New AX-04 Female Duration Record

After a change in weather, a change in plan ensued. Instead of an AX-03 distance attempt, Sandra went for an AX-04 duration attempt. If ratified by the FAI, this will be Sandra’s 3rd World Record.


Sandra flew her tiny AX-04 Hot Air Balloon for seven hours and 25 minutes yesterday, exceeding the previous female duration record set in 2007 by Minako Inoue (JPN).

Here are some of the news reports on the record:

Ottawa Citizen: This woman chilled out for more than seven hours in a hot air balloon today and broke a world record

Ottawa Citizen: Ottawa ‘extreme balloonist’ soars past world record (with video)

Ottawa Citizen: Record run ‘a struggle from the get-go’ for extreme balloonist Sandra Rolfe

CBC News Audio: Balloon Record Attempt

Topix: Ottawa ‘extreme balloonist’ completes world-record flight