Nov 23 2022
Aircraft Registration Timeframe Extention Proposed

Aircraft Registration Timeframe Extention Proposed


A notice has just been sent from the FAA extending the duration of aircraft registration  to 7 years. This is in answer to the long l [ ... ]

Nov 23 2022
Medical Requirement Starts 5/22/23

Medicals Update

The final rule on the medicals for commercial balloon pilots posted to the Federal Register today. The date you need to have your medical by is May 22, 2023.

See this link for the f [ ... ]

Nov 17 2022
BFA Response - FAA 2nd Class Medical Ruling

Letter from BFA President, Pat Cannon



By now, you know through several sources that the FAA has released the final rule regarding the requirement for a second-class medical certif [ ... ]

Sep 26 2022
BFA Annual General Meeting - Oct 2, 2022



On behalf of the Board of Directors, we invite everyone to attend the BFA Annual General Meeting to be [ ... ]

Aug 25 2022
2022 Election Results

We would like to thank all of our members that took the time to vote in our election. Our boards do much of the work of our Federation and our success on your behalf rides on their dedication to the [ ... ]

Aug 03 2022
Follow-Up Letter to BVLOS ARC Committee


August 2, 2022


Ms. Eileen Lockhart, BVLOS ARC Co-Chair

Director of Emerging Markets

Air Methods


Mr. Sean Cassidy, BVLOS ARC Co-Chair

Director, Safet [ ... ]

Jul 26 2022
BVLOS ARC Verbal Comments

Balloon Federation of America PO Box 400 Indianola, Iowa   July 26, 2022



BVLOS ARC Verbal Comments from BFA for publication


The Balloon Federation of America is a  [ ... ]

Jul 23 2022
Election 2022 Candidates






Candidates have been selected by their respective nominating committees and we are please to announce the candidates for the 2022 election.  All [ ... ]

Jun 16 2022
ACTION NEEDED- Drone rulemaking

Dear BFA Members, 

The linked article from AOPA lays out yet another challenge that we as balloonists are facing and the FAA is soliciting comments from you relating to it.

The issue is the use [ ... ]

Jan 18 2022
BFA Response to Balloon Pilot Medical NPRM

Below you will see the BFA's official response to the Balloon Pilot Medical NPRM. We have done our best to represent you in this issue knowing that the base results had already been determined  b [ ... ]

Jan 01 2022
Responding to the FAA's NPRM


Note from BFA President Pat Cannon

January 1, 2022


I know that many of you have been waiting for the BFA’s response to the NPRM proposing a second class medicals for commercial bal [ ... ]

Dec 10 2021
ADS-B and Me

Balloon Federation of America PO Box 400 Indianola, Iowa   December 19, 2021





There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding ADS-B requirements and lighter-t [ ... ]

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