Pilots Corner

Repair Station Information

What is a Repair station?

The person performing any kind of non-preventative maintenance must be licensed by the United States Federal Aviation Administration.


Red Baron Balloon Corps, LLC, certified repair stations #R4BR027N serving the area since 1994. Our chief inspector has been inspecting since 1987. All aircraft, hot air balloons, included, are required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be inspected and repaired by qualified inspectors and mechanics. Inspections must occur at least annually, if not sooner. RBBC, LLC remains Southwestern Ohio’s sole FAA-Certified repair facility. We service our fleet as well as our ride and advertising competitors. The repair station wouldn’t be a repair station with out the personnel. All inspectors must also be FAA-Certified inspectors in or to obtain authority to carry out inspections and repairs on any aircraft. FAA requirements dictate that licensed inspectors obtain at minimum number of years of supervised training and our inspectors have been in the business for more than 25 years, each! We currently retain four licensed inspectors and some have been in the business as far back as the 1970’s.

What does this mean to you?

This means that our fleet of balloons, currently numbering ten - worldwide, are serviced and maintained routinely, much more frequently than the FAA minimums and have set the high standard for hot air balloon maintenance anywhere around! As a CRS, you must expect our fleet to be held to the highest standards available.