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Navigator Central

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

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Navigator Links

Problems or questions? Send us an email.

Navigators on Facebook

Join our Facebook group: AIBF NavigatorsThis 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! 

Navigator Training
Covid Information
Basic Training

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

1. History of Ballooning - 2021 Video........Learn the basics of hot air balloon flight and the history of ballooning. (11 minutes) 
2. History of Balloon Fiesta - 2021 Video ........Learn the history of Balloon Fiesta. (16 minutes) 
3. Guest Service - 2021 Video........Learn the most important principles to providing top-notch guest (customer) service. (33 minutes) 
4. Public Safety and Security - 2021 Video - Now Available........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.  (20 minutes) 
5. 2021 Balloon Fiesta Event Information* -  Now Available........Get the latest details, specifics, and changes for this year's event. UPDATED 9/7/21 (28 minutes)

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

IMPORTANT! Don't forget to click on the link in each video description (YouTube) to get credit for watching the video!

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. For video classes, complete the video verification form for each video. The link to the form is located in the YouTube video description.

Video Merit Classes
  1. Gas Ballooning for Navigators - A more in-depth look at the world of Gas Ballooning with Barbara Fricke.  Updated  June 2019 (45 min)
  2. Gas Ballooning 101 - Similar to Ballooning 101, but focuses on the sport of gas ballooning. (11 min)
  3. America’s Challenge - The history of America’s Challenge Event. Updated 2018 (18 min)
  4. Advanced Customer Service - Learn techniques for dealing with Guest issues. Updated June 2019 (55 min)
  5. History of AIBF - A more in-depth look at the history of the AIBF. Updated June 2019 (38 min)
  6. The 2019 Event Presentation - A more in-depth look at the 2019 Event and the many activities that take place during the 9 days. Updated August 2019 (59 min) NOTE: This is NOT the required Event video! See #5 under Basic Training above.
Other Merit Opportunities

Advanced Ballooning (Crew Training) Pick an option from the list below! You only need one to get the credit. All evidence must be submitted via email. In the subject field please note Advanced Crew Evidence.

  1. Attend a AAAA (or equivalent ) Crew Seminar. Dates will be announced.
  2. Already BFA certified crew? Submit your certificates showing your level of completion.
  3. Complete the BFA Crew Achievement paperwork and submit. NO BFA membership needed.
  4. Already a pilot? Submit a copy of your pilot license and logbook entry of your last flight review.