Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association


Education Committee: Mission

The AAAA Education Committee provides the necessary support for seminars and ground schools. It's mission is to provide quality training to AAAA members and the public on various aspects of ballooning. Contact the Education Committee Chair for more information.

It takes more than just getting your pilot's license to become a good, safe pilot. It requires more than just crewing a few times to become a good crew member. Our educational programs and ground schools promote continued learning and increased crew and pilot safety and awareness.

Our goal is to keep the AAAA members informed and educated on safety, operational, and regulatory aspects of hot air ballooning at a reasonable rate. Our seminars provide continuously updated, state-of-the-art presentations techniques.

All AAAA Instructors and Volunteers donate their time and expertise to help educate you. Please thank them for taking valuable time off from ballooning!

Seminars and Ground Schools

In order to fulfill the mission, the AAAA Education Committee produces ground schools for both private and commercial certificate-seeking individuals and a safety seminar during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. See the links below for more information and to register.

Private Pilot Ground School (registration)

Private ground school is intended for those seeking a private pilot certificate or crew members seeking to learn more about ballooning from a pilot perspective. Held yearly in February and June.

Commercial Pilot Ground School (registration)

Commercial ground school is intended for those seeking a commercial pilot certificate. It is recommended students already have a private certificate before taking this ground school. Held yearly in April.

Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot ground schools meet Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday at the AIBF Office, 4401 Alameda Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113.

Balloon Fiesta Safety Seminar (registration)

The Balloon Fiesta Safety Seminar is usually held on the Tuesday of Balloon Fiesta each week at the Sid Cutter Pilots Pavilion on Balloon Fiesta Park.  The 4-hour session is BFA-sanctioned and is always well-attended. In 2020, with the postponement of Balloon Fiesta, the safety seminar will be online on the second Saturday, Oct 10, 2020. 


We offer an excellent selection of books and supplies pertaining to ballooning, regulations, ground school requirements and aviation so you don't have to travel all around to get what you need. We also bring these items to AAAA meetings for your convenience. Check the links above for ground schools to see our lists of materials.

Committee Meetings

The Education Committee meets at 6 P.M. on the second Monday of every month (except for October ) at the Balloon Fiesta Office.
We're always looking for people interested in ballooning education. If you'd like to assist with AAAA's training events, please contact the Chairperson.


Board Liaison: Peg Bilson
Ground School Registrar: Neal Smith