Links and Activities
Black Pilots of America – National Organization
Black Pilots of America, Inc. (BPA, Inc) is a non-profit flying organization established in 1997. Membership is open to anyone who shares the aims and purposes established in the preamble of our Constitution and Bylaws and have a primary focus on providing an atmosphere for everyone to learn to fly and perhaps own airplanes. Members include men, women and youth aviation enthusiasts from all walks of life and various backgrounds and experiences.
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
EAA offers the fun and camaraderie of sharing your passion for participating in the flying, building, and restoring of recreational aircraft with a passionate community of aviation enthusiasts.
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RI National Guard Open House – Air Show
The Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show was established in 1991 as a major community event that everyone from the region could be proud of and enjoy. The airshow offers aerial and static dsplays along with activities for people of all ages. From its inception the show has operated with a simple creed; put on a world class show featuring only the best aircraft and pilots and operate the show totally for the benefit of the community.
Stoweflake Balloon Festival – Stowe, Vermont
One of Vermont’s most popular summer celebrations, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa hosts the spectacular three-day event. A twilight balloon launch on Friday, sunrise launches on Saturday and Sunday, and a host of other attractions including live music at a AAA Four-Diamond mountain resort.
South County Balloon Fest – Kingston, Rhode Island
The Annual South County Hot Air Balloon Festival is an ongoing gathering of community, music, and of course lots of balloons. The event is held at the University of Rhode Island Athletic Fields in Kingston, Rhode Island each July, and features up to 14 hot air balloonists or aeronauts for three days of flying around Southern Rhode Island.
New Jersey Festival of Ballooning – Solberg Airport, Readington, New Jersey
The three day Festival at Solberg Airport in Readington in Hunterdon County features twice a day mass ascensions of more than 100 sport and special shaped hot air balloons from around the world, live concerts, and 39 hours of family entertainment and attractions. The largest event of its kind, the Festival offers affordable fun for the entire family and has been named one of the Top 100 Events in North America five times by the ABA and the No. 1 Thing to Do in New Jersey in 2012 by New Jersey Monthly magazine.
Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally – August
Binghamton, New York
Founded in 1983 as a way to determine who had the best Spiedie recipe (Spiedies are small pieces of marinated meat) local families held the first Spiedie Fest Cooking Contests in 1983. A small committee formed and created the first SpiedieFest and Balloon Rally at Otsiningo Park. This event now draws over 100,000 admissions each year.
Pittsfield, NH Hot Air Balloon Rally
This family-oriented event features nationally renowned professional Hot Air Balloonists and award-winning entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Add great amusements for the kids, fantastic food, and the best entertainment in New Hampshire and you have a recipe for fun and excitement. Mark your calendar now to join us on the beautiful Drake Field in Pittsfield, New Hampshire. Because of this annual fund-raising event, thousands of people in all of the communities the Pittsfield Rotary serves benefit from the programs we fund each year.
Crown of Maine Balloon Fest – Presque Isle, Maine
Born as part of the 2004 Isle Fest, two local balloon pilots convinced the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce to give a festival a try. The number of balloons rose each year and in 2006 Isle Fest was re-dubbed the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest. Local balloon pilots claim that The County is one their favorite places to fly due to the beautiful landscapes and friendly folks.
Great Falls Balloon Festival – August
The Great Falls Balloon Festival is the premier summer event of central Maine, and enjoys a national reputation as a first-class event. Established in 1992 by a small group of business people, civic leaders and friends, the festival is based at Simard-Payne Memorial Park (formerly Railroad Park), in Lewiston, on the banks of the Androscoggin River, and attracts crowds of approximately 100,000 visitors annually.
Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival – Plainville, CT
Norton Park Plainville, CT- 4th weekend August
The annual Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by the town’s fire company, attracts thousands of spectators to what organizers consider one of the biggest and last remaining balloon festivals in the Northeast.
New York State Festival of Balloons – Dansville Municipal Airport, Dansville, NY
In 1997 the Dansville Balloon Festival was designated as the New York State Festival of Balloons. The festival features scheduled launches beginning on Friday evening, including two on Saturday and Sunday; Arts & Crafts Vendors, and an International Food Court; Free Entertainment, Rides & Amusements for children, and a Car Show. The festival’s goal is to share profits with local charities and organizations.