Weather & Other Links, Mainly of Interest to Pilots


If you plan on flying in or around the vicinity of Topeka, please contact us at We would like to fly with you, crew for you, or share some information about our flying area.

Local Weather Quick Links (Other Areas HERE)

Air Sports - FORBES

Blastvalve LAMP - FORBES


Carlton - FORBES


Observations - FORBES

NWS Planner

Air Sports - BILLARD

Blastvalve LAMP - BILLARD


Carlton - BILLARD


Observations - BILLARD

NWS Maps

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Click HERE to remind you why you should tie off for EVERY inflation.

Weather Links

DUATS on the Web  -  Get your official, FAA certified briefing online rather than calling 1-800-WXBRIEF.

NWS Topeka's Balloon Forecast - Developed for us by our friends at the local forecast office (THANKS A LOT!!)    *info

Air Sports  -  KFOE  -  KTOP  - Detailed aviation minded local 3 day weather forecast page.

Blastvalve  -  KFOE  -  KTOP  -  Layout and information similar to Air Sports, made for balloonists, by balloonists.

Blastvalve LAMP  -  KFOE  -  KTOP  -  Localized Aviation MOS Program hour by hour forecast for the next 25 hours.

Weather Underground  -  KFOE  -  KTOP  -  Current conditions, 7 day forecasts and access to PWS reports all over the city.

Ryan Carlton  -  KFOE  -  KTOP  -  Detailed 5 hour temperature, wind direction, and wind speed forecast.

BFA RUC Winds - KFOE - KTOP - Detailed 5 hour temperature, wind direction and wind speed forecast.

NWS Observations  -  KFOE  -  KTOP  -  Hourly weather observations for the last 3 days.

NWS Activity Planner  -  Graphical 7 day forecast with editable inputs, click on the chart for the tubular display.

NWS Maps  - Portal to NOAA's national maps and regional information.

NWS Graphical Forecast  -  Usually updated every hour, interactive graphical weather forecast.

Intellicast  -  Detailed hourly weather forecasts and current conditions.

The Weather Channel  -  Local weather observations, conditions, and forecasts provided by TWC.


Sectional, Airspace, & Map Links

SkyVector - Shows current weather conditions for airports along with detailed sectional charts.

Avn WX - Shows current weather conditions for airports and other weather stations.

Lloyd Bailey - State by state 3D views of airspace in Google Earth.

Continuing Education


Balloon Flying Handbook (FAA)

BFA Weather - Sources and information

Cloud Types

PilotFriend  - Tips for reading sectional charts



IMC Balloon Agency

The Schantz Agency

Forms & Reference Materials


NTSB Form 6120.1  -  Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report

NASA Form ARC 277B  -  When and why should you use this form?  Find out HERE

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