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Top Gun’s Letter of Agreement (LOA) with Albuquerque Air Traffic Control (AATC) Has Been Renewed for 2024-25

Top Gun's LOA with AATC has been renewed for 2024-25. The LOA is an agreement between AATC and Top Gun on behalf of its members that allows for flights within Albuquerque's Class C airspace without the requirement of an ADS-B transponder and excepts certain communication requirements to enter or operate within the Class C airspace. All Top Gun members who...

Congratulations Shawn Speicher First Place March

Congratulations to Shawn Speicher for placing first in Top Gun's March Flying Event. Shawn has had two great events so far this year, and he smoked the field this month scoring 4,982 out of 5,000 points available. Shawn is preparing for US Nationals in June, and I think he may be just getting warmed up! Second Place went to Keith...

Congratulations Shane Shipman First Place February Top Gun

Shane Shipman Congratulations go out to Shane Shipman for placing first in Top Gun's February flying event. Pilots had 4 tasks to complete, and Shane scored 1,000 points on two targets, a 998, and a 797. Following Shane in close second place was Natasha Stanke. John Wilson finished third. We had 16 pilots registered and 12 who flew. The winds were...

Pilot Registration is Open for the 2024 Rio Grande Classic

The 2024 Rio Grande Classic Event including the BFA/HACD sanctioned Southwest Regional Championship, and the New Mexico State Championship are coming up May 24-27, 2024! Our Event Director for this year will be Elisa Talbert! Our special thanks to Jessica Price for chairing this major balloon event! We want to thank ALL our sponsors for making this event possible! This...

2024 Top Gun Flying Events Schedule Posted

The 2024 Top Gun Flying Events Schedule has been posted to the Top Gun Website. Sunday, January 21, 2023 is our first event of the year. If you haven't renewed your membership and submitted your documents, now would be a great time to do that! Just go to the Top Gun Membership page at www.topgunballooning.org/membership/ . While your at it,...

December, 2023 Top Gun First Place, Janet Patton

December, 2023 Top Gun First Place - Congratulations Janet Patton visiting from Texas! This month's event was called by our Event Director, Stacy Eldridge. Stacy called  three tasks consisting of a PDG with a minimum altitude, a JDG gravity drop, and a JDG free marker drop. Strategy for approaching these tasks was the challenge, as the winds aloft were a...

November, 2023 Top Gun First Place, Peg Bilson

November, 2023 Top Gun First Place - Congratulations Peg Bilson! Peg trampled the field of 13 Pilots with a total score of 2,696 on the three tasks called. November was supposed to be a two day event, but the weather was not cooperating on Sunday, so Sunday's flight was called off. Our Event Director this month was Natasha Stanke. Thank...