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Information on how to become a Hot Air Balloon Pilot

Hotair.ie recommends the U.K syllabus for pilot training.

Pilot Training Manual License Requirements* Pilot Training Record

A hot air balloon is a registered aircraft, the same as any fixed wing aircraft or helicopter. As such the person in command must hold a valid Private Pilot's Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority specifically for ballooning;
this is known as the PPL(B).

Although anyone with average ability can fulfil the requirements for the
PPL(B) outlined below, it is not an activity to be taken lightly.

As a pilot you must be sufficiently competent at operating the balloon and have such knowledge to be able to cope with any problems or circumstances that may arise.

In addition you will be responsible for the lives of the people you
might carry in the basket.

PPL Requirements

Hotair.ie Pilot Information

Minimum flying experience of 16 hours within 24 months.

A minimum of 6 flights.

A minimum of 4 flights with a BBAC approved Instructor;
the rest may be with any valid PPL(B).

To keep a flight log with flight training records completed by the instructing pilot.

To keep a BBAC training log; this is a requirement of the BBAC not the CAA.

To be recommended by a BBAC approved Instructor for a flight test.

To undertake a flight test examination with a CAA approved Examiner.

Perform a solo flight under the supervision of the Examiner
or an instructor delegated by the Examiner.

Take written examination in Aviation Law, Navigation, Meteorology,
Balloon Systems and Human Performance.

Countersignature of self certification declaration of fitness by your GP.
Some GP's will require an examination.

Attend an approved Landowner Relations Seminar.

Complete the written examinations and flight test within a 24 month period.

Do not be daunted, the standard required is based on common
sense, not academic brilliance.

* To fly a Hot Air Balloon within Irish air space, you are required to have your
PPL (B) license validated by the Irish Aviation Authority.

For general enquiries and more information about the BBAC please contact the Information Officer:
Email: info@bbac.org
Telephone: +44 117 953 1231

For membership information, including membership renewals and
changes of address, please contact the
Membership Secretary:
Email: membership@bbac.org

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