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Balloon Museum Pod Racing & Practice Sessions

FPV Drone Racing and More!

Where Excitement, Innovation, and Achievement Meet!

In cooperation with Southwest Pod Racing (SWPR), the Balloon Museum is pleased to present Balloon Museum Pod Racing, New Mexico's only FPV drone racing series. General public spectator admission to BMPR is included with payment of your museum admission fee. Attend for free by becoming a member of the Balloon Museum!

About Balloon Museum Pod Racing

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At the Balloon Museum, our mission is to inspire a spirit of exploration, discovery, and achievement through experiences about ballooning and other innovative forms of flight.

Balloons were the first unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Today, the newest UAVs are drones, and they are rapidly becoming indispensable in many professions and industries, creating a demand for qualified pilots and technicians. They also show many promising opportunities to combine their use with other forms of aviation, such as balloons and airships, in order to solve technological problems or advance science and commerce. 

One aspect of this emerging form of aviation is First-Person-View (FPV) drone racing. In a few short years, it has become a worldwide air sport, one that is highly competitive and thrilling to watch.

In FPV drone racing, pilots fly quad-copters through gates and around flags or other obstacles at high speed. The drones are agile and fast, and pilots steer them by wearing FPV goggles that display a live video image transmitted from the drone itself.

Through Balloon Museum Pod Racing (BMPR), spectators are now able to experience it in Albuquerque on the spacious and scenic grounds of the Balloon Museum!

Mark Your Calendars

2020 Race Schedule

  • BMPR 16 -- Saturday, March 14, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Cancelled - BMPR 17 -- Saturday, May 16, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • BMPR 18 -- Saturday, July 18, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • BMPR 19 -- Saturday, September 19, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Pilot registration is $10. per race and must be paid prior to entry between the hours of 9:00 and 9:30 am on race day.  Please stop at the Balloon Museum ticket booth on race day to complete your registration form and pay your entry fee.

Click Here to read BMPR Racing Rules

To provide input or ask questions about the Rules, please email Linda Hubley, Balloon Museum Operations and Events Supervisor, [email protected]

FPV Drone Practice Sessions - Suspended due to the Coronavirus.

The Balloon Museum offers weekly FPV drone racing practice sessions. To participate in the practice sessions please submit a completed 2020 Practice Registration Form.  Regular museum admission fees must be paid upon entry for all practice sessions. If you have an active Balloon Museum Foundation Membership, admission is free.  Practice sessions are typically Tuesday through Sunday between 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM. Please note, practice sessions are scheduled around museum events and change weekly.  Check our Facebook page for current flying availability. 

Practice sessions at the Balloon Museum.

The following is required to participate in BMPR practice sessions:

  • Pay regular museum admission fees upon entry for practice dates.
  • Submit a 2020 BMPR Practice Participation Form in person at the Balloon Museum's ticket booth during regular museum hours.
  • Possess a valid AMA Membership. The Balloon Museum requires any drone pilot flying on museum grounds (for practice and racing) to have an Academy of Model Aeronautics Membership (AMA) to ensure you and your fellow pilots have a mutual respect for safety, and are covered by AMA member insurance. Click here to join the AMA. "Park Pilot" is the minimum level required. Your AMA membership card will need to be presented to museum staff or race officials on site in order for us to permit you to fly. Thank you for your cooperation.
    Note:  Pilots who possess a valid BMPR Pod Pass will be entitled to all of the benefits through the current expiration date in 2020. Pod Passes will not be renewed.