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You're definitely not the only one who gets motivated to fly after their first Hot Air Balloon ride. It is an easy process to get started and join the skies! California Balloon Rides offers pilots an opportunity to become certified to fly a hot air balloon.Soar through the skies, enjoying the breathtaking views of the Golden State! If you are interested in taking friends and family on a hot air balloon ride or simply just want to soar the skies alone, a California private pilot certification will be all you'll need.

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The training will put you to the test, but you will have tons of fun throughout the adventure!

California Hot Air Balloon Pilot Certification

A Licensed Pilot in California has completed ground school and flight training with a Certified Hot Air Balloon Commercial Pilot. This process consists of:

  1. Passing a Federal Aviation written examination:
      • Topics gone over in the flight theory exam include:
      • Meteorology: The study of weather trends and how they will affect your air travel.
      • Aerostatics: Dealing with gases and liquids and how they balance.
      • Airmanship: General protocols in reference to aeronautics.
      • Navigation: Navigating your course during flight.
      • Flight Regulations and Procedures: Proper performance, flight regulations and in flight procedures.
      • Code of Conduct
  2. Obtaining the required hours of flight time with at least two solo hours.
  3. After the written assessment it is expected that you do a test flight with one of the examiners and provide a doctor's approval to fly.
  4. It will require about 15 hours of flight time to reach the skill level you need to have to test. Tow flights of thirty minutes or more are required as well as an ascent to 3000 ft over your take off point. This overall training time can differ depending on your study practices and available time. Some can complete this in only a month, others need a few more. GO the distance and get your Ballooning license today with California Balloon Rides!
Hot Air Balloon Pilot Certification California

Ballooning Student Pilots in California

Before you begin your instruction, you will need to acquire a student pilot's certification.

Student Ballooning Pilot Certificates in California can be issued by FAA assessors or assigned pilot examiners.

Student pilots must be at least 14 years of age.

Certify that you are clinically able to pilot a hot air balloon.

Demonstrate to the teacher that you know pre-flight procedure, precisely how to use the controls of the balloon, and how to safely land and takeoff in the balloon.

Student pilots should not expect to carry guests unless their certification is finished.

Balloon Pilot Certification California

California Private Pilot Certification

  • You must be at least 16 years of age to be eligible for a California Private Pilot's Certificate.
  • No medical certificate is required, but you must certify that you do not have any known medical defects that would prevent you from piloting a balloon.
      1. You must pass a written test that will cover:
      • FAA Regulations covering pilot privileges, limitations, and flight procedures.
      • Use of navigation charts.
      • Weather conditions & reports as they relate to ballooning.
      • Operating procedures with gas and hot air balloons.
      • Navigation
      • Flight Rules and Procedures
      • Code of Conduct
  • Instruction should have been received in ground handling and inflation, preflight checks, takeoff and ascents, descents and landings, and emergency procedures.
      • Must have at least 10 hours of flight experience, of which 6 must have been under the supervision of an instructor. Flights must have included:
        • Tow flights of at least 30 minutes
        • One ascent to 3000 feet above takeoff point
        • One solo flight
California Balloon Pilot Certification

Commercial Pilot Certification in California

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • No medical certificate required, but you must certify that you do not have any known medical defects that would prevent you from piloting a balloon.
  • You must pass a comprehensive written exam that encompasses all the material required for a Private Pilot Certificate in California, and additional operating procedures relating to commercial operations and requirements for flight instructors.
  • Training for all procedures required for a California Private Certification must be received from an authorized instructor, plus emergency recovery from a terminal velocity descent.

Required 35 hours of flight time for a California commercial certificate must include:

  • At least 35 hours of flight time as a pilot.
  • 20 hours of flight time in balloons.
  • 6 hours of flight time under the supervision of an instructor.
  • 2 solo flights.
  • 2 flights of at least one hour duration.
  • 1 flight to 5000 feet above the take off point.

Contact California Balloon Rides at 1-800-611-1298 to begin today! Wherever your going, we'll help you get there!

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Commercial Pilot Certification in California





This journey is about you. California Balloon Rides is willing and able to meet special requests to make your experience the moment you dreamed it could be. Be it a loving memory in the making, or a chance to start a new stage of your life, this is your chance. Just contact us and our reps are standing by to address any question you can think of.

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