Welcome to the PCA

Who we are:

The Pacific Coast Aeronauts (PCA) is a California based ballooning club made up of hot air balloon enthusiasts. We were established in 1985 and approved as a 501c7 nonprofit social club in 1996. Our membership now extends throughout California, Nevada, Oregon and other states around the country.

What we do:

Our ballooning club encourages members to get out there and fly! We want to “float” above various locations around the West Coast, promoting our sport and our club. Members can frequently be found flying any fair-weather weekend from launch sites in Morgan Hill, Tracy, Lincoln, Clovis/Fresno and many others. We hold semi-monthly meetings featuring lively discussion about the fun and challenges of ballooning. We also sponsor and organize balloon events throughout the year, as well as an annual hot air balloon safety seminar.

Why we do it:

Our ballooning club’s purpose it to provide an outlet for all enthusiasts of hot air ballooning. Whether you are a pilot, crew person, spectator or not yet involved, we want to provide a forum to share information about ballooning. We want to encourage continued education about our sport, Federal Air Regulation changes, share flying updates and promote great landowner relations in our local communities. Our goal is to have great times with safe and soft landings every flight!

PCA Balloons at Prosser Reservoir
PCA Balloons at Prosser Reservoir - Truckee, CA


  • New PTS Documents for LTA Checkrides
    Effective May 31,2024

    The FAA has published new Practical Test Standards/PTS to be used for both Private and Commercial LTA Checkrides. The old Private and Commercial PTS with effective dates of 1996 and 1997 will not be current after the new documents are effective.

    Read the full update here...