No, Balloon Fiesta has opted to start using a "single sign-on" feature to allow you to login using one of three platforms (Facebook, Google, and Microsoft).
If you have a Gmail, Google+, etc. or one of the various Google platforms, you will be able to log in with the Google selection.
If you have an email account ending in the following:
@hotmail.com, @live.com, @msn.com, @passport.com, @outlook.com
As well as if you have a general Microsoft account in which you use it to access these other programs:
Office Online, OneNote, OneDrive, Skype, Outlook and Xbox live.
Registration will close at 11:59 P.M. on April 30, 2018.
Applications received after April 30, 2018 but prior to May 31, 2018, if accepted, will require a non-refundable $100.00 late fee. No applications will be accepted after May 31,2018. All applications received by April 30, 2018 will be considered for acceptance. Once the maximum number is accepted, no more applications will be processed.
You will need the following:
All pilots will receive email notification of acceptance. Approvals will generally be done every two weeks (March 16 & 30, April 13 & 27) at the discretion of the AIBF Events Committee with final approvals no later than May 11.
AIBF does not maintain a waiting list.
You will receive a refund of your application fee within one week after receiving notification that your application has not been accepted. This amount will be refunded to the card used originally to 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.
Balloon Fiesta receives a number of sponsors each year who either reuse a previously purchased banner or order a new banner to fit the balloon selected for that year.
We ask for the measurements to help determine who we can match you with per your banner sizing or to help determine what we will need to order. If you have any questions on what you have entered, please contact us to assure that a banner is not ordered with the incorrect measurements.
Your additional pilot will be required to complete the registration process.
They will need to complete the following sections of the registration:
On the Balloons tab, they will see the option to fly another pilot's balloon. They will need the registration number (N#) of the balloon on which they wish to be added as an additional pilot. After completion of this step, an email will be sent to the primary pilot for approval. Once the primary pilot has approved them, they will need to continue the registration process by logging back into their registration and completing the final tabs (Entry Agreement and Submit).
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 and approved as the primary pilot of one of your balloons. Your Insurance policy must cover two balloons in flight at the same time; this will be verified with the listed agency.
We are limiting the number of competitive balloons to 300. Once we reach that number, you may only register as a non-competitor! Changes to competition status can be made by contacting Jennifer Garcia. Changes will only be allowed until August 1, 2018.
Yes, the FAA requires that we confirm these documents every year to make sure they have not been lost, stolen, damaged or expired.
September 1, 2018, if not received by the deadline you will need to present all original documents to the FAA on-site before you can complete your registration.
This year the on-site registration will be Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5 from 10 am until 7 pm.
Late registration will be available twice on Saturday, October 6 or by appointment. Registration will also be open Wednesday, October 10 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 6 and Wednesday, October 10 will begin promptly at 4:45 am and 10:30 am. You will not be able to participate in ANY Balloon Fiesta events until you have completed registration.
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.
Once your event registration is approved by AIBF, primary pilots will receive an approval email with ‘Pilot Rooms’ and ‘Premium Pilot Rooms’ links to access and complete their hotel reservation. You are responsible for the additional nightly upgrade charges listed within the ‘Premium Pilot Rooms’ link and any incidental charges incurred during your stay upon checkout.
All hotel reservations must be made through HBC Event Services and all RV site reservations must be made through AIBF RV coordinator.
If you choose to stay at a hotel that has not been approved by Balloon Fiesta in advance, Balloon Fiesta will not pay for any portion of your room.
Please note that in order to occupy a hotel room you will be required to provide a "Major Credit Card" when you make your reservation and check-in at the property for any incidentals and/or additional room nights.
If you do not use a hotel and if you inform Balloon Fiesta, in writing or electronic mail to Jennifer Garcia by August 15, 2018, you will receive a refund of your entry fee at Registration.
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.
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.
AIBF provides chase vehicles to foreign pilots that are contracted for special shape and flight of nations events. A limited number of additional chase vehicles may be available to foreign pilots. Please contact AIBF for more details.