Volume 106 Issue 09 September 2006
A monthly publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association & Education Foundation
Inside this issue: August Flying Results First Place: Phred McAllaster Second Place: Randy Myklebust
Board Member Roster
Calendar of Events
Birthdays / New Members / Silent Burner
Short Blasts / Silent Burner
Letters to the Editor
Sunrise / Sunset Calendar
Third Place: Paul English
Just Passing The Sweet Spot August AAAA Flying Event Photo by: Bob Carstensen
The Next General Meeting will be Tuesday September 26, 2006 at Gardunos on the Green 7:00 PM Following the AIBF Video at 6:02 PM
Annual Inspections and Repairs for All Balloon Manufacturers New and Used Balloon Sales Balloon Accessories
121 Mountain Park Pl. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114 www.superiaire.com
Advertising Rates Full Page … .$110.00 Half Page …. $55.00 Quarter Page $28.00
Eighth Page …$14.00
Classified Ads are $2.00 - per 50-character line prepaid only. Special - Special Run the same ad for 6 issues and get the 7th ad free!! —— All ads must be prepaid —— Mail check or money order to: AAAA Cloudbouncer P.O. Box 90160 Albuquerque, NM 87199-0160
Volume 106 Issue 09
AAAA Organization President: Debbie Fowler
Vice-President: Blair Kaufman
Phone: (505) 239-1146
Phone (505) 256-1477
Secretary / Membership: Kay Sant
Treasurer: Lyn Kirkwood
Phone (505) 296-6601
Phone (505) 897-1948
Flying Events: Randy Myklebust
Community Relations: Al Lowenstein
Phone (505) 896-3249
Phone (505) 856-2575
Education: Barbara Fricke Phone (505) 265-2865 firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Warren King Phone (505)898-7097 email@example.com Cloudbouncer: Jim Martin
Crew Development: Debbie Reynolds Phone (505) 884-3136 firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone (505) 822-1226 email@example.com Special Events: Lorie Guthrie Phone (505) 899-0534
Ways & Means: Debbie Tennis
Phone (505) 281-9772
Phone (505) 296-3505
The Cloudbouncer is a monthly publication of the AAAA Education Foundation, P.O. Box, 90160, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87199-0160 Subscription rate is $17.00 per year and is free to AAAA members in good standing.
The AAAA Education Foundation strives to provide the most valuable forum possible for the free exchange of information within the AAAA. Therefore, acceptance of advertising cannot imply endorsement of products of services by AAAA nor the Cloudbouncer editor or staff. Opinions presented in the Cloudbouncer in informational contributions, articles, letters and editorials are solely the opinions of the authors and do not express the official view of AAAA. We authorize the reprinting of any original work in this newsletter, please credit the author and AAAA Cloudbouncer as the source.
Please send articles and photos that can be electronically transmitted to our dedicated email address at AAAAcloudbouncer@marchco.com Persons whose articles are published are eligible for a special Cloudbouncer appreciation pin. Deadline for all submissions is the Friday after the General Meeting. Articles received after the deadline will be published in a future issue. Our website is http://hotairballooning.org/
Presidents Corner Hi everybody, welcome to the end of August and the beginning of “the season.” I made a promise to myself when we moved here I would never talk “bad” about rain……I gotta tell ya’, my patience is being tried this summer!!! Here is a short recap on what our members have been up to this summer. Our first flying event back in Rio Rancho was a big success, Thank You to everyone that came to play! It sure was nice to see everybody out actually flying off “the hill” and returning to tailgate. Our new best friend Darrin (with the brush hog) and fellow club members, Randy, Sue, Mary Jo, John, and Bob, mowed, weed wacked, and drug (?) the field so there were places to inflate our balloons. The Smokehouse of Rio Rancho was a welcomed vendor, and will be returning for more events. They will be at the Blue Corn Rally, too. DPS Rio Rancho, was there too, and had quite a few parents take them up on making children’s ID cards. Officers Casaus and Elder made sure each photo had a balloon in the background, how cool is that!!! And last but not least, Fresh N Clean!!! Kudos to the Flying Events Committee for arranging all of the above, and Kudos also to The Cultural Enrichment Department (Parks and Recs) of Rio Rancho for the help, advertising, and support for this event. Then, a bunch of us members invaded KNME not once but twice this month to help with their pledge drive. Thank You to Debbie Reynolds for “hookin’ us up” and to the following club members: Ray and Carol Bair, Alice Huss, Barbara Fricke, Peter Cuneo, Cyndie Patrick, Elise Trillanes, Pam McCarty, Phred McAllaster, Lichele Peete, Sam Tzamaloukas, Nancy Johnson, Clarke and Ailene O’Byrne (sorry your phone never rang Clarke!!) Clare Wade-Callihan, and Jane Schill. It was definitely 2 fun things to do to help out in the community and to “get our AAAA name out.” In September, Education and Crew Committee is holding a crew seminar on the 8th, with a “crew experience” the very next day at out Hero’s Flying Event at Balloon Fiesta Park. Don’t want to miss your chance to brush up on crewing. Pilots, maybe you want to take your entire crew to the seminar…… And finally, PLEASE remember there is only one showing of “THE MOVIE” at our September general meeting. Don’t be late! And of course Ways and Means will be having their famous raffle. Call Deb Tennis if you have any “goodies” for the raffle. I got some neat stuff last year…… See you all out and about, safe flying, and remember…HAVE FUN! Deb
Volume 106 Issue 09
Schedule of Events September 2006 • September 2-3 10th Annual Blue Corn Harvest Festival 40 Balloons at the Rio Rancho Balloon Field Contact Clare Wade-Callihan 505-343-9100 firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Hansen email@example.com • September 9th AAAA Heroes Flying event at AIBF. • September 9th & 10th 28th annual Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta Elephant Butte NM Contact: Lorretta Delamere at The Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce 505-744-4708 or firstname.lastname@example.org • September 9th & 10th South Plains Balloon Round Up Wolfforth/Lubbock TX 30-50 Balloons in Conjunction with Wolfforth Harvest Festival. Contact Tony M. Poteet at 806-863-2856 email email@example.com or website www.swrbc.com for more information. • September 16th Central New Mexico Junior College balloon Rally. 40 balloons Contact Dr. Rudy Garcia at 505224-3068 or 505-385-9428 email firstname.lastname@example.org • September 16 - 17 15th annual White Sands Balloon Invitational White Sands NM Contact Pat Raub at 505437-3500 or Ed Brabson at 505-434-3600
Schedule of Events October 2006
• October 6-15 The Big One 35th Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 750 Balloons Contact Pam McCarty at 505-821-1000 or Pmccarty@balloonfiesta.com Or Pat Brake at email@example.com
October 2006 Sun
Key to Colors
BOARD MEETING DATES FOR 2006: By Kay Sant , Secretary Editors Note: If you know of other rallies please forward the information on to me so that I can add them to our calendars.
All meetings will be at Garduno’s on the Green at 6:00 P.M. Board meetings are open to all members.
August Committee Reports Board meeting minutes August 14, 2006 By Kay Sant Debbie Fowler called the meeting to order at 6:04 P.M. Board Members present: Debbie Fowler, Blair Kaufman, Lyn Kirkwood, Kay Sant, Lorie Guthrie, Debbie Tennis, Barbara Fricke and Randy Mykleburst Board Members absent: Debbie Reynolds and Al Lowenstein Guest: Phred McAllaster, Pam McCarty, Pam Micker and Rolinda Tzamaloukas Minutes for the July board meeting were read and approved. New members names were read and approved, 4 in all see this Cloudbouncer. Lyn passed out copies of the treasure report, which was read and approved. Committee Reports: Programs: Blair reported that Dave Tennis would be talking about the CV22 Ospray aircraft at the August meeting and the September program would be the safety video by AIBF. He also said that he is looking for people who have been to different Balloon Rally’s who would like to report on them. He is looking for subjects for the programs if any one has an idea please contact Blair. Flying Events: Randy reported that the August Flying Event went well, with 43 registered pilots and 11 making the target. He reported that they had collected a lot of school supplies and wanted to Thank Everyone. The September event will be at Balloon Fiesta Park, Saturday September 9th Registration 6:15 and Briefing 6:45 A.M. They still need Pilots to sign up to fly a Hero, please contact Randy. Education: Barbara reported at their last meeting the committee worked on the Pre Fiesta Crew Seminar and the Fiesta Seminar. Things are progressing well on both. That there next meeting will be September 11th, 6:30pm at Gadunio’s on the Green. Ways and Means: Debbie reported that pin sales are going well. There were 25 numbered and framed set of this years pins made and that they are selling fast only a few left. They are only $75.00. Flockings are still going well. The Committee’s next meeting will be Tuesday, September 12th, 6 pm at Gadunio’s on the Green. Operating Rules Committee: Debbie reported that the committee is working hard at combining and editing the rules to make them friendlier and confirm with the current Bylaws. New Business: A motion to take out, “a copy of the bylaws” from page 10 & 11 item B of the operating rules, items sent to new members, as they can be down loaded from the web site. Passed There was a discussion about ways to raise money for the software to make the web site a store and to have new volunteer pins made. Meeting adjourned at 7:35 P.M.
General meeting minutes August 22, 2006 By Kay Sant President Debbie Fowler called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
Volume 106 Issue 09
August Committee Reports Board members absent: Lyn Kirkwood Guest: none New Pilots: none New Balloons: “Pink”, Cameron, owner Jessica Steyerman New Members: 7 new members names were read, see new members this issue. Committee reports: Flying Events: Randy reported that the next flying event will be to honor our local Heroes and they still need more pilots to volunteer to fly some Heroes. Contact Lichele Peete, phone: 822-0091 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will be September 9th, Balloon Fiesta Park, registration 6:15 and pilot briefing 6:45. Education: Paul Hansen reported that they were putting the final touches on the chase crew and fiesta seminars. Crew Development: Debbie R. reported that the Chase Crew Seminar would be September 8th and 9th, and that the committee had Chase Crew log books for sale. Ways and Means: Phred McAllaster reported that pin sales were going great and you are running out of time to get your Flocking order in for Fiesta or buy your Flocking insurance for Fiesta. Then Phred and Sam Tzamaloukas threw some hats and t-shirts to the audience. (If you are not coming to the meeting you are missing out on a lot of things, because I think that it should be called the “Phred and Sam Show”, not Ways and Means, you just don’t know what they are going to do next and their report is always entertaining. Their report alone is worth coming to the meetings.) They also reminded everyone to bring things to the next meeting for the raffle. Special Events: Lori reported that things for the AAAA Pilot Tent at Fiesta were going well. They are really looking for someone who can help donate fruit, as the person that they had be using for the last few years is no longer doing it. Jim Martin reported on the Cloudbouncer, thanking everyone who was now getting the electronic version, that he only had to have 250 hard copies made this month. Al Lowenstein gave the safety tip of the month on why pilots should instruct. You should instruct your crew, people watching and even yourself. Other Balloon Organizations: AIBF: Cheryl Lete, this years Balloon Meistern reminded everyone that there would only be one showing of the Fiesta Safety Film next month before the meeting. It will be at 6:00 P.M. and there will not be one after the meeting. BFA: Ray Bair reported that it looks like BFA will be having a national convention in the spring of 2008. That 4 local people had been appointed as consultants on this convention. They are Debbie Fowler, Kevin Cloney, Matt Guthrie and Troy Bradly. Top Gun: Blair Kaufman report that Top Gun was always looking for pilots who wanted to fly completions. Gas Ballooning: Peter Cuneo reported that the Gordon Bennett would be held Sept. 9th, 10th & 11th if you would like to track it go to www.gasballon.be. Business part of the meeting adjourned at 7:40. Program was Dave Tennis about the CV22 Ospray aircraft. Door Prize drawing and meeting adjourned at 8:20 P.M.
Cloudbouncer Report By: Jim Martin Last month we mailed out 253 Cloudbouncers. I actually had 275 copies printed but mailed 253. There will not be a Cloudbouncer next month in keeping with the tradition of not publishing during Fiesta. Last year I did an issue to make up for the lack of issues the previous year.
August Committee Reports Crew Development Report By: Debbie Reynolds No Report Received
Education Committee By: Barbara Fricke Fiesta Seminar will be Tuesday, Oct. 10 at UNM Continuing Education Building. The presentation will be around weather and weather effects on balloons. Topics like micrometeorology, outflow from thunderstorms, weather related balloon accidents, Flight Service Station, plus FAA question and answer session. Representatives from IMC Balloon Agency and The Schantz Agency will be available during the seminar. Sign up now. Next meeting: September 11, 6:30pm at Gardunioâ€™s on the Green. Everyone is welcome.
Flying Events Report By: Randy Myklebust As you all know the July event got cancelled because of bad weather, it rained and rained some more. The August event was wonderful. The crews and pilots did GREAT, everyone brought out lots and lots of school supplies for the kids. The balloon basket was overflowing with paper, notebooks, pens, pencils & lots of other stuff that any kid would be happy to get for school. The Rio Rancho Public Safety Department was out doing the kid Ident program, The Smokehouse was out with delicious food. A total of 43 registered Pilots were there. Out of that 13 scored. There were a number of disqualifications for various reasons. One was, even though you are sooo close you could land on the target, you just aren't supposed to do that. He did keep the Scoring Officials on their toes !!! 1st place Phred McAllasater 2nd place Randy Myklebust 3rd place Paul English Next month we get to Fly out of Balloon Fiesta Park for the Hero's Event on Saturday September the 9th Registration will begin at 6:15 and Pilot briefing will start at 6:45 am PLEASE DON'T BE LATE If you are not signed in by 6:45 when the briefing starts, your score will not count. Pat Chando was the Hare for the August 2006 Flying Event held in Rio Rancho. Forty six pilots registered (they signed in with both their signature and their N-number) and 9 pilots scored within regulation. Make sure you sign in and donâ€™t land in the target area.
Volume 106 Issue 09
August Committee Reports The scores are: BAGGIE 20 7 10 31 17 103 8 4 33
PILOT NAME McAllaster, Phred Myklebust, Randy English, Paul DeGraff, Trudy Garcia, Jerry Cuneo, Peter Garcia, Greg Mason, Bob Kaufman, Blair
DISTANCE 1.75 2.4167 10.1667 46.5 51.0833 53.125 70.4167 82.75 178.75
Score 1000 999.3449 991.7301 956.0305 951.5271 949.521 932.5309 920.4127 826.087
The rest of the pilots that signed in and will receive points are: Ashworth, Jeff; Bair, Ray; Bradshaw, Sam; Bragg, Don; Byer, Randy; Cloney, Kevin; Coffing, Steve; Conrad, Murray; Covington, Diana; Fleetwood, Karen; Freedman, Neil; Gilles, Jeff; Graff, Gerry; Guthrie, Matt; Hansen, Paul; Hartshorn, Sharon; Harusha, Garry; Hooten, Jeff; Humiston, Hank; Kennedy, Craig; Korfe, Helen; Korfe, Michael; Lowenstein, Al; Ludberg, Chuck; Martin, James; Nakamura, Judy; Paulk, Ken; Portmore, Rick; Sanchez, Ronald L.; Schroeder, T. Tom; Steele, Wayne; Takach, Keith; Tennis, David; Trillanes, Mark; Tzamaloukas, Rolinda; Wade-Callihan, Clare; and Wilson, Kurt. The overall scores will be posted on the AAAA website after the September event.
By: Lichele Peete Great flying back in Rio Rancho everything went well! It was a beautiful day and the winds cooperated. Over 40 pilots signed in and 8 scored with the top three places going to Phred McAllaster in first, Randy Myklebust in second and Paul English in third. Thanks to the many people that helped make the event a success: All the pilots and crew for donating the school supplies â€“ Rio Rancho Schools were very appreciative. Madame President Fowler for securing the location and working diligently with the Private owners. Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety for doing Kid Identifications â€“ making sure to get a balloon in the background of each kid. The Smokehouse for bringing out breakfast burritos, coffee and hot chocolate. City of Rio Rancho for advertising and getting media to the event and providing trash cans. Fresh and Clean for providing the much needed porta-potties. Roadrunner Tractor Service for helping clear the field. SuperiAire for donating the basket that was filled with school supplies from pilots and crew to the point of overflowing. Trillanes Agency for the use of their signs for the August flying event.
Short Blasts / Silent Burner September Hero’s Event – WE NEED PILOTS! Please let Lichele Peete or Randy Myklebust know if you are able to take up Hero’s on Saturday, September 9th. The event will be at Balloon Fiesta Park Pilot Registration will be at 6:15, pilot briefing will begin promptly at 6:45. A reminder if you are not signed in when briefing begins you must get an individual briefing from the Ballonmiester or Randy Myklebust (at their discretion) to be allowed to sign in under the waiver and participate in the event; otherwise you may fly, but have to comply with the FAR’s and you will not be allowed to participate in the task/scoring. Any questions please see Deb Fowler or Randy Myklebust. Flyers for the Hero’s event are available; please contact Lichele at LPBalloon@aol.com, if you would like an electronic version mailed to you. Future Events – Flying Events committee is working on the November and December Flying Events details to come. There is no flying event in October due to FIESTA! The Flying Event committee will meet at Applebee’s on San Mateo and Academy on Sunday, September 24th, dinner at 6:00 and meeting starting at 6:30. We are still looking for additional committee members, so if you are interested, please come or let Randy or Lichele know.
Community Relations Report By Al Lowenstein The Juvenile Diabetes Walk has requested two balloons to tether on Saturday September 16th, at Fiesta Park. The tether would be from 8am until 10am, with the walk starting at 10am. Pilots will be provide food and drinks. The Wells Fargo balloon will be there, but they are asking for two additional ones. If you can help, please contact Jamie Gardner, 934-2525. A new group, NM Xtreme Sports has made a request for a donated ride for a fundraiser, and a tether as part of their Xtreme scavenger hunt. The letter and request is posted separately in CB. If you can help, please contact them directly. It sounds as this group is working to help our youth reach out and participate in healthy, high energy sports. Ballooning is one of these! The Windtalker anemometer has not been fixed. I have been in contact with the actual manufacturer of the unit (not the same as the WT manufacturer) and they do offer replacements, but nothing better. I am sending one to them for evaluation to try and find out why they are failing here. It has been on my rooftop for less than a year and is almost non-rotational! So until this is resolved, use the wind speed information with caution. A solution may be a completely new station, of a different manufacturer, but that is not a cheap option. No “bad” reports this month on our hotline, so that is a good thing. Keep flying safely, and keep your envelope dry! We are all being invited to participate in FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE GLOBOS CONOCE COAHUILA, CELE-
Volume 106 Issue 09
Short Blasts / Silent Burner BRANDO EL CENTENARIO in Torreon, MX right after fiesta. This is a no cost rally. You will board a touring bus at Fiesta Field on Tuesday, October 17th, ride in luxury to Torreon while your system rides inside a semi. Three mornings of flying, 4 nights of accommodations, propane, tours, hospitality etc. are all included. They will bring you back to Fiesta Field on Monday, October 22nd. Yes, it is right after fiesta, and we will be tired. However, no driving, no wear and tear on your vehicle and you can relax and recover on the trip down. Sounds like a lot of fun, and a good way to have a vacation after the 10 days of fiesta. Why am I pushing it? Because it sounds great, and they need more pilots to make it happen! For further information, go to www.festivalballoonmexico.com.
Ways and Means By: Debbie Tennis
If you are considering a flamingo flocking at fiesta you need to get if booked right away. See the ad’s in this issue of the Cloudbouncer. You will be seeing PINK a lot during fiesta; don’t miss this opportunity to support AAAA. The fourth (Turkey Toss) of the 2006 pins will be available at the September flying event and thereafter at the flying events and membership meetings. Don’t forget to get your limited edition 2006 framed set. DONATIONS are needed for the September General Meeting and the second of our annual raffles. We have balloon blankets, a tether line and other wonderful prizes, but can always use more. If you have a donation please call Debbie at 281-9772 if you need items picked up, or bring them to the September meeting. Remember to thank your Way and Means and Flying Events Committee Members. Without them you would not have “fun flying” or “stuff to buy”.
Treasurers Report By: Lyn Kirkwood No Report Received
Short Blasts / Silent Burner
Volume 106 Issue 09
Short Blasts / Silent Burner September Birthdays Gail English
By: Kay Sant If your name is not on this list and you have a Birthday in July, please update your records with Kay Sant.
NEW MEMBERS Jessica Steyerman & Brian Makin
1560 Salt River Loop NE
10129 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Phone: 505-897-3072 Work: 505-822-1111
Robert & Elaine Raper
Dave & Kathy Albin
Peyton & Terri Hoge
P.O. Box 1653
3707 Torrey Pines Rd.
North Bend, OR 97459
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Louisville, KY 40205
Short Blasts / Silent Burner
FLOCK YOUR FRIENDS AT FIESTA Limited Number of Flockings’ Available
$15.00 for Two Magnetic Flamingo’s and a Palm Tree. Delivered at launch site and retrieved later that day or $20.00 they keep the set. Reservations No Later Than Sept 9. Mary Jo Arrel 235-2347 or email@example.com
Seminar Registration Form (circle the one you are attending) Pre-Fiesta Crew Seminar - $10 September 8 & 9
Fiesta Seminar - $35 th
October 10 1-5pm
Fundamental of Instruction - $15 November 4th, 1-5pm
NAME________________________________________________________________ Home Phone___________________ Email address___________________________________________________________ Cell Phone____________________ Complete form and mail with check or credit card info to: AAAA – Education Committee ATTN: Clare Wade-Callihan PO Box 90160 Albuquerque NM 87199-0160 Check to AAAA Education Foundation Credit Card Type________________ Credit Card #_______________________________
Name on Credit Card___________________________ Exp. Date___________________
Volume 106 Issue 09
Short Blasts / Silent Burner
Short Blasts / Silent Burner
Volume 106 Issue 09
Short Blasts / Silent Burner AAAA August Balloon Event Was A Great Success Thank You To Everyone that participated.
Letters To The Editor
RE: Silent Auction Item Donations Dear Mr. Lowenstein, I would like to introduce New Mexico Xtreme Sports Association, a new non-profit youth organization based in Albuquerque. I would also like to ask for your help in the development and progress of the organization through your generosity and your desire to positively affect our youth. NMX Sports is unlike any other program in the nation. NMX has been developed to allow youth the opportunity to get active in outdoor recreation through “extreme” sports. NMX Sports provides interested youth from 12 to 18 years of age both the means and greater access to participate in sports such as skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX and wakeboarding. By offering deeply discounted trips, supervision, instruction and other lifestyle activities, NMX hopes to persuade thousands of youth to get outside, to get healthier and to have fun in the process. NMX Sports is putting on a fundraising event on Saturday, September 9th. Based on an Xtreme Sports Experience theme, the party will include an Xtreme Games Challenge, Xtreme Sports Demonstrations, a NMX presentation, as well as both silent and live auctions. This event will be attended by high ranking politicians, community leaders, business owners and media personalities. Your contributions will be recognized by all attendees. I am asking you for various premium silent and live auction items for the fundraising event. Please consider this a great opportunity for you to assist in the community as well as to be listed as a sponsor of this unique organization. Your contribution will be recognized at it is possibly tax-deductible because of our 501-(c) (3) non-profit designation (please confirm with your tax consultant regarding deductibility of your gifts). Donation acknowledgement letters will be sent on receipt of your contribution. NMX Sports helps overcome obstacles that have prevented youth from participating in these sports by providing supervised access as well as means to earn their way, through our “Earn An Adventure” Program. This program allows kids to work within the community to earn credit towards the trips while helping them develop life long skills. For a complete overview of NMX Sports, please visit our website at www.nmxsports.org. I hope that you will be able to contribute as generously as possible to our organization. Again, all proceeds will go to NMX Sports to positively influence our youth. Please direct your donation to NMX Sports, 1605 Juan Tabo NE Ste. Q, Albuquerque, NM 87112 or contact us at (505) 296-2739 or to firstname.lastname@example.org for alternate arrangements. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns Sincerely,
Drew Stuart Executive Director
Volume 106 Issue 09
Letters To The Editor What they are requesting: 1)
If someone if the club could donate a balloon ride to be placed, with logo presence, in our silent auction
2) We are also requesting a balloon tether at the Balloon Fiesta Park for a scavenger party that we are doing for the fundraising event. There will be a clue located at the top of the Museum that can only be seen via a balloon ride. The tether would be for 1 hour maximum, sometime between 3:30 and 6:30 PM, the exact time to be coordinated between the Pilot and NMXSA. Please let your members know through you newsletter regarding our requests. Your support is greatly appreciated. Sincerely,
Drew Stuart Executive Director New Mexico Xtreme Sports Association
O: (505) 296-2738 C: (505) 449-7297 www.nmxsports.org
Rio Rancho Public Library is looking for a used balloon system (or at least basket and burner) for their library. If anyone has a retired system or one beyond repair they would like to donate please contact: Paula Dougherty at 8983072 or 2283784. They would be very appreciative.
Safety Corner Instructing- not just a Commercial LTA affair! By Al Lowenstein / World Balloon Flight School
When asked to talk about instructing for the August meeting, my first reaction was that this was an unusual subject for a general meeting. After all, only Commercial LTA can instruct students, right?! Well, not exactly. Yes, COM LTA gives the holder the right and authority to conduct instruction in balloon flying, and most such pilots at one time or another provide instruction to a student. What about others who provide instruction? First of all, instruction is teaching, training, education, coaching and tutoring. Let’s look at some ways we all instruct. The PVT LTA pilot instructs his crew. He must make sure they all know their jobs, and the safety issues that go with each position. It is important to ensure that the terminology used is understood by all. When you are explaining the parts and issues with a fan, you are training. When you discuss crown line tension, position and techniques, you are providing education to that person. Do you give your crew burner time? You are instructing them in how to fly. They can’t log it, but they will certainly appreciate it, and if you do it well, they just might decide to become pilots themselves. Having flying crew know how to do the basics could certainly be useful if something should happen to you in flight! This also goes for passengers, who will get much more from the flight if they can participate, and get a hand on a burner. The Crew Chief is instructing his crew. Go to rally with volunteer crew that has never seen a balloon up close, and you suddenly become a full time instructor! Terminology is important, if you spend 5 minutes explaining everything you are going to do, and then someone asks “What is an envelope?” you have probably wasted a lot of time! The Student Pilot is self instructing, especially during solo flight. Can any pilot honestly say that he/she did not talk to himself during that first solo? You should set challenges for yourself, and then “instruct” your inner being to perform the task. There is nothing like explaining something to drive home how to do it! Finally, all pilots should be teaching themselves each time they fly. Did you remind yourself to use your checklist? Do you force yourself to land on “that spot” instead of somewhere in the mesa? Were you able to talk yourself though holding +/- 10 feet at altitude while crossing the houses to get to a landing spot, or did you just cruise at whatever seemed to work? We should all be instructing all the time. If you fly without learning something new, it was just a flight. If you “instruct” yourself to be a better pilot, you have increased your safety margin. Soft landings.
Volume 106 Issue 09
CAMERON BALLOON SALES: Contact World Balloon for consultation, information or quotes on a new balloon. Call Beth Wright-Smith at 604-2865 or Troy Bradley at 293-6800. PILOT TRAINING in Albuquerque from the most experienced instructor in the Southwest! Call Beth Wright-Smith, 505-604-2865 or email, email@example.com 1989 Aerostar RX-8 N35972, 237 hrs. TT, Single Zone 5 Burner, RWS Basket, 2 – 15 Gallon Tanks, Ball 655 Instruments, Spring Top, Inflator Fan. Asking $8000. SuperiAire Technologies, 505-858-1685. 1994 Thunder & Colt AX8-90 S.1 N823TC, Envelope only (Green top and bottom White equator w/banner Velcro), 467 hrs. TT, Ball 655/M55 pyro line, Rain Bag. Asking $3200. SuperiAire Technologies, 505-8581685. Thunder & Colt 42” x 48” basket w/uprights, Make an Offer. Ball 655 instrument pack $450.00. Ball pyrometer wire complete $450.00. SuperiAire Technologies, 505858-1685. 1996 Aerostar RX8-90 N71747 87 Hours TT. Envelope Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow, and Green. AFX Basket, Zone 5 Dual Burners, Ball M55 Aegis Instruments, One 15 and One 20 Gallon Fuel Tank, 9HP Briggs & Stratton VanGuard Inflator Fan, Basket Cover, Envelope Rain Bag, 2-Motorola HT600 radios with Private Line and Chargers, 6’ X 10’ Wells Cargo single Axle Trailer, Fresh Annual with Sale. This is a Turn Key System Ready to Fly. $25,000. SuperiAire Technologies, 505-858-1685.
Volume 106 Issue 09
A monthly publication from the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association & Education foundation P.O. Box 90160 Albuquerque, NM 87199-160
Windtalker 891-1733 Landowners Hotline (Courtesy of Airtouch Cellular )
(505) 263-0222 E-Mail AAAAcloudbouncer@marchco.com
Weâ€™re on the Web! www.hotairballooning.org
No Calendar Received This Month
Sunrise/Sunset Calendar created by Jon Abdalla
Official publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) Hot Air Balloon Club.