2016 Rio Grande Classic

Dear Aeronaut, as we near Memorial Day Weekend, we are excited to celebrate another year of great competition at the Rio Grande Classic. This letter is to give you the final rally plan, logistics and schedule of events.
Schedule of Events:  Attached is a schedule of events.  All briefing/debriefing activities will take place at the Club Rio Rancho, 500 Country Club Dr SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Refueling location to be announced at master briefing. Please note that due to club and alcohol restrictions, outside food and drink are prohibited on the premises of Club Rio Rancho.   We are excited to use this beautiful facility and appreciate your respect of our hosts during this event.



Registration:  Pilot Registration (5pm – 6:30 pm) & Welcome Party (5pm – 8pm) will take place in the Lobo Room at Club Rio Rancho on Friday, May 27th. Light snacks will be provided, cash bar.
Please be sure to bring all required paperwork (pilot certificate, registration, airworthiness certificate and logbooks showing flight review and balloon annual).


Mandatory Briefing:
A mandatory pilot briefing will take place on Friday at 6:45 pm at Club Rio Rancho.

Rules & Digital Maps:
Available for download here. Pilots who paid for paper maps will receive them at registration.



Social Activities: Competitors, crew, volunteers and sponsors have use of the patio area with cash bar after each flight.

Sunday Pool Party at Club Rio Rancho: 2pm – 6pm

Monday Awards Brunch at Club Rio Rancho : 3 tickets per team provided, additional tickets may be purchased for $10 each. We’d like to get a firm number of attendees for the Monday morning brunch. Please let us know by return email by Monday, May 23rd, if you plan to attend and/or if you will need extra tickets.



Accommodations: Extended Stay America, 2608 American Rd NW, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, has offered rooms at a 15% discount off of their regular rate (your cost $55.24). Please mention Rio Grande Classic for your discount. (505) 792-1338



We are looking forward to seeing you all again over Memorial Day Weekend and enjoying another year of excellent weather and great competition.