In order to participate in Balloon Fiesta pilots must possess either a US private or commercial pilot certificate. If operating on a foreign license, the country of license issuance must match the country of aircraft registration (some country restrictions may apply).
Pilots intending to enter a foreign-registered experimental certified balloon must obtain an FAA approved Special Flight Authorization (SFA).
· SFA Applicant Info (Download PDF)
· SFA for Foreign Civil Aircraft Chapter 7 (Download PDF)
Applicants are instructed to contact the Albuquerque Flight Standards Office (FSO) should there be any questions:
For quotations and routing details for a shipment to or from any event GLOBALLY, please email CEVA Showfreight at
For Customs Broker needs, please email D’Ann L Brown LCHB at
For Albuquerque pick up, drop off and warehousing needs, contact Narrow Road Transportation, LLC at
Narrow Road Transportation, LLC
3211 University Blvd SE Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Office – 505-373-3000
Fax – 505-242-3199
In order to promote international relations and friendships among all ballooning nations and pilots, AIBF will continue to offer a Flight of Nations package to first time Balloon Fiesta pilots from countries with limited Balloon Fiesta participation. Please contact AIBF Event Director, Paul Petrehn, at regarding eligibility in this program.
During the Flight of Nations Mass Ascension on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 1-2 pilots from each country will be asked to carry their country’s flag from a TBD launch site.