Symposium Registration – Register NOW !        

Join us to experience another innovation in education from the Great Eastern Balloon Association. Sign up now and be a part of a unique gathering of balloonists devoted to improving the instruction of future balloon pilots.

Our Instructor Symposium will be a two-day event on Saturday November 9, 2019, and Sunday November 10, 2019. To accommodate those who cannot attend both days, we have included the option to sign up for Saturday sessions only. So if you’re not sure if you can make both days, you can sign up for Saturday now and add Sunday at a later date.

A discount will be given for those attendees who are currently GEBA members. Attendees who are not GEBA members but who would like to become GEBA members and take advantage of the discount will be given the option to join GEBA at the time of registration and receive the member discount. While we hope you will enhance your ballooning experience by joining the GEBA organization, you will have the ability to participate in the Instructor Symposium with or without becoming a member.

The fee for attending our symposium includes drinks/snacks for Saturday and Sunday morning breaks and lunch on Saturday.

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Saturday only – $50.00*
Saturday and Sunday – $70.00*

Click here to register

Click here to update an existing registration by adding Sunday         

Saturday only – $70.00*
Saturday and Sunday – $100.00*
Saturday only – $50.00*
Saturday and Sunday – $70.00*

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*Payment by check not available after September 30, 2019.
No refunds after September 30, 2019.


Instructor Symposium Session Descriptions

Emelia Bernava/
Kay West

IACRA – How to use this electronic version of 8710-1 Pilot Application.  Learn how IACRA transitions from applicant, to recommending instructor, to designated examiner.
Endorsements – A review of logbook endorsement requirements.

PTS – How to use the PTS to prepare students for the check ride.  From the Applicant’s Checklist, examiner responsibilities to preparing for the tasks.

Mike Bauwens
Fixing Learning Difficulties

While many learning difficulties are not “Fixable”, areas where new students struggle can be improved most of the time. We will discuss some of the common issues listed below for new students and techniques for remedy.
1. Overburn, especially during approach to landing
2. Maintaining level flight
3. Contouring smoothly
4. Ground tracking
5. Navigation
6. Controlled steep descent recovery
This presentation/discussion will not be limited to these items
Mike Bauwens
Teaching techniques Unique to Ballooning

This session will include techniques for teaching the elements of flying a balloon.
1. Inflation
2. Launch
3. Level flight
4. Decision making
5. Navigation to approach
6. Final approaches
7. Touchdown and deceleration
Adam Magee
Fundamentals of Instruction

Correlation, the ultimate goal of flight instruction, takes many steps and processes. In this presentation we will examine the application of the fundamentals of instruction in flight training through questions from instructors. You might be surprised that the answer correlates to the fundamentals of instruction.  Come with questions and keep your cell phone handy for this interactive presentation!

Adam Magee/
Kay West
Balloon Training Syllabus

How to use a training syllabus to track training and logbook entries.  This Excel version is designed to cover all phases of instruction and can be passed from instructor to instructor to keep everyone informed, including the student, as to the student’s progress.  The item checklist covers all aspects of training, per FAA Areas of Operation and is an essential tool for final review prior to a check ride.

Bert Padelt
Teaching Fuel Management

Session description to follow.

Carroll Teitsworth
Teaching Balloon Landings

1-Irreducible minimums
2-Control the descent (find a way to explain)
b-Acceleration (use of instruments?)
c-“Long blast”
3-Flight path for approach
b-Advanced (high wind)
4-Delicate control vs. gross control
a-At altitude:  How close can you get?
b-When it is needed (dropping through a fast layer)
5-% variations in speed in balloons vs other disciplines
6-Don’t quit flying it.  Be the boss.  Be a pilot, not a passenger.  Don’t just go along for the ride.  Exercise your Captain’s Complex.
7-Learn the lessons…both of ‘em.

Kay West
Preparing a Student for a Check Ride

Steps for preparing a student for a check ride. A well-prepared applicant possesses skills and knowledge and knows what to expect on the check ride day. Preparation minimizes stress and allows for a positive and rewarding outcome. Learn review tools and tips for passing tasks and what examiners look for while testing applicants.

Hélène Viens as Moderator with all the speakers
Breakout Discussions on Topic TBD
Joe Doerer as Moderator with all the speakers
Open Floor Questions to Presenters

Got an instruction related question you’ve always wanted to discuss but could never find the right person to ask? With a combined total of over 200 years of ballooning experience, our expert panel of six presenters will probably have your answer. Join us as we open the floor to comments from you and other symposium attendees.