Affiliated to the BBAC are a number of Regional Clubs which organise local ballooning meets, social evenings with guest speakers and slides/videos, visits to manufacturers, Air Traffic control centres
, and meteorological
Once you have joined the BBAC, we recommend that you also join the nearest Regional club. This will bring you in touch with pilots and crews who are flying locally, and give you a chance to join their activity. You may be able to form a balloon-owning syndicate with other members.
The BBAC are members of the Royal Aero Club
and through them members of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, or FAI
, the World Air Sports Federation. The FAI has a Ballooning Commission
known as the CIA on which the BBAC represent the UK.
The BBAC is also a member of the The General Aviation Safety Council which is a Charity that works to improve flight safety in all forms of general aviation.
Non-Geographically Based Groups
The BBML is the official museum of the BBAC, run entirely by volunteers.
The Competitions Club's primary purpose is to organise and run competition events in the UK in order to find the best pilots to represent the country in World and European class championships.
BABO's members are all holders of a CAA-issued Air Operator's Certificate, which allows those holders to fly fare-paying passengers. BABO members all agree to abide by a strict code of conduct.
Geographically Based Groups
The region is named after the three motorways which pass through it and covers an area including Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire east of Salisbury Plain, and much of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
The Black Horse Ballooning Club has been based around the Black Horse Public House in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.
Our members are pilots, crew and enthusiasts, mostly from Beds, Bucks, Cambs, Herts, and Northants.
East Midlands Balloon Group covers Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Members of this club are drawn from London and the Home Counties.
This club covers Hampshire, Southern Berkshire and West Surrey.
The club for balloonists from Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside & Greater Manchester.
Covers and area from east of the Pennines to the coast, and from the Scottish border to a line from the Humber to Sheffield.
Surrey and Sussex Ballooning Club
This club has not notifed the BBAC of their website's details.
WRBBAC primarily serves balloonists in the South West of England, from Cornwall to Gloucestershire and from Wiltshire to South Wales. Most members live in and around Bristol and Bath.
The West Midlands Balloon Club is based mainly in the Worcestershire/ Warwickshire area but draws members from much further afield. It has been going for many years and includes a number of keen competition pilots among its members. During the winter, monthly meetings are held and group flying and social events from time to time during the summer.