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Competitor Information

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The dates for the rescheduled 23rd Australian National Ballooning Championships have been announced:

Monday 8th May - Saturday 13th May 2023

Check in & Practice: Friday 5th May 2023

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS: CONTROLLED BORDER

Information on WA’s controlled border arrangement, conditions of entry and quarantineLINK HERE

FREIGHT 

DEADLINES, FREIGHT CONTACTS AND OTHER INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED AFTER OUR COORDINATORS HAVE RETURNED FROM THE SEPTEMBER '21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.

RULES

Please follow this link for the Official Rules: TBC

REGISTRATIONS:

Pilot registrations for the 23rd Australian National Ballooning Championships are open. The Event is open to Australian and International Pilots who are holders of a Private Pilot Certificate, a current FAI sporting licence and who have a minimum of 30 hours PIC. Pilots must be members of the Australian Ballooning Federation (we will assist International Pilots to gain a temporary membership), and the balloon must carry minimum A$2 million Third Party insurance.

Please click on the link below to send an email request to our Registrar, for expression of interest/registration forms. An entry fee of $250 will be payable to finalise your registration, prior to 31st December 2022.

nbe.pilotrego@gmail.com

General enquiries & accommodation: northamballooningevents@gmail.com

Vest Sizing Chart

Pilot Registration Form

PILOT INCENTIVES

The Organisers are once again keen to show Competitors that their participation is highly valued. Full detail of the incentives that we are offering can be accessed (and printed) by clicking HERE

The Organising Team looks forward to once again welcoming Pilots from across Australia and overseas, to fly over our scenic Avon Valley, at the most beautiful time of year. Also, to enjoy the friendly hospitality of Northam Town, which for many decades has been a ballooning ‘Mecca‘ for Aeronauts from around the globe.

ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION:
We have been working hard to find the most suitable accommodation for Officials and Balloon teams, and at best prices. Please see links below, to Muresk Agricultural College, the historically preferred venue for Pilots, Crews and Officials, and to a detailed listing for Other Accommodation. 

Muresk Agricultural College 

Other Accommodation

MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS:

All important information and recall procedure will be by SMS or WhatsApp. Pilots are advised to ensure that their phones work in the area. Mobile coverage is from major networks (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone) and some of their clients (eg TPG). Check your Provider's coverage map.

CALENDAR FOR PILOTS: TO BE UPDATED.

DATE  TIME & EVENT
Friday 5th May 4:00 - 6:00 pm: Pilot Check in, volunteer crew introduction, Sausage sizzle provided. Bar open Northam Aero Club (NAC) clubrooms
Saturday 6th May

5:15 am: Briefing - practice flights. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar

5:00 - 8:00 pm: Briefing for Elevate Festival Night Glow, Set-up, Night Glow, followed by Official Welcome Function for Pilots, Crew, Officials, VIP's. Henry Street Oval. Northam Recreation Centre, Peel Terrace

Sunday 7th May

5.15 am: Briefing - practice flights. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar. 

2:30 pm: General Briefing - Pilots, Officials, Crew, Volunteers. Bert Hawke Pavillion, Clarke Street. NAC bar open post - General Briefing. NAC Clubrooms

Monday 8th May

5:15 am: Briefing - competition tasks. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar. BBQ Breakfast. NAC Clubrooms

3:15 pm: Briefing - competition tasks. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar

Tuesday 9th May

5:15 am: Briefing - competition tasks. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar. BBQ Breakfast. NAC Clubrooms

3:15 pm: Briefing - competition tasks. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar

Wednesday 10th May

5:15 am: Briefing - competition tasks. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar. BBQ Breakfast. NAC Clubrooms

3:15 pm: Briefing - competition tasks. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar

Thursday 11th May

5:15 am: Briefing - competition tasks. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar. BBQ Breakfast. NAC Clubrooms

3:15 pm : Briefing - competition tasks. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar

Friday 12th May

5:15 am : Briefing - competition tasks. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar. BBQ Breakfast. NAC Clubrooms

3:15 pm: Briefing - competition tasks. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar

Saturday 13th May

5:15 am: Briefing - competition tasks or KEY GRAB event. Northam Airfield, NAC Hangar. BBQ Breakfast. NAC Clubrooms

6:00 - 10:00 pm: Awards Night Function. Recreation Centre Fuction room, Peel Terrace

NORTHAM FIRST/LAST LIGHT, SUNRISE/SUNSET 2023


KEY LOCATIONS ON YOUR ARRIVAL

LOCATION

STREET

LATITUDE

LONGITUDE

Northam Airfield

Withers Street

31°37" 45"

116° 41" 27"

Muresk Institute

Muresk Road
Spencers Brook

31°44" 57"

116°40" 54"

Northam Visitor's Centre

Grey Street

31° 39"06"

116° 40"17"

Bert Hawke Reserve

Suburban Road
(off Clarke Street)

31° 38" 25"

116° 39" 49"

Northam Recreation Centre

Jubilee Oval
Peel Terrace

31° 39" 01"

116° 40" 36"

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