Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association
& AAAA Education Foundation



Welcome to the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association

The Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA or "Quad-A"), located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of hot air ballooning. As the largest community ballooning organization in the world, we advance the sport through numerous opportunities for continued growth and development. We inform you, we encourage you, we support you, and then we let you fly.

Latest News

 

New Propane Refueling Rules To Impact Ballooning

2017 AAAA Fiesta Safety Seminar

Date:  Tuesday Oct 10, 2017, 1 PM to 5 PM
Location:  Sid Cutter Pavilion, Balloon Fiesta Field

Click here to register for AAAA Safety Seminar

 

Ground School Dates:

 Commercial:  April 28 - 30, 2017 (Accepting Registrations)
 Private: June 3-5, 2017 (Accepting Registrations) 

Click here to register for Ground School

 

The AAAA Board of Directors is currently soliciting nominations for the Bob Ruppenthal Education Award and the P.B. "Slim" Rawley Crew Award.  Information about each award is below.  Please submit nominations to the AAAA Secretary or President by the end of February.  These awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting in March.

BOB RUPPENTHAL EDUCATION AWARD

The Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) Board of Directors is currently taking nominations for the Bob Ruppenthal Education Award. This award is given in honor of Bob Ruppenthal, a charter member of AAAA, an avid balloonist who chaired the first AAAA Education Committee. First awarded in 1981, this award is made to a AAAA member who has contributed significantly to the education of others in the area of balloon safety and operation. This person must have contributed significantly in time and effort and must have participated actively in the organization and/or instruction of ground schools and safety seminars for AAAA and/or the ballooning community at large.

P.B. "SLIM" RAWLEY CREW AWARD

The Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) Board of Directors is currently taking nominations for "Slim" Rawley Crew Award. This award is given in honor of Slim Rawley, a AAAA member since 1976 and an avid, dedicated crew member. The award is given to a AAAA member who has contributed significantly to the sport of hot air ballooning. The recipient should be someone who has distinguished him/herself in support of ballooning through such activities as crew member, observer, scorer, event volunteer, AAAA committee member, or general goodwill ambassador to the community. The award is to go to the "unsung hero" who has gone the extra mile to promote, expand, and support the sport of hot air ballooning.