Balloon Flight Crew Licence - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to operate as a commercial pilot or as a flight radiotelephone operator on a hot air balloon. You will not require this licence if you are performing an activity essential to the operation of an Australian balloon during flight time if you:

  • are accompanied by an authorised balloon flight instructor and are receiving balloon flying training or
  • are attempting a flight test for this licence.

Once you are a holder of this licence you can apply for the following balloon flight crew ratings:

  • a flight instructor (balloon) rating and
  • a balloon grade of night Visual Flight Rules (VFR) rating.

You may also be approved to give balloon flying training for the issue of a balloon flight crew rating. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Hold a current class 1 or 2 medical certificate or be exempt from holding one;
  • Possess knowledge of the English language that is sufficient to enable you to exercise safely the authority given by the licence;
  • Be suitably qualified;
  • Have passed the relevant flight tests and examinations; and
  • Be a suitable person.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified on the licence or until cancelled.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Balloon Flight Crew Licence Application - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Civil Aviation Act 1988 AG

Regulation(s) name

Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 AG

Administering agency

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Industry Permissions

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries, CASA Licensing and Registration Centre (CLARC)

Industry Permissions

Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Mailing address: GPO BOX 2005
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6217 1449
Phone: 1300 737 032
Fax: 1300 737 187