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FACT OR FICTION Debunking myths of practical exams
We wanted to address some concerns members of the ballooning community have brought to us. As leaders in the hot air balloon training and testing community, we’d like to address the issues raised with our understanding of the regulations, policy and practices of practical exams. We hope this information is helpful to you, maybe calms some nerves, and hopefully debunks myths before they become relied upon as true.
Unintended opportunities – Medical Certification Standards for Commercial Balloon Operations
Unintended opportunities – Medical Certification Standards for Commercial Balloon Operations “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer In life, change can be scary. Oftentimes we associate change with negative thoughts or...
Fly every flight like a check ride
Fly every flight like a check ride At the IBA safety seminar Pat Cannon’s presentation "Surviving a Ramp Check" included, in part, having a current aeronautical chart in the basket. Randy Stone raised his hand and mentioned he might be the dumbest person in the room...
*MULTIPLE*UPDATES* On Balloon Medicals
UPDATE ON BALLOON MEDICAL REGULATIONS Below is some insight on the upcoming medical regulations for balloons and timeline for implementation. From FAA To NTSB Date 05/06/2021 Type Official Correspondence Response -From Steve Dickson, Administrator: The Federal...
Adam Magee earns National FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year!
Adam Magee is recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration for his work improving hot air balloon safety and creating a positive safety culture. He was presented with the National FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year award by FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.
Zero Fatalities – Take the Pledge!
Taking a step back on safety By Adam Magee I was asked the other day, “Why are you so focused on safety?” The short answer is to prevent additional regulations. How does that work exactly? You might have heard the old saying that regulations are written in...
SFAR Amendment – 2
The FAA issued a final rule on September 30, 2020, that further amends Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118. Aviation activity continues to increase, and the industry is beginning to address the backlog of required training, checking, and testing...
Airman Certification Standards
Did you know the Practical Test Standards will soon be replaced with the Airman Certification Standards? Take a peek at the new standards! First public viewing of the document!
Today the FAA has published an amendment to the SFAR. It is important to note that the SFAR does NOT extend relief to pilots covered under the previous SFAR. For example, the old SFAR covered flight reviews due March – June 2020. The new SFAR added pilots due July –...
Kevin MacDonald Earns a Perfect Score!
Kevin MacDonald passes both his private and commercial FAA Knowledge Exam! He’s learning to fly and will be a certificated balloon pilot soon!