Balloon Safety Seminars

As with any other aviation activity, it is important that balloon pilots and crew continue their education to stay abreast of changes in regulations and learn from experts in the sport.

The FAA has long recognized the importance of recurrent education. Aviators who continually work to improve their skills and knowledge are safer. The new FAA WINGS program is available here, but the specialized nature of ballooning allows the industry to develop educational seminars that focus entirely on the unique aspects of ballooning.

One of the best ways to stay sharp and increase your ballooning knowledge is to attend a safety seminar. These meetings usually run one or two days and give participants the opportunity to interact with other balloonists as well as attend the educational presentations.

Safety seminars are a great way to get involved in the sport, too. Because the topics are of interest to active pilots, students and crew, these meetings will go a long way to help a newcomer learn about ballooning. You'll also meet many pilots and crew in your local area which is the best way to start ballooning.

Most safety seminars in the USA follow guidelines published by the Balloon Federation of America so the event can be "BFA Approved". Attendance at a "BFA Approved" safety seminar can lower insurance rates and insures the material covered is of value to balloonists who desire to build their knowledge.

FAA Sponsored Safety Seminar to be Broadcast Live via Internet

The Safety Seminar held at the FAA Production Studios in Lakeland, Florida (February 9, 2008) will also be broadcast live over the internet.

This will allow anyone to attend a BFA approved Safety Seminar from the comfort of their home or office, and BFA members can qualify for insurance credit. In order to qualify they will have to be a BFA member, answer questions that will be given by the presenters during the day, returning the answered questions and evaluation form at the end of the seminar. These will be available in the members only section of the BFA website.

More details about this seminar are available under "Internet" at right.

Balloon Clubs

If you want to get involved in ballooning but there isn't a live safety seminar near you, we suggest you contact a local balloon club. Check out our list of balloon clubs to find one near you.

2008 Safety Seminars

Internet

Worldwide:

Internet Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   February 9, 2008
0700 EST
Location: Live streaming via your computer!

This broadcast can be seen over the internet by clicking the View Live Seminars icon in the upper right corner of the main menu at www.faasafety.gov or a similar link at www.faaproductionstudios.com.

Seminar details:
Join Host Don Edwards, Balloon Federation of America Southeast Director, and a team of Ballon Experts as they review this exciting sport from the perspective of "Safe Flight". There will be training on Balloon Inflation and Stand up outside of the facility at beginning at 0700 EST.
Doors to the facility will open at 0800 EST.

For more information, contact:
Don Edwards
Seminar Website
566 Buckminster Circle
Orlando, Florida 32803
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 407-353-3337

 
Alabama

Decatur:

Annual Cheap Seats Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   February 23, 2008
Seminar details:
1 day core subjects seminar
$30 per person includes lunch.
For more information, contact:
Heart of Dixie Balloon Club
www.heartofdixieballoonclub.com
Mike Wahl
P.O. Box 2524
Decatur AL 35602
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 256-350-6983

 
California

Riverside:

SCBA Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   April 19, 2008
Location: Flabob Airport
Seminar details:
BFA approved seminar
For more information, contact:
Southren California Balloon Assoc.
Wendy Walsh
Email: [email protected]

 
Connecticut

Windsor Locks:

2008 BFA Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   March 15, 2008
Location: New England Air Museum
Bradley International Airport
35 Perimeter Rd
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Seminar details:
Please see club website for details.
For more information, contact:
Connecticut Lighter Than Air Society
www.lighterthanair.org
Penny Christy
PO Box 53
Southbury, CT 06488-0053
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860-638-3803

 
Idaho

Boise:

2008 BOI Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   February 16-17, 2008
Location: Nampa Airport
Seminar details:
BFA multi subject core safety seminar.
A two day Seminar with catered lunch if registration is in by 12 Feb 2008.
For more information, contact:
Balloons Over Idaho
www.HotairBOI.org
Doug Meyer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 208-587-6582

Mailing Address:
c/o Howard Reid
11553 W. Tempe Lane
Star, Idaho 83669


 
Iowa

Des Moines:

IBA Continuing Education Seminar

Seminar Date:   March 8, 2008
Location: DMACC Conference Center
Newton, Iowa
Seminar details:
This is a one day BFA approved seminar with back to basic topics.

On March 9, there will be a half day seminar that is solely focused on competition.

For more information, contact:
Iowa Balloonist Association
www.flyiba.com/
Louise Clemons
1219 Wade St.
Des Moines, IA 50315
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 515-462-2771

 
Florida

Lakeland:

Florida Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   February 9, 2008
Location: FAA Production Studios at the FAA NRC
Lakeland Airport
4425 Sun 'n Fun Drive
Lakeland, FL 33811
Seminar details:
Join Host Don Edwards, Balloon Federation of America Southeast Director, and a team of Ballon Experts as they review this exciting sport from the prespective of "Safe Flight". There will be training on Balloon Inflation and Stand up outside of the facility at begining at 0700.
Doors to the facility will open at 0800.
For more information, contact:
Don Edwards
Seminar Website
566 Buckminster Circle
Orlando, Florida 32803
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 407-353-3337

 
Michigan

Ann Arbor:

2008 SEMBA Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   March 15, 2008
Seminar details:
BFA Core Subject
For more information, contact:
Southeastern Michigan Balloon Association
Christian Amundin
PO Box 431503
Pontiac, MI 48343-1503
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 248-866-4417

 
Missouri

St. Louis:

Gateway Aerostat Association Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   February 23, 2008
Location: Best Western Hotel
Maryland Heights, MO
Seminar details:
BFA approved core program.
For more information, contact:
Gateway Aerostat Association
www.gaaballoons.com
Mike Bien
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 314-724-0232

 
New Mexico

Albuquerque:

14th Annual Back To Basics

Seminar Date:   March 29, 2008
Location: Bradens Balloons
3321 Princeton NE
Seminar details:
The cost is only $40.00 per person and lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided.

Topics and instructors are:
Weather with Clarke O’Byrne
Tethering with Johnny Lewis
Accidents with Morgan Braden
FAR’S with Al Lowenstein
Insurance with John Griffin
Pilot Decision Making with Kevin Cloney
Basic First Aid with Mike Carpenter

For more information, contact:
Bradens Balloons
Morgan Braden
3321 Princeton Ne
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 505-261-8249

Albuquerque:

Back to Basics

Seminar Date:   April 19, 2008
Location: 121 Mountain Park Place
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Seminar details:
Registration Starts at 7:00 a.m.

$45.00 In Advance
$50.00 At The Door
Lunch and Snacks Included

Topics:
Weather
FAR Updates
Balloon Accidents
Pilot/Crew Safety
Pilot Decision Making
Balloon Maintenance
BFA Convention Overview

For more information, contact:
SuperiAire Technologies
Garry Haruska
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 505-858-1685

 
Nevada

Reno:

Highland Balloon Repair safety seminar

Seminar Date:   March 8, 2008
Location: Wooster High School
Seminar details:
Core, BFA approved
$40.00
For more information, contact:
Katie Griggs
P O Box 7525
Incline Village, NV 89452
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 775-771-4175

 
North Carolina

Statesville:

CBA Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   February 16, 2008
Location: FireFly Balloons
Seminar details:
Single subject seminar focusing on balloon accidents.
Featured presentors are Don Cline, George Hahn, Sean Askren.
For more information, contact:
Carolina Balloon Association
Marsha Treacy
254 Blueberry Hill Drive
Statesville, NC 28625
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 704-880-0238

 
Ohio

Kent:

Balloonowledge 2008

Seminar Date:   March 15, 2008
Location: Kent State Main Campus
Kent, OH
Seminar details:
BFA approved back to basics seminar.
For more information, contact:
Northeast Ohio Balloon Pilots Association
www.nobpa.com
Karen Holt
9226 Hiner Road
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 330-263-6824

 
Oklahoma

Oklahoma City:

Safety through Education 2008

Seminar Date:   March 1, 2008
Seminar details:
Topics scheduled include: Pilot Decision Making with George Hahn, First Aid & Safety, Propane Safety, Rope Knot Tying, Power-line Safety, Maintenance & Repair of your equipment, Low Level Weather Systems and back by popular demand, the always entertaining, Balloonist & Attorney Robert A. Manchester III.

Space is limited to 70 participants.

For more information, contact:
Flying High Balloon Services, LLC
Michael Scott
P.O. Box 57615
Oklahoma City, OK 73157
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 405-947-2782

 
Oregon

McMinnville:

Willamette Valley Aerostats Society Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   March 1, 2008
Location: Evergreen Air Museum
For more information, contact:
Willamette Valley Aerostats Society
www.asballoon.org
Laura Hancock
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 503-270-7034

 
Pennsylvania

Lancaster:

John Wise Balloon Society Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   March 1, 2008
Location: Millersville University
Seminar details:
BFA approved core subjects seminar, nine hour seminar, all day at McComsey Hall, Millersville University.
Paul Petrehn of Cameron; Rob Wise of Balloon Works, Beth Miller of IMC Insurance, Keith Sproul, Donald Cline, etc.
For more information, contact:
John Wise Balloon Society
www.johnwise.net
Eleanor Robinson
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (888) 826-1965

 
Texas

Dallas/Ft. Worth:

2008 MBA Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   March 8, 2008
Location: Southfork Hotel
Plano, TX
For more information, contact:
Metroplex Ballooning Association
www.mbaballooning.org
Keith Berry
P.O. Box 861465
Plano, TX 75086-1465
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-396-5441

Houston:

Lone Star Hot Air Balloon Association

Seminar Date:   March 1, 2008
Location: Houston, TX
For more information, contact:
Lone Star Hot Air Balloon Association
www.lshaba.org
Phil Bryant
P.O. Box 57568
Webster, TX 77598
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 713-622-9074

 
Wisconsin

Appleton:

NE WI LTA Safety Seminar

Seminar Date: January 26, 2008
Location: Fox Valley Technical College
Seminar details:
Single subject - Balloon Accidents
Keynote speakers - Beth Miller, IMC Insurance
Martin Harms - Aerostar International
For more information, contact:
Jane Jacobson
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 715-573-4430

Janesville:

31st Annual Midwest Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   March 1, 2008
Location: Holiday Inn Express
I-90 exit 171C
between Madison & Rockford.
Seminar details:
Topics include Pilot/crew safety, Instrument maintenance/repair, FARs, Balloon accidents, Weather, Decision making, and Training.

Registration, refreshments, welcome 0730-0810.
Presentations begin at 0810.

For more information, contact:
Wisconsin Balloon Group
wisballoongroup.homestead.com/sEMINAR.html
Pete Asp
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 262-593-2251

Wyoming

Cheyenne:

Cheyenne Hot Air Balloon Club Safety Seminar

Seminar Date:   February 9, 2008
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Seminar details:
BFA approved core program.
For more information, contact:
Cheyenne Hot Air Balloon Club
Heather Day
Email: [email protected]

 

 
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