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Hot Aero | Gear and resources for balloonists.

We have combined our StudentBalloonist.com site with the shop for a cleaner experience. We are cutting back on the number of products offered on the site to what we keep in stock to allow for faster ship times, although we still offer all items not listed as well as custom sewing projects if requested via email. As always we are here to assist balloonists and balloonists-to-be in anyway we can, regardless of whether you purchase anything from us. Feel free to get in touch anytime and if we can’t answer your question we will connect you with someone that can.

As this site has been rebuilt and relaunched, you may notice things being moved around and tweaked over the next few days. You may also need to clear your web cache if you’ve visited before so that your browser does not autocomplete to links from the prior site. The checkout process is through the same provider as always and takes place via the store’s third party encrypted Shopify site.

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Private Pilot Practice

The exam has been broken up into categories. You can choose to strengthen individual areas with short 20 question quizzes, or practice the full 60 question exam covering all categories. Although specific figures may change, each question is directly from practice test banks and nearly identical in structure and wording to the questions you’ll find on the FAA’s private written exam for balloons with an airborne heater.

If you spot a mistake, a glitch, or any other error please feel free to contact us at help@hotaero.com
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Full Practice Exam

Full simulation covering all categories.


FAA general rules and regulations.

LTA Operations

Actual balloon flight operations.

Flight Instruments

Using and reading in-flight info.


Aviation weather and forecasting.

Airport Operations

Proper procedures in controlled airspace.