany)

Since 1983 aeronautical forecaster for the meteorological and climatological office at the airport Luxembourg
Since 1999 representing the Luxembourg Met Service at the WGCEF (Working Group on Cooperation of European Forecasters)
Since 2010 Head of the Luxembourg Meteorological National Service

Ballooning activity since 1988
1988 First Hot Air Airship World Championship and balloon Jamboree in Walferdingen (Luxbg)
1990 Hot Air Airship European Championship in Mondorf les Bains (Luxembourg)
1992 Pre-Worlds 40 Balloons Meysembourg  (Luxembourg)
1993  First Hot Air Balloon World Championship Meysembourg 80 Balloons in competition
1998 – 2009 Mobilux Trophy / World Balloon Trophy/Honda Grand Prix (catI event 40balloons)  
1989 – 2009 Luxembourg  Championship 10-12 balloons.
2000 European Championship 80 balloons in competition. Meysembourg 
2001 World Air Games Hot Air Balloons and Gas Balloons Sevilla (Spain)
2001 Recognition for Karakorum Projet Ballooning over northern Pakistan K2 or Nanga Parbat.
2001 -2009 long distances 200 – 400km for hot air balloons over the Alps or Gas Balloons over France

As Met officer and Crew Member for the Luxembourg Teams 2-4 Balloons

1991 European Championship Belfort (France)
1996 European Championship Schieleiten (Austria)
1997 World Championship Saga (Japan)                                                                
1998 European Championship Katrineholm (Sweden)                                                      
2002 World Championship Châtellrault (France)
2004 World Championship Mildura (Australia)            
2006 World Championship Motegi (Japan)                                                                
2007 European Championship Magdeburg (Germany)                  
2008 Mountaineers climbing the Elbrus 5600m (Russia)                                       
2009 Mountaineers climbing the Aconcagua 6900m (Argentina) 

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