Balloon Safety
by Thomas S. McConnell, M.D.


176 pages
$20.00/PB (978-1-890689-45-9)

Balloon Safety is a collection of safety materials that author Tom McConnell has used in safety seminars since 1979; topics include weather, first aid, crews, wind, and many more topics. Although this would be a book that pilots and crews who fly in the Albuquerque area or the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta would find useful, the tips and strategies would be good for anyone flying a hot air balloon.

"Balloon Safety is not light bedside reading. It is a compilation of seminar subjects and accident reconstructions all with one common theme, safety. It is not a book to be read in the common sense, i.e., from front to back cover. Instead it is, like its author, an educational resource. Pick a subject of interest, find the chapter that discusses it, then read and learn. ... any balloon club or other group of aeronauts could easily use this guide to create a quality safety seminar." -- Ballooning, May/June 2009

Thirty-three years in the Department of Pathology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, sub-specializing in Laboratory Utilization, Problem Based Learning, Cytogenetics and Cancer Genetics (retired 1998) and thirty-nine years flying the Zia hot-air balloon, Tom McConnell has been participating in balloon safety seminars since 1979. His ballooning activities have included flying in several western states, 2nd President of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association®(1974) and member of the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® (President in 1992) since 1979. Honors include AIBF Hall of Fame, the Snowmass Trophy, the Sid Cutter Award and the AIBF Heritage Pin Award.