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United States: green light for hot air balloons in Albuquerque

The decision on safety standards taken by FAA

A few months ago, the application of a new, more restrictive safety standard by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prevented hot air balloons from flying over most American cities, throwing hot air balloon enthusiasts into despair. All the fault of the request to implement GPS systems on board. Now, however, something has changed.

US civil aviation regulators, as announced last week, found an alternative solution that allows hot air balloon pilots to once again fly high above the skies of American cities. Not only that. This change of perspective casts new hope for one of the world's premier events dedicated to the industry: the "Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta". 

Local and state officials are now thinking about a long-term solution that would no longer require the permanent installation of an electrified system. Such restrictions, deemed too strict, would have had a decisive negative impact on the local economy: suffice it to say that the Albuquerque fair in 2019 generated revenues of 186.82 million dollars, while some companies had estimated losses of up to 1 million dollars in 2022. 

On the subject see also the article published by AVIONEWS

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