April 26, 2019

written by
Grant McHerron

Calling for Expressions of Interest for 2020 and/or 2021 Australian Nationals

The ABF is calling for expressions of interest from cities/regions and organisers to host the Australian National Hot Air Ballooning Championships (ANHABC) in 2020 and/or 2021.

The ANHABC is the premier hot air balloon event in the Australian calendar and features some of the best balloonists in Australia together with invited pilots from overseas (approximately 200 participants and 30 balloons) as they compete to win the title of National Champion.

Further information is in this email including the expression of interest process.  Submissions are due by 5pm Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Feel free to distribute this widely.


You will find a copy of the Expression of Interest document outlying details of the event requirements by clicking HERE.

A copy of the ABF Event Planning and Sanction Guide v2.13 can be had by clicking HERE.

An Event Budget Pro-forma may be found by clicking HERE.


Warmest regards,

Nicola Scaife

Competition and Event Sub-Committee

Australian Ballooning Federation

April 16, 2019

written by
Grant McHerron

ABF Safety Seminars to Commence at Canowindra

Welcome to the ABF 2019-2020 Safety Seminars

Through 2019-20 the ABF will be conducting a series of safety seminars for members to gather, share and learn from each other on matters critical to safety and improving operating standards.

The first seminar will be held off the back of the Canowindra Challenge, on Sunday 28th April from 11am to 3pm in the RSL Board room at the Canowindra Services and Citizens Club, 93 Gaskill St, Canowindra.

The topics for Seminar 1 will be:

  1. Bold face checklist actions – your best insurance
  2. The rule of three – how do I know when to knock it off ?
  3. Crew Resource Management – learning from the pros.

Attendance is free for ABF members and will attract an additional 2.5% No Claim Bonus, to a maximum of 10%, at renewal/commencement of your balloon insurance premium through Crispin Speers & Partners.

Future events are planned for the remainder of 2019 and into 2020, chasing members wherever they choose to gather. Times and dates will make best use of members gathering for balloon events and training courses, particularly where weather grounds the fleet. Expect Lake Cullulleraine, the Hunter, Gold Coast/NE NSW, Barossa and Canberra, with more opportunities under consideration.

Our aim is to have a library of 12 - 16 topics in the next 3 years (4 per year) that we can roll out nationally, stream and record for re-use.

You can register for Safety Seminar 1, Canowindra, by using this Google Form link (

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