Balloon Federation of America

The Balloon Federation of America is dedicated to the advancement of the sport and science of lighter-than-air aviation, both hot air and gas balloons. Membership in the BFA is open to anyone who shares a fascination with Lighter-Than-Air flight.

The Balloon Federation of America is an open forum where all Balloonists may find support in achieving their dreams, excellence in their area of interest and assistance in reaching their goals. We envision all forms of Ballooning as a safe, family oriented sport where all members may come to enjoy the art of Aerostatica and the wonder of flight. We support those competitors that come to ballooning for the thrill of winning. We will serve as the Official Sanctioning body for America's Team to the World's Ballooning Competition. We support all members that come to ballooning seeking community with others of like interest. We will continually strive to provide an environment that espouses Safety, Skill, and Achievement. We will seek an organization that provides enjoyment of ballooning all the while valuing basic human values of ethics, honesty and respect for all.

Mission: The Balloon Federation of America is a membership organization dedicated to the art, sport and science of Ballooning, and to providing a unified voice for the purpose of representing U.S. balloonists and ballooning enthusiasts across the United States of America, its territories and possessions, before the international ballooning community. The Balloon Federation of America will provide a national forum for the exchange of ideas to advance the cause of Ballooning as a safe activity that enriches not only the lives of those that directly participate, but the general public as well. In seeking to meet these objectives, the Balloon Federation of America will maintain the highest standards of excellence by promoting understanding and cooperation between ballooning disciplines, by establishing safety and training programs of value to all members, and by encouraging sporting activities that meet American values for fair and just competition.

Say no to Distracted Flying. It can wait! We encourage everyone, especially pilots, to refrain from live streaming at events. See comments below from an article by Patty Cramer, long time balloon official and organizer.

Say no to Distracted Flying. It can wait! We encourage everyone, especially pilots, to refrain from live streaming at events. See comments below from an article by Patty Cramer, long time balloon official and organizer.

BFA elections are now open! Directions with your unique voting ID are in your email inbox.

US Ballooning Hall of Fame induction ceremony this afternoon at National Balloon Museum, Inc . The 2019 inductees are James "Jim" Birk, Nick Saum (received by family), and Eleanor Vadala.

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Angus & Rupert visit Egypt on their way to the BFA 2021 National Convention.

The newest edition of the Quick Release newsletter is now available. You can read it at: https://www.bfa.net/images/QuickRelease/2019_07_QuickRelease.pdf

Are you BFA? The BFA wants you! Now through December 31 for every new member a current BFA member signs up you will receive $10.00 in BFA Balloon Bucks. Rewards can be redeemed for cost reduction of: BFA Membership, BFA Convention Registration, and BFA Online Safety Seminar.
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Hall Of Fame | National Balloon Museum

Join us as we induct three more incredible balloonists into the U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame!
This year's inductees:
Eleanor Vadala
Jim Birk
Nick Saum Ph.D
The ceremony and a reception will be held from 1:00pm-3:00pm Central time on Sunday, July 28, 2019.
Location: National Balloon Museum, Inc
Free Admission – Public Welcome
You can learn more about all the inductees at https://www.nationalballoonmuseum.com/hall-of-fame/

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Rio Grande Balloon Camp

Thank you FAVIA 225!

FAVIA donated a BFA Lifetime Membership to be presented to one of the camp staff. The senior staff selected Breezy Cannaday to receive the membership. Breezy has been involved in the youth camps for 5 conservative years. One as a camper in Reno and 4 years as a team leader in Albuquerque. Congratulations Breezy a thank you for all your hard work and support.

The FAI is the governing body for all airports and records. Check out the story on the FAI website by BFA life member Kim about a record setting flight she did. Click here to read https://bit.ly/2Sq0obY

FAI has ratified three ballooning world records set by American pilot Kim Magee this winter 💪
Read the story of her achievement in her own words ▶️ https://bit.ly/2Sq0obY

Balloon Federation of America Youth Program

Check out our hot air balloon campers in Albuquerque - on a live stream this morning (NOW) with Steve Stucker from KOB tv. KOB.com

The next issue of BALLOONING: The Journal of the Balloon Federation of America is now available online for logged-on BFA members. For those who receive it by mail, expect delivery very soon.

Go to bfa.net, log on with your user id/email address and password, and on the HOME page click on View Latest Magazine.

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Watch Angus and Rupert as they visit a Pyramid in Egypt on their way to the BFA National Convention in Topeka Kansas April of 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY6qK4DwsPM

Angus & Rupert visit Egypt on their way to the BFA 2021 National Convention.

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Watch our kids having a blast at the BFA's Keystone State Balloon Camp this week!

UP UP AND AWAY! 🎈 Hot Air Balloon Camp For Teens Lands at Keystone College

The Keystone State Balloon Camp is in full swing! Looks like the kids are having a great time! Like their page below to follow all the fun at camp.

Lots of burner time this morning despite the fog. We tethered 4 balloons and Dawn's hopper. Rachel had her first ever inflation!

Happy 4th of July!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make High Sierra Camp happen! We still have a few openings for campers at our Keystone State Camp starting July 6th. Register now at bfa.net!

Meet our next generation of #hotairballoonpilots
We still have openings at our July 6th camp near Scranton, PA. What are you waiting for? www.bfa.net

Kids having fun at the High Sierra Balloon Camp near Reno, Nevada. Big thanks to all the volunteers that make this happen for our kids.

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Angus and Rupert visit China on their way to the BFA 2021 National Convention.

The June Quick Release is now Available! Follow the link below to read it all:
https://www.bfa.net/images/QuickRelease/2019_06_QuickRelease.pdf

Angus & Rupert in China!

Angus & Rupert are back! This time they find themselves in place with terracotta warriors, fireworks, and a Great Wall

Episode 2: Angus & Rupert at Comic-Con!

Follow Angus & Rupert on a journey to the 2021 BFA Convention in Topeka, Kansas. They find themselves in a place full of magic and costumes!

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Nevada Backroads, Hot Air Balloons

BFA Director Katie talks about why it's so import for us as balloonists to go to safety seminars and always practice safe flying. Video from KTVN Channel 2 News https://www.ktvn.com/clip/14807611/nevada-backroads-hot-air-balloons

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The Great Journey of Angus & Rupert

Angus & Rupert announce the BFA 2021 National Convention!

The May Quick Release is now available. You can find information on the event guidelines, upcoming events, Balloon Camp, the Instructor Symposium and more! A special welcome to all our newest members!
https://www.bfa.net/images/QuickRelease/2019_05_QuickRelease.pdf

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Angus & Rupert meet at Comicon and journey to the BFA 2021 National Convention.

From the folks who brought you FAVIA 225:

Another innovation in education:
The FAVIA 225 / Great Eastern Balloon Association - GEBA Instructor Symposium
Come meet six nationally recognized presenters in the first interactive, face-to-face seminar designed specifically to improve instructor skills and knowledge.

Be one of the first 50 balloonists to register and receive a free gift.

For more details please visit
www.favia225.com

The 2019 balloon camps are almost upon us! This year we have three camps, one in Albuquerque, NM, one in Reno, NV, and the third in Factoryville, PA. We still have space available at all 3 camps. Register here:
https://www.bfa.net/index.php?option=com_rsform&view=rsform&formId=49

The next issue of BALLOONING: The Journal of the Balloon Federation of America is now available online for logged-on BFA members. For those who receive it by mail, expect delivery very soon.

Still need a seminar?
The Balloon Federation of America's annual Online Seminar is available for viewing now!
Register Here Today: https://www.bfa.net/index.php?option=com_rsform&view=rsform&formId=50

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Angus & Rupert are on their way to the National Convention. But they have unexpectedly found themselves at Comicon.

Angus & Rupert meet at Comicon and journey to the BFA 2021 National Convention.

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Great Balloon Race: Local man pilots balloon years after watching race as child

Here's some fun ballooning news from Louisville featuring BFA member and past camper Max.

whas11.com A local man is at the controls 20 years after seeing his first Great Balloon Race as a toddler.

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The BFA Online Seminar is now available! Viewers will be able to watch pre-recorded video segments at their own pace. Register here: https://bit.ly/2DekrUm

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The April Quick Release is now available online! Look for info on the upcoming election, a letter from the President, and more! https://bfa.net/images/QuickRelease/2019_04_QuickRelease.pdf

BFA member, Al Lowenstein was presented with the FAA Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" Award for 50 years of flying. Photo courtesy of Debbie Young.

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Great Journey of Angus & Rupert to the BFA 2021 National Convention.

At the 2019 NYSBA Safety Seminar this weekend past BFA President Mick Murphy presented David Tanzer with the BFA Ed Yost Award for 40 years of safe flying. And welcome Michael who won a year free BFA membership!

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The BFA Online Seminar is now available for registration! Viewers will be able to watch pre-recorded video segments at their own pace starting April 27th. Register here: https://bit.ly/2DekrUm

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Education Seminars - Balloon Federation of America

Last chance to attend an in person continuing education seminar! Southern California Balloon Association and Pacific Coast Aeronauts will be holding seminars this Saturday starting at 8 am in California. Contact information listed below:
https://bfa.net/events5/continuing-education-seminars

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TAX TIME!
Need a tax deduction?

Consider a donation to the Balloon Federation of America
Make a Gift Today to Invest in Ballooning’s Future
Now may be a good time to donate to the BFA. The BFA is a 501c3 non-profit association
dedicated to the advancement of the sport and science of lighter-than-air aviation. There are
many ways to make a gift to the Balloon Federation of America that best fits your individual
circumstances. From a one time donation to planned giving, all give you the satisfaction of
investing in the Balloon Federation of America’s future.
For more information go to: www.bfa.net and click on the Donate button.

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Spirit of Annie Award - Balloon Federation of America

Don't forget to submit your nominees before Sunday!!
The “Spirit of Annie” award, established by the Northeast Ohio Balloon Pilots Association in memory of a very special observer, Annie Pryne, will be awarded whenever an observer, organizer, official or event volunteer most typifies the dedication, hard work and love of ballooning and ballooning people that set Annie apart.
Nominations for the “Spirit of Annie Award” for the 2019 are accepted now until March 31, 2019.

Nominations should be submitted to Paul Suttle, Northeast Ohio Balloon Pilots Association Awards Committee, at [email protected]

For more information visit https://www.bfa.net/index.php/spirit-of-annie-award

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The BFA has learned that pioneering aeronaut Julian Nott died Tuesday, March 26, of injuries sustained from an unforseeable accident following the successful test flight of an extraordinary new type balloon he had designed to test high altitude technology. The accident occurred Sunday in southern California.

According to his website, Nott was working on a new "AN" type balloon using cyrogenic helium.

Nott reportedly held 79 World Records and 96 British aviation records. He famously proved years ago that the mysterious ancient Nazca lines in Peru could have been created with aerial direction from a rudimentary hot air balloon. (Ballooning, March/April 2003)

The BFA expresses its deepest sympathies to his family and friends. According to his website interment will be in the Nott Family Plot in England. In lieu of flowers, Julian’s wishes were for donations to his favorite charity, SEE International, www.seeintl.org.

Much more on Julian's extraordinary career coming in the May issue of Ballooning.

(Photo from www.nott.com by Vita-BellaPhotography.com)

[03/26/19]   Today in ballooning history: The BFA was founded in 1961. We celebrate 58 years of serving the LTA community!

Kim Wooge Magee, BFA life member from Iowa, has submitted flight documentation for potentially 6 World Records and 9 National Records for review. One flight was completed January 19, 2019 from West Fargo, ND in an AX-02 (14k cu ft) hopper system, reaching an altitude of more than 10,000 ft and traveling over 60 miles.

A second flight was completed on March 17, 2019 originating from Mitchell, SD and landing south of Troy, IA covering approximately 365 miles in just under 6 hours in an AX-05 (42k cu ft) system.

Look for more details in the next Quick Release. Congratulations Kim!

BFA Hot Air Competition Division

Application deadline for the US National Championship in Scottsbluff, NE is fast approaching. Applications along with pilot bio, photos and entry fee are due in the BFA office by April 1, 2019. Even if you are not highly ranked in the NEL you are encourage to apply. Women and Juniors are also encouraged to apply as this Championship is one method to qualify for International competition as a US representative.

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Education Seminars - Balloon Federation of America

We have two more continuing education seminars this Saturday! Ballownowledge 2019 Safety Seminar in Ohio and Midwest Balloon Continuing Education Seminar in Wisconsin will be held on March 23. Don't miss out! Follow the link below for more info.
https://bfa.net/events5/continuing-education-seminars

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