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Apr 02 2021
US Women’s National Championship Invitation


2021 US Women’s National Championship Invitation


It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2021 US Women’s National Hot Air Balloon Championship in Brookfield, Misso [ ... ]

Mar 29 2021

The 2021 Rules, Regulations, Policies and Procedures are now available for downloading. You can find the download at the links below.


2021 Rules

2021 Policies, Procedures and Regulati [ ... ]

Nov 06 2020
Balloon LIVE sensors

Balloon LIVE sensors are now available for pre-order. 


Pilots will be required to provide their own Balloon Live Sensor at the 2021 US Team Nationals and the 2021 US National Champions [ ... ]

Jul 09 2020
US Nationals/Women's Nationals Postponed

PRESS RELEASE - July 9, 2020


The organizers of Old West Balloon Fest, the Great Pershing Balloon Derby, Balloon Federation of America, and the Hot Air Competition Division have worked closely [ ... ]

May 10 2020
2020 HACD Special Election

HACD Members,


The HACD board would like to encourage you to vote as a part of a special election dealing with bylaw changes for the HACD. The possible bylaw changes deal with two issues. [ ... ]

Apr 07 2020
2020 Simplified Rules Posted

The BFA's Hot Air Competition Division (HACD) has released the 2020 version of the Simplified Rules.


These competition rules are used by events desiring to submit scores to be included  [ ... ]

Jan 28 2020

“The Spirit of Annie Award”

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 whenev [ ... ]

Jan 27 2020
BFA Junior Nationals - Young Guns 2020

LONGVIEW, TEXAS – A first-time event attached to one of the premiere balloon competitions is growing to more than twice its size this year and is looking for young and new-to-the-sport balloon pilot [ ... ]

Oct 17 2019

Agenda for HACD October Teleconference

Aug 12 2019
Follow the US Nationals

The US National Championship has started in Scotts Bluff County, NE.  The event includes two days of practice flights and six days of competition with nine potential flight opportunities.&nb [ ... ]

Jun 06 2019

Here is the Women’s Nationals pilot list and banner numbers for 2019.


101 Cheri White              Austin, TX 102 Kelli Keller        [ ... ]

May 21 2019
2019 Simplified Rules Posted

The BFA's Hot Air Competition Division (HACD) has released the 2019 version buycialisonlineworldwidestore.com of the Simplified Rules.


These competition rules are used by events desiring to  [ ... ]

More HACD news



Apr 28 2021
2021 BFA On-Line Seminar Opens

We are happy to announce that the 2021 BFA On-Line Seminar Webinar videos are now available. Log onto www.bfa.net and go to EDUCATION, then VIDEO SEMINAR LIBRARY to view the n [ ... ]

Mar 31 2021
Seminar Registration

The Balloon Federation of America produces a Video-based safety seminar every year. The seminar is available all year long, so that members can keep their skills sharp, and receive insurance credit fo [ ... ]

Mar 01 2021
2021 Camp Registration is Open

2021 Camp Registration is Open! Click CAMPS for more!


BFA Junior Balloonist Summer Camp Program is proud to announce our three camps for the summer of 2021

High Sierra Balloon Camp, in Ren [ ... ]

Dec 11 2020
Pat Cannon chosen for BFA Board

I would like to begin by announcing that Pat Cannon has been selected by the BFA Board of Directors to fill the remaining 2 1/2 years of Ted Watts term after his passing due to Covid-19.&nbs [ ... ]

Dec 09 2020
Convention/Symposium Postponed to 2022

Facing the likelihood of continued Covid-19 public gathering and travel restrictions extending into the Spring of 2021, the BFA Board of Directors has taken the difficult decision to postpone the upco [ ... ]

Nov 02 2020
Passing of Director Ted Watts

We don’t know how many of our members or their family members have been stricken by the COVID 19 virus, but yesterday, it’s seriousness brought tragedy as Ted Watts lost his battle with the diseas [ ... ]

Oct 06 2020
BFA Annual General Meeting Video

The 2020 Balloon Federation of America's Annual General Meeting was held online due to COVID-19  concerns. The meeting was recorded and the video of the event is available to the public to view [ ... ]

Sep 07 2020
BFA Covid-19 Update

The Balloon Federation of America's Board of Directors have agreed to extend the deadline for submissions for the Shields-Trauger Award, the National Crew Person Award and the Bill Murtorff Spiri [ ... ]

Aug 31 2020
2020 Election Results

The 2020 Election results are in. The following are new members to their respective boards:


BFA Board:

At Large Director - Ted Watts

Western Region Director - Kent Barnes

Northeast Region  [ ... ]

Jul 29 2020
BFA Balloon Event Symposium 2022

BFA Balloon Event Symposium


Postponed to 2022

Registration will start August 1, 2021


New Dates: April 6-7, 2022

Event Officials will receive specific training with a free excha [ ... ]

Jul 28 2020
BFA Covid-19 Update

BFA National Convention



Registration will start October 1, 2021


April 7-9, 2022




Event Symposium

April 6-7, 2022


Hotel Topeka at City Center

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Jul 26 2020
Election 2020 Candidates






Candidates have been selected by their respective nominating committees and we are please to announce the candidates for the 2020 election.  All [ ... ]

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bfareflectionWe are proud to share our Mission, Vision and Values with our membership

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.



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.


  • Safety is most important.
  • We value human dignity.
  • We support all common social values, respecting individuals and differing opinions.
  • We seek all contributions to the sport of ballooning for the common good.
  • We value education for all that seek knowledge in ballooning.
  • We insist on fairness in all competitive events.
  • We will recognize significant contributions to the sport and important achievements through individual endeavors.
  • The affairs of the BFA will be administered in a Democratic Forum with fairness, trust and integrity among the participants.

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