Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association


Education Committee: Mission

The AAAA Education Committee provides the necessary support for seminars and ground schools. Its 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 us 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.

Ground Schools

In-person ground schools have been suspended for 2021 due to the current public health situation. The AAAA Education Committee is actively producing engaging, informative, and comprehensive online ground schools in order to make access to this material more available. Click the link in the sidebar to read more about our ground schools.

Balloon Fiesta Safety Seminar

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.  2021 date is currently set for Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021, at the Sid Cutter Pavilion.



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.


Education Calendar

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Board Liaison: Peg Bilson
Ground School Registrar: Neal Smith