Gila and Salt River Base and Meridian Hot Air Balloon and Airship Ascension Social Society, Inc.
Established 1975 as the
Arizona Balloon Club
Ballooning is as tightly regulated as any other type of general aviation with two exceptions.
No Certified Flight Instructor - Click Here;
Any pilot with a commercial Lighter Than Air (L.T.A.) certificate can instruct.
No Class Three Medical - Click Here;
But balloon pilots must sign an FAA form stating they have no known medical condition that would make them unable to operate the aircraft in a safe manner.
Student Certificate Requirements:
Complete FAA Form - Click Here;
Student Pilot Certificate forms available at the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) in Scottsdale.
FSDO Address - Click Here;
1777 N Perimeter Dr Suite 101.
Appointment Required - Click Here;
Minimum Age - Click Here;
14 years old for student certificate.
Private Certificate Requirements:
Commercial Certificate Requirements:
Finding an Instructor:
Sweat Equity - Click Here;
We at the Arizona Balloon Club are very proud of our tradition of teaching our crew to fly. So to become a pilot...start crewing.
Ground School - Click Here;
The Arizona Balloon Club holds a two day ground school about every other year. There are also a number of online and two-day resident schools that prepare students for the written exam.
Flight Schools - Click Here;
There are also a number of schools around the country that compress the flight training into about a week.
Local Pilots - Click Here;
Some local commercial pilots will take on students for a fee. These pilots can be found by word-of-mouth from other balloonists or by Googling the smaller balloon ride companies.