Ballonville Pilote

In the G hangar “Balloon”, in the north of the aerodrome, “Ballonville Pilote” (pilots area) is the gateway to the launch field. Pilots and crews are welcomed in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Pilots reception, briefing, breakfast area, shops, makers stands, repair station, exhibitors, toilets, bar, restaurant, are available for a perfect stay.

Pilots reception

Every crew must come through the “Pilots reception” upon arriving at Chambley aerodrome to get pilot pack, to check your documents, to give suggestions, complaints and classified ads.

OPENING on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 9 am! Take the opportunity to avoid the crowd.

Hours on Thursday, July 20th and on Friday, July 21th
From 9 am to 7 pm

Hours from Saturday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 30th
From 5 am to 7 am / From 10 am to 12 pm / From 4 pm to 7 pm



Included in your registration: every morning from 5:15 am until 7 am, enjoy your breakfast with direct access to the briefing.


5:45 am and 6 pm. Please refer to the program for schedules of special briefings.

Launch area

The land is protected by an air show order and TRA. Only the Flight Director will give the permission to enter. For the duration of the event, the temporary frequency is: 130.20


Wearing a badge or wristband is required to access “Ballonville Pilote” and the launch area. There will be no replacement if lost.


Let’s enjoy a larger propane station, unique in Europe! The Gas Station is located near the Chapel in the south of the base. Access is strictly pedestrian and pilots conduct filling operations themselves, under the supervision of expert technicians.

With very few exceptions, refueling hours are as follows: from 08:30 am to 11:30 am, and from 08:30 pm to 11:30 pm. On July 21th : 1 pm – 4pm, plus the usual night schedule.

CAREFUL: if the flight director cancels a flight, it is forbidden to enter, take off, land, fly, and fly over the TRA. If a flight is cancelled, the gas station is closed.

It will also be asked that you bring with you and show the gas workers, the paper stating that you did not take paying passengers.

Only the vehicle with proper pass “R” will be admitted in the gas parking lot. Your crews have a PINK pass (without access to the launch field and the Gas Station). You must bring your GAS CARD. Without this card, the organizers will refuse to serve you.

The purge of the gas cylinders for balloons travelling by plane or boat will take place on July 31st, August 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Please inform us when you register or no later than July 24th, so that we get enough nitrogen.



13 in 1989, 14 in 1991, 16 in 1993, 18 in 1995, 11 in 1997, 18 in 1999, 14 in 2001, 15 in 2003, 13 in 2005, 14 in 2007, 12 in 2009, 15 in 2011, 10 in 2013, 8 en 2015: a total of 191 mass ascents! The summer 2017 promises to be exceptional! Be prepared!


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