FAVIA 225 confirms Per Alex Lindstrand as a guest speaker

Swedish-born, Per Lindstrand is a remarkable aeronautical engineer, pilot, and adventurer who has earned worldwide recognition for his achievements in breaking through the boundaries of lighter-than-air technology. He has held every absolute world record for hot air balloon flights in terms of distance, duration, and altitude; and is particularly known for his series of record-breaking trans-oceanic hot air balloon flights and attempts to be the first to fly a Rozière balloon around the Earth with Sir Richard Branson and Steve Fossett.

Per has received numerous awards for his achievement and outstanding contribution to the aeronautical industry including the Royal Aeronautical Club’s Gold Medal presented by Prince Andrew in both 1989 and 1991. In 1988, Per received the Royal Aeronautical Club’s Britannica Trophy presented by Lord Brabazon, as well as America’s most prestigious flying award, the Harmon Trophy, presented at the White House by Vice-President Quayle. Per has also been recognized in the Guinness Hall of Fame. Per not only flies balloons, but all other aircraft as well. He holds an airline transport pilot license for airplanes and helicopters and a commercial license for auto-gyros, airships, and gliders.

Founder of Lindstrand Technologies Ltd, Per’s numerous world record attempts have been crucial to the continuous innovation of his company. He holds a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from Wolverhampton, UK and a MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Gothenburg, Sweden. Since 1990, he has designed and built: a 2,600,600 ft³ hot air balloon which successfully crossed the pacific; a 1,100,00 ft³ Roziere balloon for the Virgin Global Challenger attempt to circumnavigate the World; and a 200,000 ft³ helium 30 passenger tethered aerostat.

Aeronautical Merits and Awards

  • World Recorder Holder for all Hot Air Balloons:
  • The Distance – 6,761 miles
  • The Duration – 46 hours and 15 minutes
  • The Altitude – 64,900 feet
  • Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators
  • Board Member of GAPAN’s Training and Education Committee
  • 1987      Royal Aero Club – Britannia Trophy
  • Royal Aeronautical Society – Harmon Trophy
  • 1988      Royal Aero Club – Gold Medal
  • Royal Aeronautical Society – Harmon Trophy