Early Birds 2.0Global Event, Worldwide

And the winner is...11 September 2020 - 13:01
This first Early Birds 2.0 is over.
Congrats to the winner Steven Vlegels!

It was an interesting and exciting battle with Roman and David until the very.

You can check the complete final results on http://www.ballooncompetitionresults.com/2020/2020EB2/EB2.PDF

Also a very big 'thank you' to scorers Erwin Pellegrom and Marnix Dobbelaere for their great job.

Hope to see you all soon!

Kind regards and blue skies,

Jonas Maes

Tasksheet Slot #727 August 2020 - 20:51

The tasksheet of slot 7 is published!


As this is the final slot, we will know the winner on 10/09/2020.

More details about any prizegiving will announced soon.


We hope you have enjoyed the competition flights set during this Early Birds 2.0 competition.

We all know competition flights with targets and baggies are a lot more fun, but considering the circumstances related to Covid-19, we have tried to simulate you a real competition during your free time.


Keep well and stay healthy!

Hope to see you all soon in a real briefing-room!


Blue skies,


Jonas, Erwin & Marnix

Early Birds 2.0 Officials Team

Tasksheet Slot #613 August 2020 - 22:10
Dear competitors,

The tasksheet of slot #6 is published.

Good luck to you all and have fun!
New version / update Balloon Life App11 August 2020 - 16:33
Dear competitors,

There is a new version available of the Balloon Life App.

This version includes;
- 5/4 and 4/5 declaration mode support.
- Fixes and stability improvements.
- Flight synchronization update.
- Improvement concerning 'crash' when there is a gps-connection with external device.
- Update to support newer versions of iOS and Android.

The app wil start to update automatically, or you will receive an notification.

Please, make sure you test the app prior to the flight to make sure everything function properly.


Tasksheet Slot #530 July 2020 - 21:31
Dear competitors,

The tasksheet of slot 5 is published!

As you wil notice, we have set an expirimental RTA task called 'Estimated Time Of Duration'.

Make sure you read the taskdata very well before your flight to avoid mistakes!

Good luck, and enjoy your competition flight!

Balloon Life App 'Synchronisation problem' - What to do?29 July 2020 - 20:54
Dear all,

We have noticed some pilots has a synchronisation problem with the Balloon Life App.
This can be solved by deleting all storage and cache.

--> Go to Phone-Settings, Programs and delete Balloon Live both storages, program and cache.

Please, see also the several topics in our Facebook-group of the Early Birds 2.0 concerning this topic.

Important to know is to switch-On the Balloon Life App before your take-off!
When a synchronization problem occurs, you still have time to fix it before your flight.
Flying with a synchronization-problem on the Balloon Life App means your track, declarations and drops will not be saved, so we can do no give you a score.

Tasksheet Slot #416 July 2020 - 20:50
Dear competitors,

Attached you can find the tasksheet according to slot #4.

As you will notice, common tasks are set slightly different comparing to a 'normal' competition.

Please, read the taskdata very carefully when planning your flight.

Good luck to you all, and have fun!
Tasksheet Slot #32 July 2020 - 22:27
Dear competitors,

Attached you will find the tasksheet of slot #3.

Have fun! Safe flight!
We are never to old to learn19 June 2020 - 17:27
The last 2 weeks have been a learning experience for the most of us. Have a read in the attached file for some learning tips.
Tasksheet slot 218 June 2020 - 22:26
Dear Competitors,

Attached you can find Tasksheet 2 of the Early Birds 2.0 Balloon Competition.

As you will notice, something completely different as set in TDS 1.

Good luck to you all! 

Enjoy and have a safe flight.


Jonas Maes
UPDATE Flight-Slots - IMPORTANT MESSAGE18 June 2020 - 22:05
Dear Competitors,

Due to some software issues concerning scoring and logging your flights, we need to shorten the flight-slots with one day.

Attached you can find the new timetable of slots 2 until 7.
Please send us the Flight Report Form shortly afther your competition flight13 June 2020 - 10:50
Altough this is a fun competition we do have some request to the pilots, one off them is copied as the title of this post. We just added the word "Please".

In a regular competition the first thing the pilot does after packing up the balloon is go back to the Competition Centre for debriefing.
We've made life easier for the pilots, they don't have to come to the Competition Centre in Sint Niklaas, Belgium.
All they have to do is mail the FRF (that's on the ENB here at WatchMeFly) to erwin@dbcc.nl 
A filled in FRF helps the scoring process

Thanks in advance 
Tokens have been mailed5 June 2020 - 16:20
The tokens you need to start a flight in the Balloon Live app have been mailed.

Please send an email to erwin@dbcc.nl if you didn't recieve a token and we'll have a look at what went wrong.

For example: if you're not registered on WatchMeFly.net then you will not have received an email wih the token
Tasksheet Slot #14 June 2020 - 23:24
Dear Friends,

Hereby we publish the very first tasksheet of the Early Birds 2.0 Worldwide Balloon Competition.

We have choosen a 'basic straight-forward' 4 task TDS.

Good luck to you all, and enjoy the comp flight!


Jonas Maes
General Briefing Notes - Early Birds 2.04 June 2020 - 23:08
Dear competitors,
We have published some important information concerning this 'new-style-competition'.
Pleas read this document carefully.

Reminder if you want to compete, and receive a result;
- Send an e-mail to jonas_maes@yahoo.com
- Create an account on watchmefly.net
- Download the Balloon Life App
- You all will receive a token. Use this token in the Balloon Life App before your take-off.
- Your launchpoint = marker #1. 
- Send us the Flight Report Form shortly afther your competition flight.

Kind regards,

Jonas Maes

Early Birds 2.0 - introduction1 June 2020 - 12:53
The introduction of this event is now also available in English
Example TDS1 June 2020 - 12:44
This is an example of a TaskDataSheet, It was used for testing this event.
Flight Report Form31 May 2020 - 22:38
Publication dates Tasksheets and Overview Flight-slots31 May 2020 - 22:03
Early Birds 2.0 - Introductie31 May 2020 - 21:41
AXMER 2020 - Hot Air Balloon Competition Rules31 May 2020 - 20:25