competition photoPilots are invited to participate in the 2019 US National Hot Air Balloon Championship in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The Balloon Federation of America has licensed the Old West Balloon Fest as the organizer for the 2019- 2021 championships. A prize fund of $20,000 is guaranteed along with a $200 travel stipend to be paid in cash or gift/gas cards. The competitive event officially starts with on-site pilot registration and the mandatory General Briefing on Sunday, August 11, 2019. The organizer and HACD are offering support for two formal training flights to introduce the use of the FAI logger that will be used in this year’s competition - Saturday and Sunday, August 10-11. The last competitive flight is scheduled for Saturday morning followed by a mandatory evening glow that will be the final flight operation of the Championship. The closing ceremony, awards and brunch is scheduled for Sunday morning August 18,2019 allowing all participants to hit the road early for the return home.

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