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  • BFA Website offline Thursday, Feb 22

    Feb 19 2024
    The bfa.net website has been a major asset to our members for the past 10 years. Centralizing management of subscriptions and automating formerly manual tasks has saved countless hours and significantly reduced offi...
  • Action Needed: Pilot Survey

    Feb 5 2024
    Good day to all pilots, We’re at a vital crossroads in our sport. In the wake of a few serious accidents over the past few years, ballooning is increasingly portrayed as reckless, dangerous, and out of control by...
  • Eloy, Arizona

    Jan 31 2024
    January 31, 2024   With the recent accident in Eloy, Arizona and the tragic loss of 4 lives and severe injuries to another passenger, it is becoming apparent that we, as pilots, are still making the same old ...
  • Drone Activity Update

    Sep 7 2023
    Many of you have a growing concern about the increase in drone activities in your area. The growth of the number of companies that have obtained an operations certificate, better known as an FAR 135 Certificate is s...
  • Election 2023 Candidates

    Jul 26 2023
    ELECTION 2023         Candidates have been selected by their respective nominating committees and we are please to announce the candidates for the 2023 election.  All seats are for ...
  • UAS Beyond Visual Line-Of-Sight Operations

    Jun 14 2023
       UAS Beyond Visual Line-Of-Sight Operations On the evening of June 13, 2023, the BFA made its final comments (see attached) in response to the recommendation made to FAA by the UAS community in their...
  • Action Needed - Drone Interaction Comment Period

    May 30 2023
    Most of you will remember that we brought to your attention a few months ago, an attempt by some commercial drone operations to change the right of way rules to allow drones operating BVLOS, or beyond visual line of...
  • Crossing the Line - Power line safety video

    May 24 2023
    MUST-SEE Safety! Ballooning’s biggest buzzkill – literally and figuratively - is a power line strike. The just-released 20-minute video “Crossing the Line” offers pilots and crew dozens of practical strateg...
  • 2nd Class Update

    Apr 26 2023
    The BFA has had some success with the Aeromedical Branch of the FAA lately. Approximately 3 weeks ago the BFA posted a request for anyone having applied for a medical and were waiting for the FAA to respond, to comm...
  • 2023 BFA OnLine Seminar

    Apr 15 2023
    The 2023 BFA OnLine Seminar is now available! REGISTER HERE All BFA members can watch any of the continuting education videos at no extra cost by logging in and then visiting the Seminar Video Library found under ...
  • 2nd Class Medical Delays - Action Needed!

    Mar 31 2023
      Dear BFA Members,   As the deadline draws near for the requirement for the second class medical, the BFA is hearing from many pilots that have applied and have some medical deficiency that required ...
  • Shoot Balloon Photos, Not Balloons!

    Feb 23 2023
    President Pat Cannon (515) 961-8809 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     PRESS RELEASE Shoot Balloon Photos, Not Balloons! The Balloon Fed...
  • Additional 2nd Class Medical Clarification

    Jan 23 2023
    Balloon Federation of America PO Box 400 Indianola, Iowa   January 23, 2023       The BFA has been continuing to work with FAA to provide better explanations for some of the information...
  • Preparing for a Second Class Medical

    Jan 17 2023
    As we march toward May and the reality that commercially rated LTA pilots will be required to possess a second-class medical certificate if they intend to use their certificate for commercial purposes, the time is s...
  • Update on FAA Medical Final Rule

    Dec 30 2022
    Letter from BFA President, Pat Cannon 12/30/2022   It has been over a month now since the final date was set for the requirement for a second class medical for pilots holding a commercial LTA certificate tha...
  • Bring A Buddy Program

    Dec 16 2022
       We have a win, win, win program to share with you, our members. When you log into the BFA website (www.bfa.net), you will see a new "Invite"  feature! This feature will provide you with a pathwa...
  • Aircraft Registration Timeframe Extention Proposed

    Nov 23 2022
    Aircraft Registration Timeframe Extention Proposed   A notice has just been sent from the FAA extending the duration of aircraft registration  to 7 years. This is in answer to the long lead times ...
  • Medical Requirement Starts 5/22/23

    Nov 23 2022
    Medicals Update The final rule on the medicals for commercial balloon pilots posted to the Federal Register today. The date you need to have your medical by is May 22, 2023. See this link for the full rule: ...
  • BFA Response - FAA 2nd Class Medical Ruling

    Nov 18 2022
    Letter from BFA President, Pat Cannon 11/17/2022   By now, you know through several sources that the FAA has released the final rule regarding the requirement for a second-class medical certificate for those...