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Tarter family honored

Tarter family honored

Past President Sam Parks presented the Gary Tarter family with the BFA's President's Award in appreciation of their benevolence to the BFA. Gary was a beloved member of the Balloon Federation of America,...

Bussey and Padelts win Shields-Trauger Awards

Bussey and Padelts win Shields-Trauger Awards

Two Shields-Trauger awards were announced at the BFA's Annual General Meeting. This special award (Balloon Federation of America highest) is for an active balloonist(s) with special contribution...

2015 Director's Awards

The 2015 Board of Directors awards were presented at the BFA's Annual General Meeting on October 3, 2015. Annually each member of the Board may choose to select an outstanding BFA member within their region...

Dominic Padilla Wins National Crew Award

Dominic Padilla of Albuquerque, New Mexico was awarded the BFA's National Crew Person Award for 2015 for his 16 years as an active crew member. Dominic was nominated by Wells Fargo Pilots Patrick...

Ed Yost Master Pilot Awards Presented

3 members were presented the Ed Yost Master Pilot Award at the BFA's Annual General Meeting for 40 years of safe LTA piloting experience. The winners (shown left to right) were Tom McConnell...

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Meet With Us at 2015 Fiesta

2015 Election Results

2015 Great Eastern Balloon Camp was Terrific!

2015 High Sierra Camp Success

2015 Election Candidates Announced

Take a 2015 Safety Seminar On-Line

Junior Balloonist Camps Reach Capacity

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HACD 2015 Annual Awards

HACD 2015 Annual Awards

HACD Liasion Ted Watts presented the annual awards for the Hot Air Competition Division at the BFA's Annual General Meeting held in Albuquerque on October 3, 2015.

Interested in Hosting the US Nationals?

Interested in Hosting the US Nationals?

The BFA HACD is looking for great sites for competitions.   

Back to Back, Johnny Petrehn Wins Title #3 in Longview!

Back to back Champion, Johnny "3-peat" Petrehn takes home another crown from the 4th and final year of the US Nationals in Longview, TX!

HACD Meeting and Open Forum at US Nationals

The HACD Board will hold a regular board meeting 7/22 in Longview and host an Open Forum on 7/23.

2015 US Nationals Rules and Map files

  Here you will find the approved 2015 Rules and Map files for the BFA US Nationals in Longview, Texas now available for download.

2015 US Nationals Pilot List 7/1

2015 Nationals Maps

2015 US Nationals Applications Received

US Nationals Invitation 2015

Simplified Competition Rules

2015 National Eligibility List Task Results

2015 US National Eligibility List

2014 NEL System Finalized

2015 Rules, Regulations, and Policies

HACD Board Elects Officers

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Gas Division

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2014 Gordon Bennett Race Results

2014 Gordon Bennett Race Results

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2014 Gordon Bennett Event Rules

2014 RULES & REGULATIONS 58ème COUPE AÉRONAUTIQUE GORDON BENNETT FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship     2014_Gordon_Bennett_Rules.pdf

US Teams Announced for the 58th Gordon Bennett Race

  The 2014 US Representatives for the 58th Gordon Bennett Race have been announced! You can learn more about the 2014 Gordon Bennett Race at:  http://www.gordonbennett2014.org/Home.html The...

Types of Gas Balloon Landings

The following is an excerpt from: Flying - The memoirs of Emilio Herrera. "During this period I made numerous balloon ascents (about seventy), some "Comfortable" (without overturning the basket", some...

Flying in a Gas Balloon

Perhaps the most thrilling of all aeronautic sports is free ballooning. The feeling one has, as the earth rapidly drops away from the ascending balloon, is one that cannot be described in words. The...

Gas Ballooning Links

Gas Rating Requirements

Important Dates in Gas Ballooning History

Who Invented the Gas Balloon?

Gas Division Board Members

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Professional Ride Operators Division

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New Division Name - P.R.O.

New Division Name - P.R.O.

Hello Balloon Ride Operators!  The Balloon Ride Operator’s Division of the BFA has officially changed to Professional Ride Operators, The board feels the name change will better suit and explain...

BROD Benefits

BROD Benefits

 Learn about the benefits of joining the ride operators.     Benefits of membership for balloon ride operators: Exclusivity – Represent yourself and your company as the...

Ride Operators Registration Open

The newly-formed BFA Balloon Ride Operators Division (BROD) is now registering members. Visit their website for more information at BFA Balloon Ride Operators Division

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The BFA is a 501c3 non-profit association dedicated to the advancement of the sport and science of lighter-than-air aviation, both hot air and gas balloons. Founded in 1961, membership in the BFA is open to anyone who shares a fascination with Lighter Than Air flight.

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