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Be a part of the only balloon academy in Civil Air Patrol. Join cadets from across the country as you learn about the safe and fun operation of a hot air balloon. Enjoy a once in a lifetime chance to float above beautiful Mattoon Illinois at sunrise and sunset.

June 15-25 2022

Cadets 14 and older can apply for the balloon section.

Cost- $850

BALLOON CADETS WHO WISH TO SOLO MUST HAVE A STUDENT PILOT CERTIFICATE. This requires you to have a government issued photo ID such as a state ID card, passport, driver's license, this must be on you when you are flying solo.  It is highly recommended you obtain a student pilots certificate.

Areas of Operation
    Introduction to Balloon Flight Training
    Hot Air Balloon Design, System, and Theory
    Weather Theory and Reports
    National Airspace System
    Preflight Preparation
    Preflight Procedures
    Airport Operations
    Layout to Launch
    In-flight and Performance Maneuvers
    Landing and Recovery
    Ground Reference Maneuvers
    Emergency Operations
    Postflight Procedures

Private Preparation
    Acceptable Aircraft
    Personal Equipment
    Personal Records

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