Looking for a new bucket list activity? Add hot air ballooning to your list—and why not add paragliding and skydiving while you're at it? While going to Cappadocia, Turkey might be too last minute for experience, there's an upcoming aviation festival happening in Manila this March 6-8, 2020 at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
Continuing to spread its advocacy of volunteerism, discipline in young pilots, while spreading interest in aviation, the organizers, Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is launching “The Flying Carnival 2020: A Weekend of Almost Everything that Flies.” It is a three-day spectacle of hot air balloons, helicopters, and air sport events—combined with aviation career seminars, fly markets, food booths and family entertainment.
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Set in a more comfortable viewing space, spectators will be treated to the sight of early morning balloon flights followed by non-stop flying exhibitions—paragliding, skydiving, helicopter demonstrations, RC control line exhibitions and kite flying.
Visitors can wander through a carnival setting, with food booths and entertainment for the whole family. Aviation souvenirs and unique finds can be bought at the Fly Market, and the weekend evenings will be capped off by a magical hot air balloon nightglow and fireworks display.
Those considering a career in aviation can attend the Aviation Career Seminars to be led by renowned aviators and industry practitioners: Fighter pilots from the Philippine Air Force; Naval Air Group pilots from the Philippine Navy; a female captain from Cebu Pacific Air, and Air Traffic Controller from the Air Traffic Service. They will be joined by FAI World Record holder from Spain, Michel Gordillo; Hot Air Balloon pilot from the United Kingdom, Pete Bish; and Capt. Joy Roa of Asian Air Safari.
The seminars will be available to Business Class ticket holders. Seminar attendees will be given a certificate of completion, and can enjoy meals and gain admission to the event. But if you wish to experience the carnival in comfort can opt to get the First Class Ticket, which allows an all-access pass to the event, including meals, private viewing areas, and access to the aviation seminars and air-conditioned bazaar.
For tickets and other information, visit www.philballoonfest.net or stay up-to-date with event info by following @PIHABF on Facebook, and @philballoonfest on Instagram.
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