NOVEMBER 9-10, 2019  Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, New Jersey

We are very excited to be hosting the first nationally organized ballooning educational seminar devoted specifically to improving the skills and knowledge of balloon instructors. One of the privileges of a commercial balloon license is the ability to train future pilots to carry on our passion for flight. Along with this privilege comes the responsibility to make that training the most effective, consistent, and thorough possible.

It is our belief that commercial pilots intending to train students should continually enhance their teaching skills and methods. To achieve these increased skills, we have asked a group of experienced instructors to share with attendees the teaching techniques that they have found to be most successful over time. Some of the topics to be covered include: teaching fuel management, the fundamentals of instruction, teaching landings, fixing learning difficulties, and risk management. A review of a sample training syllabus and the knowledge base necessary to successfully complete the Practical Test Standards will also be included. Interaction with attendee questions and concerns will be encouraged throughout the weekend.

Raritan Valley Community College

The FAVIA 225 celebration in 2018 was an excellent opportunity to gather prominent balloonists from across the nation to discuss the future of balloon training. This symposium is a direct result of those discussions and the efforts of the FAVIA 225 Board to sponsor improved training for the balloon community. We thank FAVIA 225 and the Great Eastern Balloon Association (GEBA) for their support in conducting this symposium.

We would like to encourage pilots to voluntarily keep their skills sharp by attending our event. It is our hope that presenting an interesting and informative symposium will lead to similar seminars being conducted in the future.

Looking forward to seeing you November 9 -10,

Joe Doerer          Hélène Viens          Emelia Bernava