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2020 Carolinas Balloon Association Safety Seminar and Fun Fly

February 22, 2020 - February 23, 2020

cba_sYou are invited to attend the 30th annual Carolinas Balloon Association Safety Seminar and Fun Fly to be held in Statesville, NC. The dates for these events are  Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 for the Safety Seminar and the morning of Sunday, February 23rd for the Fun Fly weather permitting so the seminar attendees can put all that new found knowledge to work.

On February 22nd, In accordance with the BFA’s Continuing Education Safety Seminar Guidelines, the safety seminar committee is presenting a one day agenda presented by a professional group of expert and knowledgeable speakers. The cost for the safety seminar for pilots will be $50.00 and crew members will be $25.00. Member pilots of the Carolina Balloon Association will receive a $10 discount and member crew and enthusiasts will receive a $5 discount. This year you can bundle your membership with your safety seminar fees. If you have already renewed your CBA membership you can just purchase the seminar with the additional member discounts. The Safety Seminar Committee is pleased to announce that Mitchell Community College in Statesville, NC has once again graciously provided their facilities to host the safety seminar.

Hotel accommodations for the seminar will be provided by 2 hotels, the Comfort Inn and Suites and the Ramada by Wyndham in Statesville, NC. The hotels are located within a short 10 minute drive to the college.  Please book your rooms by February 15th, 2020.

1215 Garner Bagnal Blvd, Statesville, NC, I-77 at Exit 49

Room Rate – $72.95 + tax
Provide the Group Code SAFE to receive the reduced rate.

1214 Greenland Dr, Statesville, NC 28677, I-77 at Exit 49

Room Rate – $89 + tax,
Booking  link >


We look forward to your participation and attendance at the 2020 CBA Safety Seminar and Fun Fly. Don’t forget to extend this invitation to your students and crew as well.

If you need printable directions they can be found here > Seminar Location and Directions

Seminar Presenters and Topics:

Randy Lefevre | Weather – Wind Shears and the effects

Ron Lessoway | Accident Analysis – Miracle on the Mountain, Analysis of Ron’s 2016 incident in Calgary, Canada

Daniel Sasser | Pilot & Crew Safety – Flight Perspectives, Review teamwork required between Pilots and Crew during all stages of a flight

Ron Lessoway | Aeronautical Decision Making – Miracle on the Mountain, Making good decisions in a short period of time

Bryan Woody  | FAR’s, Airport Communication and FAA Airman Knowledge Testing

David Anderson | Legal Issues – Perspectives on Insurance and the importance of Waivers

Bill Smith | Preparing for the “Big One”. Planning, Preparation, and Decision making for your next “Big Flight”.


Registration:     7:00 – 8:00
Seminar:            8:00 – 5:30

How to register:

We have two ways for you to register for this event.

Method 1 (Old School): Download the application form, complete and mail along with your payment to the address listed on the form

**Please select the correct  (MEMBER) or (NON-MEMBER) FORM.




Method 2 (Space Age): Fill out the online form and submit your payment via PayPal.

**Please select the correct  (MEMBER) or (NON-MEMBER) FORM.

If you are a current member and have not paid your 2020 dues yet, you can bundle your membership renewal with your seminar fees.

If you are not a current member but would like to consider joining please visit the membership page



February 22, 2020
February 23, 2020


Mitchell Community College, Continuing Education Center, Main Auditorium
701 West Front Street
Statesville, NC 28677 United States
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