Burnie the Little Devil Balloon is
Owned and Operated by Z-Balloon Adventures
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Information for Pilot Certificates...
The following is extracted and simplified from Federal Aviation Regulation Part 61 - Certification: Pilots and Flight Instructors.
A student pilot's certificate must be obtained before beginning training. Successful completion of training leads to a private pilot's certificate, lighter-than-air category with a free balloon class rating. After further training and experience a commercial rating may be obtained, qualifying an individual to fly for hire or to instruct. The following are the general requirements for student, private, and commercial certificates:
Subpart C - Student Pilots
1.A student must be at least 14 years of age.
Subpart D - Private Pilots
1.To be eligible for a free balloon private pilot's
certificate a person must be at least 16 years of age.
(These requirements are for hot air balloons; requirements for gas balloons are slightly different)
Subpart E - Commercial Pilots
1.The age requirement for a commercial pilot certificate
is 18 years.
Z-Balloon Adventures is authorized by the FAA to train student pilots and for additional flight training to obtain a commercial rating and also to administer annual flight reviews and bi-annual flight reviews.
Please contact us for our current rates at 515-265-2402
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We reserve the right to refuse any balloon
rides for the safety of our other passengers as well as the people on the ground
as well as the pilot and flight crew.
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