Gas Division Board of Directors 2017-2018
The Gas Division Board of Directors is made up of 6 members and a liaison to the BFA Board. Each director serves a 3 year term. At the annual October Board Meeting, the new board members elect the officers of the organization.
2016 Gas Competition Rules
The Gas Division is pleased to release the 2016 Competition Rules.
There have been two rule changes: rules 2.1 and 3.4 were modified at a previous Board meeting to clarify pilot qualification requirements and to change the eligibility of foreign co-pilots in qualifer events. If you have any questions about the rules, please contact the gas division board members.
Adding Gas Rating
What's required to get a Gas Balloon Rating?
Federal Aviation Administration regulation 61.103 states to receive a private pilot license with a balloon rating you must:
A. Be at least 16 years old for a rating in a glider or balloon.
B. Be able to read, speak, write and understand English.
C. Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who:
Interested in Forming A Gas Balloon Club?
Aero Club of America - NC Chapter
Aero Club of America - NC Chapter is a gas club in North Carolina formed for the purpose of Gas Balloon Flight. The club provides shared expense, training, community of shared interests, and an opportunity to obtain your free balloon rating with no limitations. The guiding principle is "Safety", of course. All operational guidlines are provided to ensure safe flight and world class flying experiences.
Flying 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 earth becomes a map; cities appear as in Toyland, men as mere specs, and farm-lands as a checker board-each field a different color with just enough woodland to break up the monotony. Here and there a silvery thread winds its way tirelessly toward the sea. Now and then a thin, slowly moving stream of white-a second look we see the cause, an express train steaming rapidly along. Such beauty, such a free bird-like feeling, such calm and quiet!
What is it like to fly in a gas balloon? These articles will share some of the fun of gas ballooning.
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