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Each year, hot air balloons from across the United States arrive in Plano, Texas to participate in the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival. Throughout the history of this annual event, local, regional, national and international hot air balloons have participated in this family friendly festival.



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Candlestick Glow 
David Downs 
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Evening Glow 
Dennis Fritsche 
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Registration for this year’s festival is now open. Pilots that are interested in participating in our event for the first time and meet the festival qualifications listed below, please send an email to pilots@planoballoonfest.org for registration guidelines and requirements.

Pat Cannon will serve as Balloonmeister this year.

Qualifications - Flying Events

To participate in this year’s Festival all persons acting as pilot-in-command must hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate with Lighter than Air Free Balloon Rating and a minimum of 75 hours of PIC in balloons. All hours will need to be noted on the application as requested or the application will be rejected. At check-in, you will also be required to sign a certificate acknowledging you meet Festival and FAA requirements. Each pilot must attend all pilot briefings. Each pilot must agree to fly at least one sponsor / media person during the festival.


Qualifications - Tether and Glow Events Only

Pilots with less than 75 hours PIC in balloons, holding a Private Pilot Certificate with Lighter than Air Free Balloon Rating, are encouraged to participate in this year's festival. These Pilots will be included in all tether and balloon glow events, and have the option to participate in our 5K and/or Half Marathon Runs on Saturday and/or Sunday mornings by placing your basket with burners along the Run Routes and firing your burners as the runners go by. This has been VERY popular with our runners. All hours will need to be noted on the application as requested. At check-in, you will also be required to sign a certificate acknowledging you meet Festival and FAA requirements. Each pilot must attend all pilot briefings.


Balloons

All Pilots that participate in the Festival must bring to registration their Flight Log Book, with Currency Endorsement, and Pilot Certificate. You will also need to have the following available for inspection at registration: Balloon Registration Certificate, Standard Airworthiness Certificate, and Balloon Log Book, with current inspection for the balloon you intend to fly during the Festival. All balloons must be properly equipped (with inflation harness) and ready for potential FAA inspection prior to each event. Proof of insurance will be verified by the festival. You will be contacted prior to the festival if there is an issue or concern.


BFA Competition

We are requesting your BFA Competition Number during registration. BFA Competition will occur this year if enough BFA pilots participate. If competition occurs, you will automatically be included. Competition events have been modified and prize money will increase.


Rooms

We will be utilizing two hotels again this year - the Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites.

For King Suite Accommodations - pilots will stay at the Homewood Suites. These suites also include a sleeper sofa.

2601 E. President George Bush Highway
Plano Texas 75074

For Double Queen Accommodations - pilots will stay at the nearby Hampton Inn & Suites (approx. 200 yards from the Homewood Suites). These rooms include two queen beds.

2813 E. President George Bush Highway
Plano, Texas 75074

**Rooms will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Pilots registering as primary pilot will receive free room accommodations for Friday and Saturday evening, Pilots from outside a 40 mile radius of the launch field, who fly in the Friday Morning Media Flight, will be provided a room for Thursday night. Pilots from outside a 40 mile radius of the launch field, that fly Sunday Evening, will be provided a room for Sunday night.

Room Selection and Reservations will be part of the online application.

Please do not contact the hotel directly for your pilot room reservation.


Crew Rooms

A special room rate of $94 is available for crew and alternate pilots. These reservations must be made by you directly. Visit the Hampton Inn & Suites website at www.planoeastsuites.hamptoninn.com and use the Special Group Code – PB7 to receive the special rate. The $94 rate is available until September 1st.

*If you want to stay at the same hotel as your crew / alternate pilot, please select the Hampton Inn & Suites when you are registering.


Sport Balloons

The entry fee for sport balloon pilots is $50. Pilots will be refunded the $50 entry fee upon check-in at the festival. Please mail a check payable to the Plano Balloon Festival to:

Plano Balloon Festival
P.O. Box 867706
Plano, Texas 75086-7706

Pilots will receive $200 in participation money at pilot check-in. Your entry fee must be received by September 1st to secure your reservation for this year’s Festival. If your registration is not accepted for any reason and you have paid your entry fee, it will be refunded.


Commercial Balloons - No registration fee is required for Commercial Pilots

You will need to complete Pilot Registration as well as contact the Festival at 972-867-7566 to ensure your company has completed the corporate sponsorship paperwork.


Special Shapes

Please email pilots@planoballoonfest.org if you are interested in bringing your special shape to this year’s festival.


Summary

Additional information will be emailed to you in September. We look forward to seeing you at the 38th Annual InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival on September 22, 23, & 24, 2017.

Remember to send in your entry fee by September 1st.

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Pilot Registration Form

Click on the link below to register for the 2017 Festival.
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If you have any questions, do not wish to remain on the invitation list, or are no longer ballooning, please send an email to pilots@planoballoonfest.org and indicate 'Remove From Invitation List' so you won't receive future correspondence about the festival.
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