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Black Hills Hot Air Ballooning Safety Seminar
There will be a variety of guest speakers and topics throughout the all-day event.
Date and Time:
Saturday, January 22, 2022, starting at 07:30 Mountain Standard Time Download Calendar File
Various Guest Speakers
Brief Description:

Safety ballooning requires advance planning, skill, knowledge, and good decision making.  This unique safety event will include breakout sessions.  Discussions will include the accident investigative process and wreckage examination.

The following are a list of presenters:

  • Mark West, Repair Station Expert
  • Kay West, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner
  • Dwight Pladsen, FAA Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Brian Nelson, Propane Expert
  • Brant Beckman, Weather Expert
  • Tim Behlings, First Responders
  • Paul Meier, Custer County Search & Rescue
  • Blair Waite, Law Enforcement
  • Elijah Kitzman, Ground Crew Expert
  • Raven Rush, Eye Witness Expert
  • Luke Burris, Eye Witness Expert

NOTE: For those wishing to obtain the Basic, Advanced, and Master WINGS credit, you will need to attend this entire all-day event. 

"Prior to attending this safety event, please review and abide by current CDC, State, and Local Health guidelines."   

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Location of Seminar:
Custer County Courthouse / Annex Library Building
447 Crook Street #1

Custer, SD 57730
Directions to Venue:

This all-day event (7:30am - 4:30pm) will take place in the Custer County Courthouse Annex Library Building.

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Fly-in Seminar?:
50 seats at the facility, 48 remaining for online registration.
Registration Information:
Seminar has passed.
Sponsoring Division:
South Dakota FAASTeam
Contact Information:
Damien Mahony
Phone: (605) 673-2520
Additional Event Information & Acknowledgement of Industry Sponsor(s):

A special thanks to Black Hills Balloons for help in sponsoring this event.

"Prior to attending this safety event, please review and abide by current CDC, State, and Local Health guidelines."

Equal Access Information:
The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) is committed to providing equal access to this meeting/event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please communicate your request as soon as possible with the person in the “Contact Information” area of the meeting/event notice. Note that two weeks is usually required to arrange services.
Credit Applicability:
1 Credit for Basic Knowledge Topic 3
Advanced WINGS
1 Credit for Advanced Knowledge Topic 1
Master WINGS
1 Credit for Master Knowledge Topic 1
FAASTeam Project Information:
NPP14, NPP15, NPP40
National Project:
Topic of the Month
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