June 12, 2016

written by
Grant McHerron

CASA's AC-131 and proposed CTAF changes at Narromine/Dubbo & Benalla/Wangaratta

Please be aware that CASA have released updated & new information of interest to balloonists in two recent publications.

Update to Advisory Circular 131-01:

Advisory Circular 131-01 replaced CAAP 41-1(1) back in April 2016 and was updated in June 2016. AC 131-01 contains an overview of the rules & regulations covering balloon airworthiness, maintenance, logbooks and fan operations. All balloon owners, operators, pilots & crew should read this AC, especially the final section on fan operations.

You can find AC 131-01 on the CASA website at:

Proposed CTAF Changes at Narromine/Dubbo and Benalla/Wangaratta:

CASA is proposing to change the CTAF frequencies at Narromine & Dubbo and at Benalla & Wangaratta. In order to improve safety in relation to instrument approach procedure changes the airport pairs are to have the same CTAF frequency.

It is important for balloonists that operate at or near either of these airport pairs to be aware of the proposed change. You should read the overview provided by CASA and contact them if you have any comment on the matter

You can access information about the proposed change on CASA's website at:

October 11, 2015

written by
Grant McHerron


The ABF Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 21 November 2015 at 2:00pm. The exact location is yet to be determined but is expected to be in Canberra, ACT.  Once the location has been confirmed you will be advised well in advance. 

Members are invited to attend the AGM and encouraged to stand for a position on the ABF committee or nominate a Member for a position.  Please click here to download the AGM Advice and Nomination Form.

Nominations should be forwarded by mail, fax, emailed PDF or hand delivered to the National Administrator to arrive at the National Office no later than close of business 5:00pm on Friday 22nd October, 2015. 

We look forward to your contribution. 

Best regards