Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. May 31, 2017. Applications received after May 31, 2017 but prior to June 30, 2017, if accepted, will require a non-refundable $100.00 late fee. No applications will be accepted after June 30, 2017. The maximum number of balloons may be accepted prior to May 31, 2017. Once the maximum number is accepted, no more applications will be processed.
Yes, your login and password will be the same and will auto-fill a portion of the required information.
If you have forgotten your login you may create a new login or request login information from Pilot Coordinator, Jennifer Garcia 505-821-1000. If you have forgotten your password there is a link to create a new password.
You will need the following: your pilot certificate, balloon registration, airworthiness certificate, logbook pages with dates of your latest annual inspection and Flight Review, and insurance information.
You will be notified of your status prior to June 16, 2017.
Final decisions on waitlist pilots will be made on or before August 1, 2017.
You will receive a refund of your application fee within one week after receiving notification that your application will not been accepted. This amount will be refunded to the card used to originally pay your application fee. If for any reason this account has been changed or closed it is your responsibility to contact Jennifer Garcia with updated card information.
In the application on the Balloons tab you will find the option to add a balloon.
Your additional pilot will be required to complete the Application Process tabs General Info, Conditions, Pilot Contact, and Pilot Info. On the Balloons tab they will see the option to fly another pilot’s balloon. The will need the registration number (N#) of the balloon on which they wish to be added as additional pilot. After completion of this step an e-mail will be sent to the primary pilot for approval.
One pilot will need to register as primary pilot and the others will need to be added as additional pilots following the steps listed under “How do I add an additional pilot”.
If you are interested in participation in the Flight of the Nations mass ascension please contact Pilot Coordinator at the Balloon Fiesta office.
September 1, 2017
Changes to competition status can be made by contacting the Pilot Coordinator. Changes will only be allowed until August 1, 2017.
If you need to change the balloon you will be flying please contact the Pilot Coordinator at the Balloon Fiesta office. Any changes made to your Balloon after May 31st, may affect the program and balloon cards that are printed.
No, Each primary pilot when approved is assigned a banner number. You only receive ONE basket banner which must be attached to the basket of any balloon flying from Balloon Fiesta Park during the event. If you wish to have more than one balloon flying at the same time a different pilot must be registered as the primary pilot of one of your balloons.
Late registration will be available twice on Saturday, October 1st or by appointment. Registration will also be open Wednesday, October 5th for pilots participating in the Special Shape Rodeo. The registration process begins with each pilot viewing the safety video online or at the Official’s Compound located just south of the landing. Video showings on Saturday, October 1st and Wednesday, October 5th will begin promptly at 5:30am and 10:30am. You will not be able to participate in ANY Balloon Fiesta events until you have completed registration.
Pilot headquarters will be open each morning of Balloon Fiesta from 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
At this time AIBF is not allowing additional buttons or passes to be purchased.
Additional crew walk on passes are available from at the crew table during registration. Additional north and south crew parking passes are not available. However, standard parking passes for all 9 days are available for purchase at the Balloon Fiesta gift shop.
Additionally the Landing will be open to pilots and crews with entertainment, food and drinks (available at a reduced cost) during and after each evening session.
HBC Event Services is handling all hotel accommodations. Once your event registration is approved by AIBF, primary pilots will receive an approval email with ID code to access and complete their hotel reservation. If you choose to stay at a hotel that has not been approved by Balloon Fiesta in advance, Balloon Fiesta will not pay for your room. Primary pilots living more than 50 miles from Balloon Fiesta Park will receive one hotel room. Crew rooms are also available through HBC Event Services at a reduced crew rate.
You will need to contact HBC Event Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-346-0522 to cancel your hotel reservation. Many pilots who are not approved to fly in Balloon Fiesta choose to attend the event as crew for another pilot. HBC will need to be advised to cancel or change your room from a pilot block to crew block.
To cancel you must contact HBC Event Services at email@example.com or 505-346-0522.
HBC Event Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-346-0522.
Unfortunately, Balloon Fiesta does not have the resources to offer chase vehicles to pilots. If you need assistance in finding a chase vehicle, please contact us and we can provide you with some of the local car rental companies.