The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is on it’s 20th year! It’ll be a weekend of everything that flies from February 11-14, 2016 at Clarkfield Pampanga.
The annual fiesta is an opportunity to share and exchange cultures and traditions with visiting pilots from all over the world. The fiesta’s longtime objective is to instill discipline in participating young pilots so they can develop into safe aviators, as well as to impart a spirit volunteerism and cooperation to the whole community.
We’re looking forward to this activity since Jael has been wanting to fly a kite. We’ll get to see the pros in action and watch them fly fly away.
Hot Air Ballooning
With the many designs that have been created we can’t wait to see what hot air balloon designs they’ll be featuring this year! You can even ride a hot air balloon if you’ve got the stomach for it!
Another exciting event to watch for as you watch flying maneuvers that involve aircraft altitudes not used in normal flight.
This has been on my bucket list since forever and I’m not sure I would have the guts to actually go through with it!
Other activites to look forward to:
General Aviation Formation Flying
General Aviation Balloon Bursting
Radio Controlled Aircraft
Search & Rescue Flight Demonstrations
Chase Crew & Off Road Driving
Microlight & Ultralight Flying
Don’t forget to check out the Fiest Fly Market which has a big selection of food, refreshments, all kinds of merchandise, local goods, balloon fiesta souvenirs and more!
By Public Transport
Clark is approximately 80km north of Manila and may be reached by land or air. Public buses travel on a daily basis. Ride a Victory Liner bus bound for Dagupan and go down at Dau common terminal.
Walk a bit towards the highway where jeepneys or tricycle are available. These public utility vehicles can take you to Clark.
Getting to the Clark Freeport Zone, otherwise known as the Clark Special Economic Zone by car is easy. Simply take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and exit at Dau, Mabalacat. After your exit, a left turn towards Angeles City, and a little Angeles City/Dau traffic, will bring you to within an easy right turn of the Clark Zone itself.
The trip should take about an hour and a half from Manila without heavy traffic.
You can hop on regular commercial flights to Clark International Airport. Carriers that land at Clark are Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia, and Tiger Airways.