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This web site is being designed to serve all balloonists in the state of Minnesota and provide a common forum as needed.

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 2019 Iowa Balloonist Association Seminar Minimize

March 2, 2019
St. Thomas Aquinas Pastoral Center
210 R63 Hwy & Hwy 92 West
Indianola, IA

Registration postmarked on or before February 16th, 2019:
Pilot $70.00; Crew $40.00
Registration postmarked after February 16th, 2019:
Pilot $90.00; Crew $50.00
For non-attendees joining us for lunch there will be a $15 fee.
(All fees are non-refundable)

7:00am-7:55am Registration
8:00am - 12:00am Morning Session
12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH / IBA Meeting
1:00pm-6:00pm Afternoon Session

This year's seminar will not be the traditional classroom style presentation. We are planning a more hands-on interactive seminar. Andy Baird will act as our moderator for this unique presentation.

A block of discounted rooms are available at the Country Inn & Suites in Indianola, IA. You must mention the IBA block of rooms to receive the discounted price of $109 +Tax and make reservations prior to February 2, 2019.

Country Inn & Suites
501 E. Trail Ridge
(515) 962-5777

Quality Inn
1701 N. Jefferson Way
(515) 961-0058

Apple Tree Inn
1215 N. Jefferson Way
(515) 961-0551

For more information please contact:
Amy Pfeifer at (515) 371-8480 or
Eric Martens at (515) 249-0666 or

The basis for this one day seminar is to satisfy the basic requirements by the BFA and qualify pilots for a possible insurance discount. This seminar includes snacks, lunch, certificate of completion and filing with the BFA and Insurance Provider, IBA membership and IBA e-newsletter, IBA championship eligibility & more.

 Midwest Balloon Services Minimize

*FAA Certified Repair Station since 1999

Bill and Louise Clemons
104 East Center Street
Truro, IA

As you all know, in Minnesota Hot Air Balloon Repair Stations are disappearing in the wind. In my 35+ years of having Annual Inspections done in Minnesota by some great individuals, I've watched each, one by one, retire and take down the shingle out front. I decided it was time to take a broader look at the available options. A few years ago at the National BFA Convention, when it was held in Des Moines, IA, I met Bill and Louise Clemons. We discussed doing annuals, but honestly I thought I'd never make the drive, about 5 hours to their shop in Truro, IA (1/2 hour South of Des Moines).

In the months that followed I asked the majority of balloon pilots I ran into if they could tell me something about "The Clemon's in Iowa". I heard stories about this inflator thing in the shop, "they actually inflated my envelope inside" or "you wouldn't believe the crud they got out of my burner, they even took a photo". The comment always heard, "They do a great job and good folks to work with!"

In the early months of 2015 I weathered a snow storm and headed to Truro, IA for my first annual inspection with Bill and Louise Clemons. I must admit my initial impression was a very positive one. Their shop is dedicated to Hot Air Balloons only, inspections and repairs. The floor was immaculate, spare parts locked in a storage area, webbing and generic accessories neatly organized on shelves, the work bench spotless, specialty tools hung in their dedicated space on the wall and sewing machines located close, but not in the way. In the corner there it was, an electric fan with a few custom attachments to facilitate the inflation of each envelope for a thorough internal inspection.

I was more impressed with the inspection process; each tank, cable, panel, instrument, burner, basket, batteries, paperwork, fire extinguishers, temp tabs, knots, connections, nothing was missed. The bushings on my burner frame were even upgraded. Nice to know your balloon leaves the shop in better condition than when it arrives.

As I write this I just had my second annual inspection done by Bill and Louise and I expect them to do mine for many years to come. They do the type of job you expect from the manufacturer. Thanks again!

 2018 Hudson Hot Air Affair - Touchdown XXIX Minimize

JANUARY 26-28, 2018

Presented by WESTconsin Credit Union, January 26th through 28th in Hudson, WI. Activities include a Media Flight on Friday morning and a Torchlight Parade Friday evening. Fun flights are planned for Saturday and Sunday mornings with a Moon Glow or Field of Fire held Saturday evening. If the Saturday morning flight is cancelled, the flight will be moved to the afternoon.

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*FAA Certified Repair Station since 1999

Bill and Louise Clemons
104 East Center Street
Truro, IA

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