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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.

Monthly Meetings
     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 Very Outstanding
     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.

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