OCT. 6-14 2018

Navigator Central

Welcome to the place where Balloon Fiesta Navigators can find all the information pertinent to volunteering at Balloon Fiesta.

Log in to Your Navigator Profile

Need to update your contact information, shirt or jacket size, or other registration data? Click here for your Navigator Profile

Forgot your password? Click here for a Password Reset

For a tutorial about how to use your profile, click here: Profile Tutorial

If your team uses self-scheduling, you can view the self-scheduling tutorial here: Self-Scheduling Tutorial

Problems or questions? Contact Kim Judge Navigator Coordinator at (505) 821-1000 or

Important Information

Please review the most current Navigator Handbook here: Navigator Handbook 03/2018

To view the list of the 2017 Team Leaders and Staff Contacts, click here: Navigator Areas and Team Leaders 2017

2018 Navigator Applications - https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=267018721

Navigator News

View full issues or individual articles from the most recent or archived versions of the Navigator News.

Navigators on Facebook

Join our new Facebook group: AIBF Navigators
This is a private group for current AIBF Navigators only. It's a great place to meet and engage with fellow volunteers, get event updates, and have fun year-round!


Basic Training

Below are the Basic Training videos and quizzes. Click on the name of the training and you will be taken directly to the video and quiz.

1. Ballooning 101 - Part I (General Hot Air Ballooning) - Learn the basics of hot air balloon flight. This training must be renewed every 5 years. 
2. Ballooning 101 - Part II (Ballooning at Balloon Fiesta) - Learn all about hot air ballooning specific to the Balloon Fiesta. This training must be renewed every 5 years. 
3. Guest Service - Learn the most important principles to providing top-notch guest (customer) service. This training must be renewed every 5 years. 
4. Safety and Security- Learn how the Public Safety team ensures that Balloon Fiesta is one of the safest events in the country, and how you can help support their efforts. This training must be renewed every other year.
5. 2017 Balloon Fiesta Event Information** - Get the latest details, specifics and changes for this year’s event, such as prices, locations, etc. Current as of Aug 27, 2017.

6. New West Lot Parking Information - Learn about the new parking lot, access routes and hours. Required for every navigator in 2017.

** This video is updated yearly and is required viewing each year.

Merit Training

Merit Classes are optional, "extra-credit" classes offered to our Navigators for a variety of reasons. We want to invest in you - to offer you additional skills to help you be a better Navigator, and to give you training and education you can use in other areas of your life. These classes are free to Navigators who work a minimum of 5 shifts or 25 hours per year.

Video Merit Classes

  1. Gas Ballooning 101 - Similar to Ballooning 101, but focuses on the sport of gas ballooning. (approx 11 min + quiz)
  2. America’s Challenge - The history of the America’s Challenge Event now in it’s 21st year at Balloon Fiesta. (approx 18 min + quiz)

In-person Merit Classes. See the calendar for dates, or click the links below for dates, details and registration.

  • CPR - Make our event safer for everyone involved. The  CPR Classes are available to Navigators and are offered in person in Albuquerque.
    • CPR Certification, First Aid and AED - This class offers full CPR certification.  New classes will be offered beginning in May 2018.

Other Merit Opportunities

  1. Advanced Ballooning (Crew Training) Pick an option from the list below! You only need one to get the credit. 
    1. Attend a AAAA (or equivalent ) Crew Seminar. Date will be announced.
    2. Already BFA certified crew? your certificates showing your level of completion
    3. Complete the BFA Crew Achievement paperwork and to us. NO BFA membership needed.
    4. Already experienced crew? Take the online quiz! No video required, nothing to submit.
    5. Already a pilot? your pilot’s information (copy of license and logbook entry of last flight review)

Submit all evidence to . In the subject field please put Advanced Crew Evidence.

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