Pilot and Balloon Registration
The 2021 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta takes place between Thursday 12th and Sunday 15th August 2021
Pilots and crews wishing to take part in the 43rd Bristol International Balloon Fiesta can register their interest by filling out the form below.
Upon approval, a VAT invoice will be issued to you and payment will be required by return. Should you not meet the terms and conditions of entry, your application will be rejected by the Flying Committee.
Entry Prices and Classes of Entry for 2021
All balloons will enter the Fiesta in one of seven categories. If you have any doubt about the appropriate category for your balloon, please contact the Fiesta office for advice. If BIBF feels an accepted balloon entry is made in the wrong category, any place it allocates may be held but entry not confirmed until the category of entry is agreed. The decision of BIBF regarding categories of balloons will be final.
MODEL BALLOON: £20 inc. VAT
A Model Balloon entry applies to any homemade model balloon operated by an individual operator. For applicants who have entered a standard balloon this charge will be waived.
SPECIAL SHAPE (NON-COMMERCIAL): FOC
This classification is reserved for all Special Shape balloons that are not operated under a commercial contract and the pilot is not been paid for his/her services. If a pilot wishes to bring additional (standard) envelopes but will only be flying one envelope at any time, then only one entry is required but the additional envelope sections will need to be completed. Applicants who enter a Special Shape in this class and enter a standard second envelope will be charged as a Private Balloon entry.
PRIVATE BALLOON: £50 inc. VAT
A Private Balloon entry applies to all balloons under 120,000 cu.ft and either unmarked or carrying the logo of a non-trading organisation. If a pilot wishes to bring additional envelopes but will only be flying one envelope at any time, then only one entry is required but the additional envelope sections will need to be completed. One free tent space is included in this category if requested.
SPONSORED BALLOON: £150 + VAT
A Sponsored Balloon entry applies to any balloon that carries the logo of an actively trading organisation and is operated by a private pilot who is not paid for his/her services, other than reasonable operating expenses. (Eg, insurance, fuel, retrieve vehicle fuel). If in doubt, refer to Commercial Balloon.
COMMERCIAL SPECIAL SHAPE: £150 + VAT
A Commercial Special Shape entry applies to any special shape balloon that is operated under a commercial contract or is under the control of or owned by a balloon operating company and is flown by a commercial pilot, who is being paid for his/her services.
COMMERCIAL BALLOON: £250 + VAT
A Commercial Balloon entry applies to any balloon flown by a pilot being paid for his/her services and any balloon under the control of, or owned by a balloon operating company and any balloon that is flying their sponsor’s passengers at the Fiesta, irrespective of whom the balloon is lent to or flown by. This entry also applies to Sponsored Balloons where the pilot receives substantial help from his/her sponsor, such as complete balloon kit, trailer and retrieve vehicle.
(Declared Balloon Operators, DBO)
A Passenger Balloon entry applies to all conventional shape balloons that are flying fare paying passengers
Group A: £250 + VAT plus £10 + VAT per passenger flown at the Fiesta after the first 25
Group B: £350 + VAT plus £10 + VAT per passenger flown at the Fiesta after the first 35
Group C: £450 + VAT plus £10 + VAT per passenger flown at the Fiesta after the first 45
Group D: As for Group C. This Group may become relevant by the date of the Fiesta.