Hot Air Balloons above beautiful Ptuj

V soboto 5. 6. 2021 smo se balonarji odločili za spontano druženje nad prečudovitim Ptujem. Lepo vreme je poskrbelo za odlično izveden polet in pisano druščino toplozračnih balonov, ki so polepšali dan marsikateremu gledalcu.

Registered Pilots – Slovenian Open Nationals 2020

Registered Pilots Slovenian Open National Hot Air Balloon Championship Murska Sobota 2020

Dear pilots, we kindly ask you to check if you are on the list of registered pilots for the Slovenian Open Hot Air Balloon Championship Murska Sobota 2020. If you are not on the list, please let us know via email:

Marián Hraňo
Aleš Švagelj
Marija Petrić Mikloušić
Igor Mikloušić
Igor Divjak
Jernej Bojanovič
Dejan Buzeti
Helmut Pöttler
Daniel Kusternigg
Peter Molnar
Branko Ambrožič
Werner Schrank
Vytautas Junevičius
Christoph Fraisl
Vito Rome
Thomas Kindermann-Schön

Registered for FIESTA 2020

Štefan Bertalanič
Igor Centrih
Andrej Senekovič
Radoš Švagelj
Hans Pravda
Tamara Divjak

First official flight of Slovenian special shape hot air balloon “ROTO wastewater treatment plant”

Krst ROTO balona čistilna naprava

At the airport in Murska Sobota, Slovenian balloonists performed the “first ceremonial flight” of a new Slovenian special shape hot air balloon “ROTO wastewater treatment plant”.

Although the new ROTO special shape hot air balloon was already shown to the public for the first time in Kranjska Gora, it was necessary to prepare an official first ceremonial flight for it and wish it many safe flights and soft landings.

The special shape hot air balloon “ROTO wastewater treatment plant” was created for the purpose of promoting products from the WATER program of the renowned Slovenian company ROTO. Before the balloon rose above the Murska Sobota plain, it was christened with sparkling wine and addressed by the director of ROTO company mr. Štefan Pavlinjek, who wished the balloonists many safe flights. After ceremony new hot air balloon ROTO wastewater treatment plant rose into the air in the company of numerous balloons from all over the Slovenia and colored the sky over Murska Sobota.

Authors of photographs: Nina Lepoša, Simon Ravnič in Matjaž Pavlinjek

HAB2020 postponed to 2022

HABC2020 postponed

Dear all!

We would like to inform you that organization team of 24th World Hot air balloon Championship in Slovenia has decided to postpone competition from 2020 to the year 2022.

The reason for decision, is unpredictable epidemic situation, duration of the restrictions, as well taking into consideration the risk of teams, organizers and audience’s health.

Please understand that it was a hard decision, but it was coordinated between everybody involved, including the FAI/CIA, LZS and the mayor of Murska Sobota municipality.

The final dates for the 2022 World Championship have not yet been decided, but will be known by the end of the year. We will inform you about the new dates and details.

The registration fee will be refunded to all of you, who have already paid it. For refund request please fill out this form:

In the sporting spirit of the competition, please continue to follow us. Everybody registered will be invited to the Slovenian Hot Air Balloon Open Nationals. Further information will be known soon.

Thank you for your understanding
ORG Team

Extension of 2nd round deadline

HAB2020 extension of 2nd round

Dear Pilots!

Due to the actual pandemic situation, it is difficult to foresee the duration of the actual restrictions.

Because of that we decided to postpone the 2nd round deadline to June 25th, instead of June 1st 2020.

Final decision GO / No-Go about the event will be published on 18th of June.

After two month of lockdown Slovenia already eases coronavirus restrictions. Now we entered “phase 2” of its lockdown, as companies reopen with social distancing measures in place.

Slovenians must wear face masks on public transportation and in public spaces. Pubs and restaurant are open and can accept the guest in open and closed space now.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,
ORG Team

New Slovenian special shape hot air balloon “ROTO wastewater treatment plant”

ROTO balon čistilna naprava
Slovenian balloonists proudly welcomes a new member in their hot air balloon fleet. ROTO a worldwide rotomoulding company from Pomurje region, invested into a new special shape hot air balloon – ROTO wastewater treatment plant.

The special shape hot air balloon was presented to public in Kranjska Gora at the Golden Fox slalom event by the organizers of 24th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship.

The balloon was made by the Czech company Kubicek Balloons, which is one of the leading manufacturer of hot air balloons in the world.

24th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship Murska Sobota 2020, which will take place from 19 to 26 September 2020 in Murska Sobota will host the best hot air balloon pilots from all over the world. The organizer expects 145 hot air balloons, and more than 800 visitors to experience this amazing event at Pomurje Region.

Nominations for HAB2020 are closed

HAB2020 nominations closed

Pilots from 39 Countries will participate at 24th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship Murska Sobota 2020

On 31. 1. we have reached the deadline for NACs acceptance. So far 39 contries have confirmed their participation and have nominated their entrants. On 15. 2. the first round of invitations will be sent out to the nominated pilots.

After the closing date for Round 1, additional invitations will be sent out to the pilots whose NACs responded until 31. 1. and the pilots from their country have already taken two invitations. The FAI Ranking Method will be used to determine invitations for the second round up to the maximum 100 allowed for the event. 5 medal holders will be invited directly by the organiser.

In September 2020, Murska Sobota will host pilots from:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brasil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • New Zeland
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Russian Federation
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America

Dear pilots. Registration invitations will be sent to your e-mail adress with which you have been nominated by your organization. Please expect an invitation untill February 15, 2020. After that date, you will be able to log in to our system and submit the necessary documentation to enter the 24th FAI Hot Air Balloon Championship Murska Sobota 2020.