The Australian Ballooning Federation (ABF) administers recreational ballooning to standards approved by CASA. Recreational ballooning refers to pilots who hold a private balloon certificate issued by the Australian Ballooning Federation but do not carry fare-paying passengers.
When over populated areas balloons must fly at least 1000 feet above ground level. When over other areas balloons are not required to observe a minimum height.
More detailed advice can be found in CAAP 157-1(0) - Balloon flight over populous areas.
Balloon pilots can only land on private property if they, or their support vehicle driver, have permission from the property owner. Permission is not required in emergencies or if no other landing site is available.
Pilots are required to plan for their flight based on forecast meteorological conditions. However, changes in wind conditions could alter the balloon's navigational tracking from that originally planned.
If property owners are concerned about balloon operations, they should first contact the local commercial balloon operator or the ABF. If the issue cannot be resolved, property owners can contact CASA.
The Australian Ballooning Federation and commercial operators maintain a register of sensitive and prohibited areas where property owners have requested that pilots do not land, or observe a minimum height when flying overhead.
CASA regulates commercial balloon operations such as those carrying fare-paying passengers on scenic flights. Commercial operations require an air operator certificate (AOC) and the pilot must hold a CASA-issued Commercial Pilot Licence (Balloon). For more information on commercial ballooning contact CASA on 131 757.