August 22, 2009
The club is NOT currently flying and not offering passenger
Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a club
(address is at the bottom of this page)
The Edmonton Balloon Club, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,
invites you to share the experience of hot air ballooning! Go for
a flight, be part of the team, learn how to fly!
The Edmonton Balloon Club has been the centre of ballooning in
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada since it's formation in 1973. Numerous
balloonists in Edmonton had their first ballooning experiences with the
club and many have gone on to purchase their own balloons, become
commercial balloonists or be active in other ballooning organizations in
Meeting New People
Balloons don't get into the air by themselves! Each balloon needs a
ground crew of able and willing people. Besides your team-mates, you'll
meet pilots, passengers, landowners and a host of curious onlookers, all
fascinated by those colourful balloons!
Club members do more than send balloons up in the air. The Edmonton
Balloon Club holds a meeting each month to discuss club business and all
aspects of the sport. The active social committee plans parties and
other special events for all members and their friends. Your
participation is all it takes.
Up, Up and Away
Balloon club members delight in their responsibilities as ground
crew. Nothing creates a greater atmosphere of accomplishment,
camaraderie and cooperation than being part of the team! The action
starts at the launch site by unloading the balloon envelope and basket.
As you spread out the yards of colourful fabric and hold open the mouth
of the balloon, another crew member will position the large fan needed
to blow cool air inside. The pilot heats the air using a burner fueled
by liquid propane. As the air warms, and the balloon assumes an upright
position, another crew member steadies it by holding the crown line
which is attached to the top of the balloon. The passengers are invited
aboard, and as the balloon slips away from the ground, the crew prepares
for the chase! You may be asked to drive the chase vehicle, or may
prefer to sit back and enjoy the ride. Keep the balloon insight, though!
The pilot will need you to retrieve the balloon when it lands.
Once everyone has assisted in packing up the balloon, the champagne
appears and a 200 year old tradition is celebrated.
Learn to Fly
Since its beginning in 1973, the Edmonton Balloon Club has expanded
from a handful of participants to an active membership, many of whom are
Balloons are flown by pilots licensed by the Transport Canada who
have undergone a medical examination and have fulfilled the training
requirements. The Edmonton Balloon Club offers flight training to
interested individuals at reasonable rates. Call for more information.
The Edmonton Balloon Club participates in competitive events held
locally as well as nationally. Some club members become involved in an
organizational capacity, others act as event officials, while others
join in the more competitive aspect by flying or chasing a balloon. Tall
tales abound at social activities organized for balloon enthusiasts.
Fly With Us
The club does not offer any commercial services at this time.
The Edmonton Balloon Club
c/o Edmonton Aviation Heritage Society
11410 Kingsway Avenue
For more information contact:
Alex Nagorski at