For visitors

Prekmurje is hosting Slovenia's biggest ballooning spectacle of the year, the Slovenian Open National Hot Air Balloon Championship – Murska Sobota 2019. The competition will also serve as an introduction to the next World Hot Air Balloon Championship that will take place on the same location and is scheduled for 19 - 26 September 2020.

The main happening of this year's competition will take place at Mansion Dvorec Rakičan and Murska Sobota Airport. We will welcome 40 ballooning teams from 17 different countries. The pilots are expected to perform several tasks that should give them plenty opportunity to showcase their knowledge and ballooning skills.

You will have the chance to witness two flights per day - the morning flights will take place after 6 am and the evening flights after 6 pm. The first competitive flight is scheduled for the morning of 28 August and you can catch the last one on the morning of 1 September.

Entry is free of charge, the viewing platform and visitors info pointwill be set up on the terrace of the airport restaurant.

Programme:

https://www.hotairballoons2020.com/en/Pre-world-2019/About-championship​

We will keep you updated with detailed locations of ascents, flight directions and descents. Follow us also at FB Hot Air Balloons2020.

Ballooning events are always an unforgettable visual feast and a wonderful opportunity to capture some amazing photos. We encourage you to share your snapshots with #hab2020 #preworld.

 

Wednesday, 28.8.2019
Morning flight:
- take off: chosen by a pilot
- task on the Rakičan airport (open until 9 a.m.)
- direction: Beltinci, Murska Sobota, Černelavci
- wind: NW
- flight: the start is scheduled from 06:10 - 07:00
 
Evening flight:
- common take off: Murska Sobota Airport
- task: Hare and Hounds (HNH)
- 1st goal: near Expano
- other goals: near Černelavci
- recommended viewing&photo point: Murska Sobota Airport
 
Thursday, 29.8.2019
​Morning flight:
​- ​take off: Murska Sobota Airport
- task: 3DT
- recommended viewing&photo point: Murska Sobota Airport
 
Evening flight:
- ​take off: Murska Sobota Airport
- task: 3DT
- goals: Veržej, Križevci pri Ljutomeru, Banovci, Bakovci, Dokležovje
- recommended viewing&photo point: road Bakovci - Ižakovci, Murska Sobota Airport
 
Petek, 30.8.2019
Morning flight:
​- take off: Murska Sobota Airport
- task: Maximum Distance Double Drop (XDD)
- goals: Rakičan, Murska Sobota Airport, Veržej, Dokležovje
- recommended viewing&photo point: Murska Sobota Airport
 
Evening flight:
- take-off: Murska Sobota Airport
- possible goals: Bakovci, Murski Črnci, Vučja vas
- recommended viewing point: Murska Sobota Airport
 
Saturday, 31.8.2019
Morning flight:

- Take-off site chosen by pilots
- Task 1: CALCULATED RATE OF APPROACH TASK (CRT)
- Task 2: WATERSHIP DOWN (WSD)
- Recommended viewing spot: Murska Sobota Airport
 
Evening flight:
- take-off: Murska Sobota Airport
- naloga: Race to an area
- recommended viewing point: Murska Sobota Airport, the balloons will probably fly over Murska Sobota
 
Sunday, 1.9.2019
- take-off: Pilots get to choose their own take-off site, start is between 06:15 and 07:00. The balloons are expected to reach Murska Sobota Airport after 06:30.
- task of the day: Minimum Distance Drop (MDD)
- Goal and viewing point: Murska Sobota Airport
 
Here are the totals after yesterday's flights:
SLOVENIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP:
1. Vito Rome (BD Uranos)
2. Jernej Bojanovič (BD Uranos)
3. Radoš Švagelj (BK Roto)