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BFA National Convention




April 7-9, 2022




Event Symposium

April 6-7, 2022



Hotel Topeka at City Center

Topeka Kansas




   The Balloon Federation of America is thrilled to announce the 2022 National Convention. It will be held in Topeka, Kansas on April 7-9, 2022. The Convention will be at Hotel Topeka at City Center located at 1717 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66612.

   On March 26, 1961 the BFA was founded and will celebrate it's Diamond Anniversary (plus 1 year) at the 2022 Convention. The BFA National Conventions are held once every three or four years, for balloonists, by balloonists and includes World Class Speakers, a Trade Show with Industry leaders, Receptions and a Banquet. The Convention is your opportunity to exchange ideas, gain valuable knowledge with fellow ballooning enthusiasts and explore visions for the future of the sport of hot-air ballooning. In this regard, education and enrichment programs play an important part. Renew acquaintances and make new ones.baskets

   The Convention Committee has developed a varied educational program, which is sure to be of interest to balloon enthusiasts of all types. Sessions are scheduled multiple times to include: Weather, Training, Pre-Flight Planning, Landing Safety, Pilot Decision Making, Tips to Compete, Technology Practices, Manufacturers and many more topics. 

   Speakers include Erin Bair, Andrew Baird, Mike Bauwens, Troy Bradley, Pat Cannon, Brenda Cowlisha, Don Day, Nick Donner, Brian Duncan, Barbara Fricke, Katie Griggs, Dr. Alan Kozarsky (FAA Senior Designated Aviation Medical Examiner and a consultant to the Federal Flight Surgeon speaking on Class 2 Medical), Scott McClinton, Al Nels, Sam Parks, Paul Petrehn, Henry Rosenbaum, Tony Sandlin, Gordon Schwontkowski, Mike Shrum, Bill Smith, Patrick Smith, Kay West, and Scott Wooge. The Keynote speaker will be Bill Bussey.

   There will be a trade show during the convention where you can see the latest equipment and technologies for hot-air balloons. The Convention is sure to be exciting, fun, and educational. Please help spread the word to the ballooning community by sharing this invitation with your friends and everyone interested in ballooning.

Registration cancellation deadline is March 25, 2022. Cancellations will receive a full refund. 

Shuttle Transportation between the Kansas City Airport and the Hotel Topeka at City Center will be provided. Shuttles leave the airport on Tuesday April 5 Noon, Thursday April 7 Noon and 4PM. Shuttles leave the Hotel on Friday April 8 6AM and 10AM and Sunday April 10 at 6AM and 1:30PM. Cost is $75 per person round trip. 





Thursday April 7

    2:00-7:00 PM Registration 

    6:00-9:00 PM Reception

Friday April 8

    7:00-9:00 AM Registration

    7:00-8:45 AM Breakfast

    9:00-11:50 AM Speaking Sessions

    11:50-1:30 Lunch

    1:30-5:20 PM Speaking Sessions

    6:00-9:00 Reception

Saturday April 9

   7:00-8:45 AM Breakfast

   9:00-11:50 Speaking Sessions

   11:50-1:30 Lunch

   1:30-4:20 PM Speaking Sessions

   5:00-6:00 PM Happy Hour

   6:00-9:00 Banquet



Thursday April 7th - 6pm to 9pm

Friday April 8th - 7am-9am / 12pm-1:30pm / 6pm to 9pm

Saturday April 9th - 7am-9am/ 12pm-1:30pm


See you in Topeka in April 2022!

Tim Cloyd

Chairman, BFA 2022 Convention