Sep 07 2023
Drone Activity Update

Many of you have a growing concern about the increase in drone activities in your area. The growth of the number of companies that have obtained an operations certificate, better known as an FAR 135 C [ ... ]

Jul 26 2023
Election 2023 Candidates






Candidates have been selected by their respective nominating committees and we are please to announce the candidates for the 2023 election.  All [ ... ]

Jun 14 2023
UAS Beyond Visual Line-Of-Sight Operations


 UAS Beyond Visual Line-Of-Sight Operations

On the evening of June 13, 2023, the BFA made its final comments (see attached) in response to the recommendation made to FAA by the UAS com [ ... ]

May 30 2023
Action Needed - Drone Interaction Comment Period

Most of you will remember that we brought to your attention a few months ago, an attempt by some commercial drone operations to change the right of way rules to allow drones operating BVLOS, or beyond [ ... ]

May 24 2023
Crossing the Line - Power line safety video

MUST-SEE Safety!

Ballooning’s biggest buzzkill – literally and figuratively - is a power line strike. The just-released 20-minute video “Crossing the Line” offers pilots and crew dozens of pr [ ... ]

Apr 26 2023
2nd Class Update

The BFA has had some success with the Aeromedical Branch of the FAA lately. Approximately 3 weeks ago the BFA posted a request for anyone having applied for a medical and were waiting for the FAA to r [ ... ]

Apr 14 2023
Follow-Up Letter to BVLOS ARC Committee

The 2023 BFA OnLine Seminar is now available!


All BFA members can watch any of the continuting education videos at no extra cost by logging in and then visiting the Seminar Video Libra [ ... ]

Mar 31 2023
2nd Class Medical Delays - Action Needed!


Dear BFA Members,


As the deadline draws near for the requirement for the second class medical, the BFA is hearing from many pilots that have applied and have some medical deficiency [ ... ]

Feb 23 2023
Shoot Balloon Photos, Not Balloons!

President Pat Cannon
(515) 961-8809
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Jan 23 2023
Additional 2nd Class Medical Clarification

Balloon Federation of America PO Box 400 Indianola, Iowa   January 23, 2023




The BFA has been continuing to work with FAA to provide better explanations for some of  [ ... ]

Jan 17 2023
Preparing for a Second Class Medical

As we march toward May and the reality that commercially rated LTA pilots will be required to possess a second-class medical certificate if they intend to use their certificate for commercial purposes [ ... ]

Dec 29 2022
Update on FAA Medical Final Rule

Letter from BFA President, Pat Cannon



It has been over a month now since the final date was set for the requirement for a second class medical for pilots holding a commercial LTA  [ ... ]

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