News archive 2007
We wish all our customers, friends, pilots and crews a nice and successful year 2008.
1000 hours. Great story of Primagaz balloon
It was a great success of Kubicek balloon and mostly of Kubicek polyester balloon fabric, when Primagaz balloon achieved 1001 flight hours in last days, after it has passed the annual inspection at 962 hours some time before.
Periodical meeting with our representatives from german-speaking countries was placed in Kubicek factory on Jarni street this time. On the "conference" Markus Haggeney, Peter and Irene Flaggl and Patrik Schmidle have met with Aleš Kubíček and have disscussed successes, troubles, expansion on the markets and future development of balloons with Kubicek mark.
Czech participation again on Georgian Nationals 2007
Ales Kubicek and his lady crew (Nada K. and Nada S.) spent a week in Georgia in October. Ales rec overed his competition skills after some years again when flying in vicinity of historical city of Mskcheta. There were 2 memorable flights for him on most interesting targets - Golden Fleese and a Barrel of Georgian wine. His precise GRAB of Golden fleece was couple of seconds after the time limit unfortunately, but winning of oak barrel with 100 l of wine in the next task focused admiration on him among respectable participants (Revaz Uturgauri, Stanislaw Fuodoroff, Alexander Nikolajev, Chris Davies and others). Looking forward to meet you in Georgia next year again!
Increased MTOW and new O types
We succeed to eliminate our disadvantage in lower maximum take of weight in compare with our competitors. See newest version of TCDS with new figures on page no. 6. For sure you will apreciate especially increasing at BB60N from 1650 to 1940 kg. Thanks again to Peter and Irene Flaggl for their supporting our team with special test flight managed for Czech CAA in Stubenberg with their BB60N Puntigamer.
Same issue of TCDS comes with 2 other news - new O types BB22 and BB26, which will be very popular for unrivalled price against standard high level of quality.
Mondial Air Balloons 2007
At the turn between July and August Kubíček team, with our dealer in France Francois Treuil, took part at the biggest event in Europe - Mondial Air Balloons 2007 in Lorraine county. Unbelievable 500 balloons were present, and they all together made 11 wonderful flights and 2 night glows. Our shiny white demonstrator BB34Z was not getting lost among many others... Congratulation also to the pilot, Petr Kubíček, who achieved great 4. place in the competition. We look forward to come again next time!
The oldest passenger in Czech Republic
Ladies team of Kubíček company had the honour to make a balloon flight in Zeliv with probably the oldest passenger in Czech Republic - granddad Vladimír Valter (with his son-in-law) got the balloon flight as a present for his 90. birthday!
New special shapes
Two new shapes had their airborn in front of our factory some time ago - cement storage bin and the forklift truck.
Type: BB-S SILO, s/n 511
Volume: 3 400 m3
Height: 38 m, diameter: 14 m
Weight: 211 kg
It's flown in Swizterland.
Type: BB-S FORKLIFT, s/n 452
Volume: 3 400 m3
Height: 23 m, width: 10,5 m, length: 28 m
Weight: 275 kg
It's flown in Germany.
Kubíček Balloons were partners of Europeans 2007 in Magdeburg
This year's Europeans was successfully organized by our representative in Germany, Markus Haggeney (Stratos Ballooning), and Kubíček Balloons took a place between event parners with pleasure.
More photos you can find in official picture gallery.
500th balloon produced by Kubíček
Kubicek Balloons achieved another great qain - 500 balloons produced in Kubicek factory. It's not 500 as 500; balloon s/n 500 you could find in our gallery already some time ago, but because balloons are not produced exactly according to serial numbers, really the 500th balloon leaving the factory is s/n 495.
We did a small party on this occassion and ate a big cake in a shape of anniversary balloon. :o)
IGNIS - excellent product of the year
New Ignis burner already got first big prize for its design. It took part in the competition 'Excellent Product of the Year', organized by Design Centrum of the Czech Republic. International jury has given it a title "The excellent design", with verdict:
"The design of the balloon burner IGNIS is characterised by a clear and homogenous composition of the body segmented by the colour and the finish of the individual functional elements. The ergonomics of controls and the regulation of fire form a strong organic element of this technological unit. It pleasantly contrasts with the traditional basket design."
Ales Kubicek and the designer Arch. Ladislav Krenek have taken the prize on official prize-giving in Prague on 12th April.
Welcome Georgia, welcome back Belgium and Hungary!
We are pleased to announce accreditation of 3 new dealers. Mr. Revaz Uturgauri from Georgia and Kris Houtmeyers, Belgium, both experienced pilots with running balloon business, and Mr. Zoltan Palhegy from Hungary, active official of balloon competitions (incl. Czech Nationals) and guru of good visited balloon server www.balloon.hu. They joined Kubicek dealer´s team in past weeks and will be pleased to serve you together with our sales department. Follow frequently our gallery - new balloons, you may be surprised with figures from these countries soon!
Big certification shot
Our certification, resp. technical dpt. made a really big derring-do, when they extended our type certificate within 5 new models together (BB22Z, BB26Z, BB37Z, BB45Z, BB51Z), and one of them is completely new size (BB51Z).
One smaller related change - rename of all N types. They have currently letter "N" in their official names. BB22 envelope is now BB22N, so that it can be differentiated from Z type easily. The same story is with models BB26N, BB30N, BB37N, BB45N and BB60N.
Last but not least - new burner Ignis has been certified successfully, and therefore its way to the market is finally open.
New special shape with new type certificate
After long paperwork we suceeded to certify completely new balloon type - BB-S. New type certificate has number EASA.BA.017 and is/will be common for all the special shaped balloon from Kubicek. First balloon with this type label is cube 'Hello Orange' with height of 17 m and volume 3.400 m3 for Swiss customer.
Production is rapidly growing already 8 years!
As expected, total production of Kubicek Balloons in 2006 was again higher than in previous years. This trend is continuing already 8th year and it doesn't seem to be discontinued in next period.
Last year's 77 balloons was 15% more than in 2005. One number for better understanding: one third of all balloons which we ever produced, was manufactured in last two years!
Ondrej Benes is back!
After some period he "relaxed" on maternity/paternity leave he will take care about your balloon service and spares again! Contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on +420 731 507 641 (mobile) or +420 545 422 630 (office) to consult annual revisions, supply of spare parts or when collecting newest jokes & anecdotes. Watch soon details on new page "service advices" under support button to recover news after getting MOA certification for periodical maintenance and C of A renewal.
Dubai balloon festival
Our team accepted with great pleasure invitation to the first big event in the Middle-east in history - Dubai balloon festival 2006.
Although it was in difficult timing - just over the Christmas, over 70 balloons from all over the world took part and mostly enjoyed it very much! We managed 11 nice flights incl. 2 night glows, some in the real desert, some very close to the famous Burj al Arab hotel.
It was great new experience, many thanks to Ahmed, Goulam and Amit and their festival team and also of course Pat, Mark and Tomas.
New colourshade 2007, updated price-list
From 1. 1. 2007 new wider colourshade and updated price-list of our products [PDF, 373 kB] are valid.
The colourshade now consist of 14 standard colours. New light green and ivory were added and part of colours were smoothly changed (yellow, orange, red, light blue, mid green).
There are almost no changes in old prices, more important are new items in price-list. The Z type envelope range now consist of 11 sizes in volumes from 77 upto 300. Prices of BB37 N and BB45 N were updated, but there are new cheaper Z types in same sizes. Other news are smaller inflator fan VH5 with 5,5 HP Honda engine, nicer price of Bonanno quick-release, in opposite are 10% increased prices of Schroeder tanks.