Adding a Hot Air Balloon Rating

If you have a powered aircraft rating — NO written exam required.
If you no powered aircraft rating — You will need to pass a written exam.

Flight Training Private Pilot Rating:
10 hours total over a minimum of 6 instructional flights including a solo flight.
One flight to 3000′ AGL. 2 training flights of on hour minimum.

Commercial Pilot Rating Requirements
35 total flight hours — 20 hours in balloons — 10 balloon flights.
10 hours of flight training that includes at least 10 flights.
One flight to 3000′ AGL. 2 training flights of one hour minimum.
2 solo flights.

For either rating — pass the appropriate practical (Flight) test.
No medical certificate required for either rating.

The Litchfield Hills Aero Club, LLC , is a not for profit, equity ownership flying club, that provides its members with affordable access to ballooning. The club is based at Whelan Farms Airport (CT01) and will be run by a board of directors elected by the membership, per club by-laws, which includes operating rules, members manual and flying schedule. We also welcome new members to join the team and have fun.

Call or e-mail to learn more about The Litchfield Hills Aero Club, LLC or learning to fly lighter than air aviation!

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6 Responses to Adding a Hot Air Balloon Rating

  • Wayne R. Knutson says:

    Need info on books to study on Ballooning. I am a Comm. Airplane, Helicopter, Gliders now an been flying 50 years.

  • Brent Wilson says:

    That is some helpful information on custom printed balloons. Thank you for sharing.

  • Tom says:

    Hi there,

    I am a commercial pilot looking to do my private balloon rating. Can you please provide me with an estimated cost for this please.
    Thanks
    Tom

    • MickMurphy says:

      Tom,

      I would estimate $1,500 to $3,500 and it all depends on your availability and the weather. If the weather and your time cooperate for several back to back flying that will reduce the time and cost. Do you have a USA pilot certificate or UK?

      Mick

  • Abe Im says:

    Hello,

    I am interested in gaining experience in a balloon and adding a balloon rating onto my commercial pilot certificate. All my time is in a fixed wing airplane. How much will it cost?

    • MickMurphy says:

      I would estimate $1,500 to $3,500 and it all depends on your availability and the weather. If the weather and your time cooperate for several back to back flight instruction that will reduce the time and cost. Would welcome you to ring and we can review options and I can explain in more detail.

      Mick

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