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September 2016 Quick Release Available

Nyheter fra BFA - tor, 22.09-2016

 

The September 2016 Quick Release is now available. Go to Publications look under the heading "Monthly Quick Release E-Newsletter" for the current and past releases.

 

 

Sep-Oct 2016 Ballooning Journal OnLine

Nyheter fra BFA - tor, 15.09-2016

The September-October 2016 edition of "Ballooning - The Journal of the Balloon Federation of America" is now available to view online. 

 

RFP for 2017 Online Seminar available

Nyheter fra BFA - man, 12.09-2016

The BFA is looking to work with an existing continuing education seminar to host the 2017 BFA On-line seminar.

AD 2016-17-04 (Kubicek related)

Nyheter fra BFA - ons, 31.08-2016

The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for ALL U.S. registered hot air balloons that deals with a fuel hose issue which is part of burners manufactured by Kubicek (AD number “AD 2016-17-04”

The FAA issued this AD for all balloons since it is possible to install different manufacturer’s baskets/burner systems under other manufacturer’s envelopes. While only a small number of balloon systems in the U.S. are affected by this AD, all U.S. registered balloons are required to comply with the AD.  

This only affects systems with BALÓNY KUBÍČEK spol. s r.o. Model Kubíček burners equipped with fuel hoses made of ''EGEFLEX'' material.  See the full FAA Airworthiness Directive HERE.

However, since the FAA issued the AD for all US registered balloons, the BFA is recommending that Owner/Operators without the specific equipment listed above make the appropriate logbook entry if they have complete knowledge that they do not have the affected Kubicek equipment in their balloon system. It is not actually required by the FAA, but it makes it much easier to show compliance to the FAA and any rallies that request it.

In the back of a Standard Aircraft Log, there are pages where AD compliance may be logged.  If you know with total certainty that your aircraft does not contain an affected Kubicek burner, the following entry may be made:

        AD 2016-17-04  

I have complied with the requirements of this AD by verifying that the affected Kubicek burner is not part of this aircraft.    (Sign and list your pilot certificate number and type i.e. Comm or Private…)

Thanks to Mark West and Scott Wooge for their work on this issue.

Annual Meeting Planned

Nyheter fra BFA - man, 29.08-2016

The Balloon Federation's Annual meeting is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, October 1, 2016

  • 1:00pm MST

  • Sid Cutter Pavilion

  • Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque New Mexico

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    All BFA members are invited to attend. A short business meeting will be held, officers for the 2016-2017 year will be introduced, and the annual awards presentation will follow.

    Hope to see many of you there!

Plan of Action with FAA

Nyheter fra BFA - man, 29.08-2016

 

The BFA's Safety Focus Committee has developed an action plan that was shared with the FAA on August 26, 2016. In it are outlined 16 important steps in creating a stronger, more widespread, and documentable safety culture within the balloon ride industry.

Key parts of this plan are a much closer alliance between industry and the FAA, a comprehensive education program for operators, an awareness program for the general public, and the adoption of best practices including a well-defined operations manual.

Much more work will be needed to execute this plan. Many volunteers will be spending significant time to develop the plans.

Press HERE to download the action plan document.

 

2016 Election Results

Nyheter fra BFA - søn, 28.08-2016

The 2016 elections have been completed and here are the newly elected officials for the Balloon Federation of America:

BFA meets with FAA in Washington

Nyheter fra BFA - ons, 17.08-2016

On Friday August 12 several BFA members were invited to participate in a meeting in Washington, D.C. led by John Duncan, FAA Director of Flight Service Standards.

Director Duncan indicated his team wished to learn more about the sport of ballooning and particularly commercial ride operations. The BFA members participated in an open discussion regarding how the sport works.

Prior to the meeting the Guidelines for Operations approved by the BFA's Professional Ride Operators division (PRO) had been submitted to the FAA. Director Duncan was particularly impressed with the guidelines and best practices policies required by PRO members, and a long discussion on how to share these practices with others was held.

The BFA committed to continue our cooperation with the FAA to help keep our sport safe. We have agreed to form a focus team to continue our work together.

The focus team will develop a "Call to Action Plan" in the coming weeks which may include :

- Possible recognition program for safe operators
- Working with FAA's FAAST teams to promote the PRO guidelines.
- Help with a public relations campaign to better educate the consumers
- Get balloon insurance companies involved in the process.

Many of you have sent suggestions and ideas to us last week. I will share that information with the focus team. There were some great ideas and concerns that were provided.

Director Duncan indicated he was impressed with what he had learned about the BFA's dedication to safety. He was pleased we are willing to work together in a spirit of cooperation.

As we progress through this process, we will continue to keep you informed through email, the Quick Release, and the Ballooning Journal.

Sincerely,

Dean Carlton, President
Balloon Federation of Americs

Balloon Incident in Texas

Nyheter fra BFA - søn, 31.07-2016

Press Release - 7/30/2016

Members of the Balloon Federation of America are shocked and saddened after hearing news of a 16 person fatal hot-air-balloon accident in Lockhart, Texas.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the people involved” said BFA President Dean Carlton.  “The hot air balloon community is a small community, and news like this is hard to hear.”

The BFA will not comment about the specifics of the accident, since it’s currently under a National Transportation and Safety Board investigation.  “Obviously we're still in shock and trying to process this,” said Carlton. “The BFA will fully cooperate with any investigative authority. We anticipate learning anything we can, and using it to improve an impressive safety record.”

Nothing is more important to BFA members than the safety of our passengers and crew.  “As pilots ourselves, we ask questions about safety every day.  I would urge everyone to pause, take a deep breath and avoid speculation right now.”

“We are eagerly monitoring news and official reports from the scene. I am sure there will be more to say in the coming days,” said Carlton.

 

For more information, contact:

Jeff Chatterton, BFA Spokesperson

519-513-1053

2016 Hall Of Fame Induction

Nyheter fra BFA - man, 25.07-2016


Join us as we induct three more incredible balloonists into the U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame!

2016 Voting has begun

Nyheter fra BFA - tor, 21.07-2016

 

Welcome to the BFA’s On-Line Election Process - We hope you find it quick & easy to use!

Gather your BFA number and your email address and click HERE to vote online.

 Be sure to use the email address associated with your BFA membership. Call the BFA office if you need help.

Voting ends August 19, 2016.

 
Balloon Federation of America Election Ballot
Vote for one At-Large candidate. All eligible voting members can vote for BFA At-Large Candidates.
If you are in the Great Lakes or Southwest region, you can also vote for a regional candidate.
      States for each region are listed on the election ballot. 
(If you try to vote and are not located in that Region, the system will give you an error).
 
Hot Air Competition/HACD, Gas and Professional Ride Operators/PRO Divisions:  Election Ballot
If you are a Hot Air Competition Division/HACD, Gas Division or Professional Ride Operators Division/PRO Member you may also vote in those elections. You will see all candidate names listed on the ballots for each BFA Division. Your BFA information will be cross checked to verify that you are eligible to vote in that election.
 
If you click on a name that you are not eligible to vote for, you will be asked to retry the voting. 
Example:  if you are not in the Great Lakes or Southwest Region and vote for a candidate in that region, you will receive an error & have to vote again.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your Regional or an At-Large Director.


If you do not have your BFA Member number handy, contact the BFA Office at (515) 961-8809 or your nearest BFA Board of Director for assistance.

 

 

 

2016 Voting has begun

Nyheter fra BFA - tor, 21.07-2016

 

Welcome to the BFA’s On-Line Election Process - We hope you find it quick & easy to use!

Gather your BFA number and your email address and click HERE to vote online.

 Be sure to use the email address associated with your BFA membership. Call the BFA office if you need help.

 
Balloon Federation of America Election Ballot
Vote for one At-Large candidate. All eligible voting members can vote for BFA At-Large Candidates.
If you are in the Great Lakes or Southwest region, you can also vote for a regional candidate.
      States for each region are listed on the election ballot. 
(If you try to vote and are not located in that Region, the system will give you an error).
 
Hot Air Competition/HACD, Gas and Professional Ride Operators/PRO Divisions:  Election Ballot
If you are a Hot Air Competition Division/HACD, Gas Division or Professional Ride Operators Division/PRO Member you may also vote in those elections. You will see all candidate names listed on the ballots for each BFA Division. Your BFA information will be cross checked to verify that you are eligible to vote in that election.
 
If you click on a name that you are not eligible to vote for, you will be asked to retry the voting. 
Example:  if you are not in the Great Lakes or Southwest Region and vote for a candidate in that region, you will receive an error & have to vote again.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your Regional or an At-Large Director.


If you do not have your BFA Member number handy, contact the BFA Office at (515) 961-8809 or your nearest BFA Board of Director for assistance.

 

 

 

2016 Election Candidates Announced

Nyheter fra BFA - ons, 20.07-2016

The candidates for the 2016 BFA elections have been announced by their respective nominating committees. This year BFA Board positions are open for the Great Lakes and Southwest regions. Also, one "At-Large" Board seat is open for election.

The nominees for this year's elections are:

BFA Board

Great Lakes:

Dean Carlton (i)

Philip Whittington

Southwest:

Cheri White (i)

Ron Sanchez

At Large:

Maury Sullivan (i)

Jeff Haliczer

 

Hot Air Competition Division Candidates

Northeast:

No nominations received.

West:

Dale Wong (i)

Jeff Gilles

At Large

At Large:

Nick Donner (i)

Adam Magee

Gas Division (elect 2)

Phil Bryant

Mike Emich

Barbara Fricke

 (i) = incumbent 


The cut-off for voter eligibility is July 3, 2016. The election will be held on-line, and will should open around July 21st. Anyone needing a paper ballot must contact the BFA office at (515) 961-8809.

Ballots must be returned to the BFA office by August 19, 2016. Results should be announce August 20, 2016.

 

Crew Award Nominations Due July 15

Nyheter fra BFA - tir, 07.06-2016

 

National Crew Person Award Nominations Due July 15

Do you know of an outstanding crew member who deserves to be nominated for the BFA’s National Crew Person Award?  Now is your chance to submit a nomination.

Nå kan norske klubbskoler utdanne til LAPL(A)

Flynytt - tor, 12.05-2016
Luftfartstilsynet og Norges Luftsportforbund er i mål: En revidert skolehåndbok for de norske klubbskolen er nå i boks. Dermed kan klubber som har vært igjennom et enkelt kurs utdanne til LAPL(A).

May-June Ballooning Journal 2016

Nyheter fra BFA - tor, 05.05-2016

 

The May - June issue of Ballooning Journal is now available online for logged-on BFA members. For those who receive it by mail, expect delivery very soon.

 

AERO: Mytene om 600 kg for mikrofly avlives

Flynytt - fre, 22.04-2016
Det nordiske initiativet for å endre mikroflygrensen fra 472 til 600 kg har fått et europeisk fortegn og ble en snakkis under Aero i Friedrichshafen. Men luftsportsorganisasjonene advarer mot å ta seieren på forskudd.

AERO: Sky Nav Pro – ny funksjonsrik flygerapp

Flynytt - fre, 22.04-2016
Markedet for flygerapper er ennå ikke mettet: Nå kommer Sky Nav Pro som kombinerer flyvær i sanntid, navigasjon, anti-kollisjon og sporing i én og samme app.

AERO: Pipistrel får sitt første typesertifikat

Flynytt - tor, 21.04-2016
– For Pipistrel var det enklere å vinne NASA Green Flight Challenge to ganger enn å få et EASA-typesertifikat, medga EASA-direktør Patrick Ky da han overrakte et fullt europeisk LSA-typesertifikat for Virus SW på Aero 2016 i dag.

AERO: Walter Extra går elektrisk

Flynytt - tir, 19.04-2016
Et elektrisk akrofly er en av årets sprekeste flynyheter når Aero 2016 åpner dørene i Friedrichshafen onsdag morgen: Akroflyger og flydesigner Walter Extra har teamet opp med Siemens og lanserer nå Extra 330LE, en plattform som tester elektrokonseptet til sitt ytterste.