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Brought to You By… Hot Air Balloons

By / Apr 1, 2015 (Mariusz Blach/Thinkstock)

In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world. Including hot air balloons.

Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association: Want to join the crowd of nearly 750,000 spectators watching more than 500 hot air balloons ascend into the sky at once? Head to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a nine-day event held every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico—a.k.a. the “Balloon Capital of the World.” One of the event’s architects, Sid Cutter, helped found the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association, one of the world’s largest balloon clubs.

Balloon Federation of America First introduced in France in the late 18th century, hot air balloons are the oldest form of human-carrying flight apparatus. Relying on burners to heat air that then rises to fill and lift a balloon, or “envelope,” off the ground, these marvels of basic chemistry are now mostly enjoyed for recreation and sport. Just ask members and staff at the Balloon Federation of America, who are dedicated to advancing the art, sport, and science of ballooning.

Adventure Travel Trade Association In 1783, a sheep, duck, and rooster became the first living things to ride in a hot air balloon. Luckily, these colorful aeronautic airships evolved enough to transport people—the first human-piloted flight actually took place later the same year. If you’re interested in taking a hot air balloon ride of your own, you may want to consult a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association to point you in the direction of a licensed pilot.

Katie Bascuas

Katie Bascuas is associate editor of Associations Now. More »

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