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GasDivLogoWelcome to the Gas Division

The gas division welcomes members of the BFA who are interested in gas ballooning. Join the division to today to access information about gas ballooning in the members only area. This area has announcements, a newsletter and technical archive for those interested in learning more about gas balloons used for Lighter Than Air Flights.

Any suggestions for this area should be sent to Brian Critelli: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


What is the Gas Division and why should I join?

The BFA Gas Division is a growing segment of the Balloon Federation of America. It is made up of pilots and crew members interested keeping the oldest part of our sport relevant and growing. Flying a gas balloon is complex, challenging, and extreme. It provides a significantly different perspective on lighter than air sports.

It forces pilots to deal with issues that are much easier to control or avoid when flying a hot air balloon. You will experience longer flights, must deal with weather, airspace and interact with air traffic control. Gas balloons fly differently and perform well in high winds and difficult weather. It provide pilots and crews a great learning opportunity typically not experienced when flying hot air balloons.

You can join the gas division for $10.00 per year as an associate member. Voting members must hold a free balloon rating and they are charged $25.00 per year.

The gas division produces its own newsletter for the membership as a part of your dues. We invite everyone who has an interest to join the group. 


GasDivLogoWhat is it like to fly in a gas balloon?  These articles will share some of the fun of gas ballooning.

jan 12 coverMembers of the Balloon Federation of America receive the bi-monthly publication BALLOONING: Journal of the Balloon Federation of America

BALLOONING is 56 pages of fun-filled news, interviews, features, personality profiles, how-tos, technical tips, new products, book reviews and much, much more. Delivered in eye-popping full color each issue will take you around the world to the most exciting ballooning events, big or small. If it's lighter-than-air, it's in BALLOONING!

BALLOONING gladly accepts contributions, both editorial and photographic, from freelancers. For more information on how to submit materials see "Hot to Get Published.

Advertisers will find current ad rates and specifications at "Advertise in BALLOONING."

For more information please contact BFA Publications Editor This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BFA Publications

Bluebird Hill Airport

2585 Barron Road

Keithville, LA 71047

318-925-4908

chris mattesProviding educational opportunities for our members is a key directive of the Balloon Federation of America. This section of the website includes on-line video seminars, articles about crew and ground safety, and information on pilot and crew achievement programs.

 

Many of the videos and sessions are only viewable by current members who have logged onto the site. Be sure to click on the LOG IN in the upper right if the education areas you are looking for do not show below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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 Staff Members

The staff of the Balloon Federation of America work hard to provide assistance to our members. Feel free to contact them for any of your BFA questions or concerns. 

 

The BFA office is located within the National Balloon Museum in Indianola, Iowa. Generally the office is open from 8:00am - 4:00pm central time Monday through Friday.


 

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The Balloon Federation of America produces a bi-monthly publication, 

BALLOONING: Journal of the Balloon Federation of America.

 

BALLOONING is 56 pages of fun-filled news, interviews, features, personality

profiles, how-tos, technical tips, new products, book reviews and much,

much more. Delivered in eye-popping full color, each issue will take you

around the world to the most exciting ballooning events, big or small.

If it's lighter-than-air, it's in BALLOONING!

 

All members can view the magazine online, or can add home delivery to their

membership to receive the printed version.

 

Click the photo on the right to view a sample magazine!!!

 

For more information please email BFA Publications Editor Glen Moyer or write:

BFA Publications 
Bluebird Hill Airport 
2585 Barron Road 
Keithville, LA 71047 
PH: 318-925-4908

 

 

 


 

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Junior Balloonist Program

 

The BFA Youth Program benefits the youth of ballooning and ensures the future of ballooning. The Junior Balloonist Program is open to kids aged 5-18. Through education, summer camps, training, and mentorship, we provide youth the ability to discover and grow in the sport of ballooning. Our volunteers mentor youth helping them achieve their goals.

The BFA Youth Program operates Youth Summer Camps for teens aged 13-18. The Summer Camps are the ultimate experience for teens who want to learn more about hot air ballooning. No need to worry if you don't have experience handling balloons. Balloon tethers are scheduled throughout the camp (weather permitting) under the leadership of certified pilots. As part of the event, visitations to balloon and aviation related sites are scheduled as well as plenty of hands-on activities. Past years, topic presentations and discussions have included: Crew Safety, Balloon Systems, Basic First Aid, Power Line Safety, Weather, Pilot Training, FAR/AIM, Mapping and GPS, and much more!

 
 
 
For more info contact:
Mike Shrum, Chair  
616-893-3457
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 Board of Directors

2015-2016

 

The Board of Directors is made up of members from 6 geographic regions, 3 at large representatives, and 1 representative selected by the National Aeronautic Association. Directors serve a 3 year term. At the October Board Meeting, the new board members elect the officers of the organization.


 

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   BFA Video Library

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Videos are now available for viewing by BFA members of the varying sessions from previous Seminar Webinars. Each video session is about an hour long.

  

If you are a BFA member and have logged into this website, click on the pictures in the following articles to view a video.