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The Arizona Balloon Club
The Arizona Balloon Club, as it is commonly known as
today, was founded in 1974 as The Gila & Salt River Base & Meridian Hot
Air Balloon & Airship Ascension Social Society, Inc. The Club is
dedicated to perpetuating the sport of Hot Air Ballooning. Our
membership is made up of balloon enthusiasts from all walks of life and all
sorts of ages. We are comprised of FAA licensed Lighter Than Air sport
balloonists and full-time commercial balloonists as well as dedicated crew
members and those interested in the Romance of Ballooning.
The Arizona Balloon Club fosters safety and education
in our sport, holds competitions, sponsors safety seminars and holds regular
monthly meetings. When we aren't flying, among other things, we talk
about balloons, safety, share pictures and keep watching the weather to be
ready for our next flight.
ABC General Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each
month at 7:00 pm. Do check this site periodically for updates on meeting
locations and special guest speakers. You need not be a member to attend
– guests are always welcome. Our general meeting location is subject to
change, so check our Events Calendar for changes and more information on the
club's events and activities.
B.R.A.V.O. Award - “Balloonist Recognized As
Each year the club recognizes one special member who
has made an outstanding contribution to the Arizona Balloon Club and/or the
sport of ballooning in general. Individual nominations from the
membership are submitted, in writing, to the Board of Directors for
consideration. The recipient of this honor is awarded, with an
appreciation plaque and also receives a one year paid membership.