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A Monthly publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association & Education Foundation


Vol 109 • Issue 2




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AAAA Board of Directors 2006-2007 President Debbie Fowler Phone: 505.239.1146 chasnpaint@aol.com

Vice President VP Beth Wright-Smith 604-2865 pbtsmith@lobo.net

Secretary/Membership Kay Sant Phone: 505.296.6601 justkay43@msn.com

Treasurer Lyn Kirkwood Phone: 505.897.1948 lynkirkwood@msn.com

Flying Events Randy Myklebust Phone: 505.896.3249 balloonpilot@cableone.net

Community Relations Lori Wichhart 830-2225 LWichhart@ebnm.com

Education Barbara Fricke Phone: 505.265.2865 barbarafricke@msn.com

Special Events Lorie Guthrie Phone: 505.899.0534 lgl@superiaire.com Carol Bair Phone: 505.296.3505

Crew Development: Phred McAllaster Phone: 505.710.9669 Phredmac@hotmail.com

Ways &Means Jim McKinney 350-7930 jimjhobo69@juno.com


www.hotairballooning.org Cloudbouncer Lori Pitman Phone: 505.890.8868 / 505-284-8627 cloudbouncer@comcast.net

The Cloudbouncer is a monthly publication of the AAAA Education Foundation. P.O. Box 90160, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87199-0160 Subscription rate: $17 annually; FREE to AAAA Members in good standing. The AAAA Education Foundations strives to provide the most valuable forum possible for the free exchange of information within the AAAA. Acceptance of advertising cannot imply endorsement of products or services by AAAA nor the Cloudbouncer Editor, Publisher or Staff. Opinions presented in Cloudbouncer in information 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 with credit to the author and AAAA Cloudbouncer as the source. Please send articles and photos to our dedicated email address: cloudbouncer@comcast.net. Persons whose articles are published are eligible to receive a special Cloudbouncer appreciation lapel pin. Deadline for all submissions is the Friday after the General Meeting. Articles, photographs and advertisements received after the deadline will be publishes in a future issue, if they are still relevant. AAAA website: www.hotairballooning.org


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FAMILY MEMBERSHIP: The spouse, significant other, or child (16 or over) of a member residing at the same address who wishes to become a member, no initiation fee. Dues are $5.00 per family member per year. JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP: Children under age 16 of a member residing at the same address, no initiation fees or dues “NEW “ MEMBERSHIP: (after June 30th) $10.00 Initiation Fee. $12.50 Regular Membership $2.50 per family member. Note: If applicant is under 18 years of age, written permission from a parent or guardian is required. All Regular and Family members have voting privileges. Junior member does not have voting privileges. Please indicate names for all Family and Junior members. Also, please include ages for children. Spouse / Significant other: _________________________________________________________________________________ Date of Birth: Month: _____ Day: _______ E – Mail: ____________________________________________________________ Children: (16 Years & Older)_____________________________________________________ DOB: Month _____ Day _____ Children: (Under age 16)___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ I would be interested in helping on the following committees: Cloudbouncer:


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Monthly Board Meeting: Monday February 18th 6pm AIBF Offices Education Committee Meeting: Monday February 11th, 6pm AIBF Offices Ways and Means Meeting: Tuesday February 12th, 6pm AIBF Offices Flying Events Meeting: Sunday February 17th, 6pm Applebee’s San Mateo & Academy Crew Development Meeting: Same as Flying Events date and time

Advertising Rates Full Page……$110.00 Half Page…...$55.00 Quarter Page.$28.00 Eighth Page…$14.00 Classified Advertisements $2 per 50-character line; prepaid only. All prepaid advertisements – Run the same ad for 6 issues and receive a 7th ad free! Mail your check/moneyorder to: AAAA Cloudbouncer P.O. Box 90160 Albuquerque, NM 87199-0160


or Lori Whichhart know. The Cloudbouncer and the web site fall into the “Community Relations” part of how the Club is organized. We welcome your suggestions, and absolutely welcome your articles and photos. The deadline for submission is the Friday following the monthly meeting at 5pm.


That’s all for now, gotta go make my F&L Baggie. See you soon, Deb Fowler chasnpaint@aol.com 239-1146

Hi Everybody, Happy Valentines Day to each and every one of you!! I’m looking forward to our annual Friends and Lovers Rally. There is a rumor that there are going to be exciting events taking place both at registration and the event itself… Read on in this Cloudbouncer for more details.

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES January 22, 2008 By Kay Sant

This month is our first Cloudbouncer that will not be bulk mailed. If you don’t have access to a computer, we will be mailing the Cloudbouncer to you via first class mail. If you want BOTH the e-version and the printed version you will be charged an extra $15.00. I explain this again because there still seems to be some confusion. You only owe the additional $15.00 if you want Both the e-version and the print version. If you have any questions, please call me and I’ll be happy to explain. I want to remind you that mailing the bulk edition costs between $4,000 and $6,000 per year. The printed version, via first class, to only those that do not have access to a computer will cost between $1,800 and $2,000 per year. As you can see this is a tremendous savings.

President Debbie Fowler called the meeting to order at 7:00pm. Guests: Kim and Bob (sorry I didn’t get last names) Program: John Ninomiya was the guest speaker. He explained Cluster Ballooning. If you were not here you missed a really great program. President: Debbie gave out Thank You Awards to Jonathan Abdalla, Pat Dalen, Sam Bradshaw, Phyllis and Harold Jackson for all the work they have done getting the Cloudbouncer out.

This month we say a BIG THANK YOU to Harold and Phyllis Jackson, Pat Dalen, Sam Bradshaw and Jonathan Abdalla. These are the folks that have been in charge of creating and mailing your Cloudbouncer for the last several years. As we move to our new Cloudbouncer Editor, Lori Pitman, and new first class mailing, a few things will be changing. The goal of all of the coming changes is to make your Cloudbouncer a better and more efficient newsletter. One of the things that we’ll be changing is the way ads are submitted and paid for. Since the print version Cloudbouncer will be going first class, ads that were not included before now will be included.

Nominating Committee: Ray Bair presented the tentative list of candidates for the coming election. President: Debbie Fowler was nominated from the floor for President. Treasure: Lyn Kirkwood, Dick Rice and Sam Bradshaw Education: Gary Jantz, Bud Herbrlee and Tom Fisher Flying Events: Lichele Peete and John Hofer Crew Development: Garry Haruska (I think there a lot of members out there who could step up and run for an office to help our club grow and become the very best.) Give Ray a call, 2963505, and let him know what you would like to do.

So, all I can tell you is to look for information here, in the Cloudbouncer, on the web site and at our monthly meetings. We’re working hard to get the media coordinated and on the same page, so to speak. If you have any suggestions, please let me,

Flying Events gave out their annual awards for the 2007 flying events. I am sure they will have a list of the winners in their report.


Balloon Museum Foundation: Blaine reported that the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is in the process of taking Annual Memberships. You can get an application from him or go to the Museum for one.

BOARD REPORTS Secretary: Kay reminded everyone about dues being due by January 31st and nominations for the Bob Ruppenthal and P.B. “Slim” Rowley awards are due by February 29th.

Top Gun: Blair reported that the annual meeting and elections for Top Gun will be February 17th, 1:00pm at SuperiAire. Everyone is invited to attend. The flying event for Top Gun in February will be on the 17th.

She also asked for donations for the Raffle held during the Friends and Lovers Rally. If you can’t get them to her before, you can bring them Friday night February 8th at the registration party. Flying Events: Randy reported that two pilots had scored at the January flying event. Jim Ahern and Tom Gardner. Lichele reported they were changing the way flying events would be scored in 2008.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00pm.

Crew Development: Phred reported the committee was working on fun things for the Friends and Lovers Rally; watch out you might be asked if you are a special friend of cupid.

Your Education Committee has the following to offer you this spring:


Feb 22-24: Private Pilot Ground School. A few openings left, so sign up ASAP if you want to get into this ground school. Sign up is on the web site.

Education: Barbara reported that there were only five spaces left for the Private Pilots Ground School on February 22nd-24th. The Commercial Pilots Ground School in April is starting to fill up. She also reported that there would be a Back to Basics Seminar April 19th in partnership with SuperiAire.

March 29: CPR Class offered through Red Cross. Go to the web site and sign up. Charge is through Red Cross.

Barbara also reported the sand had all been dried and bagged for the Celestial Eagle; they were just waiting for the weather to be right. To keep up with what’s going on visit www.pacificballoon.com.

April 19: BFA Back to Basic Seminar. This seminar is offered in conjunction with SuperiAire and will be held at their facilities. Sign up on the web site, at SuperiAire, or on the form found elsewhere in this Cloudbouncer.

Ways and Means: Jim reported they are getting things ready for the new Roster so it’s time to get your adds in and make sure everything is current and updated on the clubs data base. He said they have the 2008 Friends and Lovers Pins for sale. Their next meeting will be February 12th at 6:00pm.

April 25-27: Commercial Pilot Ground School. If you are ready for the next step in ballooning or you want to sit in and just review everything to be a better instructor, this ground school is for you. Sign up on the web site or on the form found elsewhere in this Cloudbouncer.

Special Events: Ray reminded everyone that wanted to attend the BFA Convention to get their registrations in; there are over 300 people registered now.

The AAAA website is www.hotairballooning.org. The Committee will meet Monday, February 11th, 6:00pm at Fiesta’s Office. Everyone is welcome.

FAA: J.D. reported that the Gliders Association are having their National Convention on February 14th15th which we are invited to attend; call Clare WadeCallihan, 343-9100, for more information.

CREW D REPORT We are working on a variety of things to make the Friends and Lovers Rally Cupid’s BEST EVER!!!


If you look carefully throughout this Cloud bouncer, you will find a coupon(s) which may be the deciding factor in the Scavenger Hunt that Cupid is Compiling for the Friends and Lovers Rally. This will be worth bonus points, and may separate the winners.

The scavenger hunt will Commence, Crew Competitions will be created, and Cupid will be Carousing among the Crews…so plan on having a Cupidalicious time. See yah there!!

If you were at the January AAAA meeting, you received a major clue as to who might be a Companion of Cupid during the Friends and Lovers weekend. We have identified four of them so far and if you find all four you will get BONUS POINTS!!!


You will have to ask them “Are you Cupid’s Companion?” and if you’ve correctly connected with your Cupidly connection, you’ll be given a redeemable item. Be sure to ask everyone and ask often.

Hope all had a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!!! I would like to thank all the pilots that gave their time to fly for the many events this past year. It is greatly appreciated.

Also, be sure to start working on your crew and pilot scoring devices for this rally. Pilots are reminded that in order for their score to count, the crew has to compete too.

Starting this month, you will find a form to be used for all Cloudbouncer classified ads. If you would like to summit a classified ad to the Cloudbouncer, simply fill out the form, include your payment, and mail it in. The due date is the 20th of each month. Hopefully this will make it easier to place classified ads.

Hello AAAA:

We will have a sheet of rules in the Crew Registration pack, so look forward to following the rules or plan on bending them slightly…we are out there to have fun!!!

If you wish to place a display ad, please circle the size of ad you would like, include your payment, and artwork. The due date is the 20th of each month.

SuperiAire Technologies has donated the First Place Crew Competition Cooler and we will have wonderful prizes for second and third as well. There will be prizes for Creative Cheating as well!!!

Thanks, Lori


We will have a scoring device decorating competition too. Prizes will be awarded for 3 different categories:

By Lichele Peete For the January Flying event we had 33 pilots sign in and only five balloons decided to launch and try for one of the two targets. The three pilots that were able to score were Jim Ahern in 1st place, Tom Gardner in 2nd place and Murray Conrad in 3rd.

A. Best Cupidaciousness (Valentines/Cupid theme related) B. Most Creative (pilot and crew similarity) C. Judge’s favorite

It was announced at briefing that if you need to call the FAA Tower before 8am and after 5pm there is a new phone number to contact (505) 856-4935. The Flying Events committee has decided to change the point system with regard to scoring at an event. If a pilot is able to score on a target they will get participation/show-up points in addition to their score. This decision was made to encourage members to try and score on the target and get higher in the points ranking for the Top 20 Awards.

Just a reminder…this is the fun part…and you have plenty of time to get ready...Cupid is depending on you!!! We will have a Crew competition Friday evening for the registration party with prizes that night…something very creative like “How many words can you make from the word (Valentine)”…we will be limiting it to the English language, however we can be bribed…


The committee will also be revising the scoring rules and as soon as that is done, they will be published in the Cloudbouncer and published on the AAAA website.

Board of Directors, P.O. Box 90160, Albuquerque, NM 87199-0160 These nominations can also be e-mailed to the AAAA Secretary. Justkay43@msn.com

The next Flying Event will be the Friends & Lover’s Rally in Rio Rancho, February 9th & 10th off of Northern & Fruita. Pilot Registration at 6:30am and Brief at 7:00am. If you would like to join the Flying Events committee please come to our next meeting at Applebee’s on San Mateo & Academy Sunday, February 17th 6:00pm for dinner or 6:30pm for the meeting. Thanks again to everyone who helped the Flying Events committee in 2007! (You know who you are!)

2008 FRIENDS & LOVERS RALLY The 2008 Friends and Lovers Rally is just around the corner!! Pilots and crews please join us for fun and games at the Registration Party at Garduno’s on the Green on Friday, February 8th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. Bring your Greenbacks as we will have several raffles with great prizes including two Southwest Airline tickets!!! The raffle proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association. The rally is February 9th and 10th, 2008 in Rio Rancho. There will be games for both crews and pilots and awards for the winners! Don’t forget the creative matching baggies contest.

NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS BOB RUPPENTHAL EDUCATION AWARD The AAAA Board of Directors is currently taking nominations for the Bob Ruppenthal Education Award. First awarded in 1981, this award is made to a AAAA member who has contributed significantly to the education of others in the area of balloon safety and operations. This person must have contributed significantly in time and effort and must have participated actively in the organization and/or instruction of ground schools and safety seminars for AAAA and/or the ballooning community at large.

If you haven’t already registered, you’ve passed the January 30th deadline. To participate in the rally, please complete the Registration Form included in the Cloudbouncer or access it on the AAAA website and submit it with a late fee of $25.00. Thanks and we look forward to seeing everyone out there.

P.B. “SLIM” RAWLEY CREW AWARD The Board of Directors is taking nominations for the P.B. “Slim” Rawley Crew Award. This award is given in honor of Slim Rawley, a AAAA member since 1976 and an avid, dedicated crew member. The award is given to a AAAA member who has contributed significantly to the sport of hot air ballooning though such activities as crew member, observer, scorer, event volunteer, AAAA committee member or general goodwill ambassador to the community. The award is to go to the “unsung hero” who has gone the extra mile to promote, expand, and support the sport of hot air ballooning.

TOP 20 AWARDS – 2007 FLYING EVENTS WRAP UP By Lichele Peete 2007 was a great year for the Flying Events committee. We were able to fly 10 of the 11 events scheduled, with some days being a little more challenging than others. We gave much needed food and coats to The Storehouse along with school supplies to the Rio Rancho Public Schools and Christmas presents to the Ronald McDonald House. Thanks to everyone who came out participated, donated and flew in 2007!

Written nominations for these awards must be submitted to the AAAA Board of Directors prior to the last day of February. Send nominations to: AAAA


Winners who placed in 11th - 20th positions received a Certificate of Achievement, Box of Chocolates, Official AIBF 2007 Can of Air, and a Gift Certificate to Ortega’s Propane for $20.00: 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11

Tom Fisher Mary Jo Arrel Rick Portmore Jerry Garcia Dave Tennis Allan Hahn Al Lowenstein Steve Coffing Ray Bair Cory Atchley

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balloon repair station, and a 2007 Pin Board from AIBF. 2nd place went to John Hofer who participated in 10 events, scored at 3 of those events and ended up with a grand total of 6248 points. He received a beautiful plaque, Box of Chocolates, Hickory Farms Summer Sausage, $20.00 Certificate to Weck’s, Gift Certificate to Ortega’s Propane for $20.00, $50.00 Gift Certificate to balloon repair station, and a 2007 Pin Board from AIBF.

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The person who came in first place participated in 10 events, scored 4 times and ended up with a grand total of 6508 points. This year’s 2007 Flying Events Winner is Randy Myklebust. For his efforts he received a beautiful hand made wine rack balloon trophy, Box of Chocolates, Hickory Farms Summer Sausage, $20.00 Certificate to Weck’s, Gift Certificate to Ortega’s Propane for $20.00, $50.00 Gift Certificate to balloon repair station, 2007 Flying Events Flag, and a 2007 Flying Events denim jacket.

Winners in the 6th - 10th place received a beautiful plaque, Box of Chocolates, Hickory Farms Summer Sausage, Balloon Fabric Microwave Baked Potato, $10.00 Certificate to Weck’s, and a Gift Certificate to Ortega’s Propane for $20.00: 10 9 8 7 6

Sharon Hartshorn Murray Conrad Phred McAllaster Tom Schroeder Richard Gruette

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Great thanks go to Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for donating extra goodies to this year’s Flying Events Top 20 Awards; Judd Larson for making this year’s trophy which is a priceless hand crafted work of art – Northern AZ Torch - Art in Page, AZ; and Tom Pilson for doing the plaques.

5th place went to Eric Greenwood who had overall points of 5805, participated in 8 events and scored 4 times. He received a beautiful plaque, Box of Chocolates, Hickory Farms Summer Sausage, $20.00 Certificate to Weck’s, Gift Certificate to Ortega’s Propane for $20.00, and a 2007 Gas Jacket from AIBF.

A complete listing of scores will be posted on the website www.hotairballooning.com as soon as possible.

In 4th place Keith Takach participated in 10 events, scored 4 times and ended up with 6103 points. He received a beautiful plaque, Box of Chocolates, Hickory Farms Summer Sausage, $20.00 Certificate to Weck’s, Gift Certificate to Ortega’s Propane for $20.00, and a 2007 Signed Poster from AIBF.

BYE-BYE AIR BEARS! By Kathy Smith Over the past year, literally dozens of generous, often creative balloonists have sponsored Air Bears for the children at Carrie-Tingley Hospital. Some 150 Air Bears have been delivered to the Hospital, along with photos of the bears’ balloon flights, balloon pins, flight certificates and special greeting cards, telling the children the Air Bears’ story.

Adding to the top 3 places the winner will receive a gift certificate to a balloon repair station. The Flying events committee purchased $50.00 Gift Certificates from Aerco, Braden’s and SuperiAire. Jim Ahern came in 3rd place and participated in 9 events, scored 4 times and had a grand total of 6164 points and received a beautiful plaque, Box of Chocolates, Hickory Farms Summer Sausage, $20.00 Certificate to Weck’s, Gift certificate to Ortega’s Propane for $20.00, $50.00 Gift Certificate to

The AAAA bears took flight at many club-sponsored events, Fiesta and out-of town rallies. A few lucky bears floated above the scenic terrain in other states, as well. Nine bears even took flight in Canada! Several bears were sponsored by our balloon-


ing buddies in other states, and were then shipped back to Albuquerque. Many AAAA members even donated stuffed bears of their own.

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIPS Platinum Corporate Membership $750.00 Two hot air balloon rides (1 ride = I person, not available during AIBF) (Donated by a AAAA member pilot) Name listed on Electronic Cloudbouncer cover Name listed on Roster cover “banner” Corporate provided table banner displayed at Ways and Means table Club during meetings Full page Color ad in roster (camera ready only) Framed set of Annual pins Web Mention Web Link 10 passes to pilot tent at Fiesta Electronic Cloudbouncer 6 Rosters Full page ad in Electronic Cloudbouncer (January, April, July, October) 25% discount on Electronic Cloudbouncer ads

Several Air Bears were treated to additional adventures that included trips and activities far beyond our typical balloon outings. All these events were captured in photos that were passed along to the kids. A few balloon teams assembled complete photo albums and story books of their Air Bears’ adventures. Others adorned their bears in everything from flight suits to Santa hats, embroidered ball caps, and even a Viking helmet. A few especially lucky children received Air Bears bearing additional gifts. You folks are amazing! Balloonists have now donated an entire year’s supply of Air Bears to the Carrie-Tingley kids, giving the little patients something to hug--and lots to dream about. As we begin a new year, our Air Bear program has now “run its course.” Thanks to each and every one of you who sponsored a bear—and those of you who sponsored many of them—bringing untold joy and long-term memories to some very special children. They, their families and the staff at Carrie-Tingley Hospital will long remember the kindness of balloonists and the unique gifts they received from us.

Gold Corporate Membership $325.00 Name listed on Electronic Cloudbouncer cover Name listed on Roster cover “banner” Full page B/W ad in roster (camera ready only) Boxed set of Annual pins Web Mention Web Link 4 passes to pilot tent at Fiesta Electronic Cloudbouncer 4 Rosters ½ page ad in Electronic Cloudbouncer (February, May, August, November) 20% discount on Electronic Cloudbouncer ads or upgrade ad

If you still have a bear out there, whether or not it has taken flight, please turn it into AAAA. We’ll be delivering the final batch of bears this spring. Again, thanks!

Silver Corporate Membership $175.00 Name listed on Electronic Cloudbouncer cover Name listed on Roster cover “banner” Half page B/W ad in roster (camera ready only) Set of Annual pins Web Mention 2 passes to pilot tent at Fiesta Electronic Cloudbouncer 2 Rosters 15% discount on Electronic Cloudbouncer ads As a not for profit corporation, your membership may be tax deductible.


Corporate Membership Application Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association PO Box 90160 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87199-0160

Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City: _________________________________________________ State: ____________________ Zip Code: ____________________ Contact Person: _______________________________________________ Phone; _______________ Cell Phone:: __________________ Fax: ________________ E-Mail: ________________________________________Corporate Phone: _________________________

Corporate Memberships Available Dues year is from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year ( See attachment for Level benefits)

Platinum C Cost: $750.00

Gold Cost $325.00

Silver Cost $175.00

Payment must accompany application

Signature: ___________________________Position: ______________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____ MEMBERSHIP #: ______ IN COMPUTER: _______ WELCOME PACKAGE AND MEMSHIP CARD: ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ _

DATE: ___________________ CHECK #: ________________ AMOUNT: _______________




Dear Ballooning Friends of Steve Early "da pilot": If you don't know, Steve had another passion and that was riding his Harley with Jenny. The Turquoise Trail Chapter of the Harley Owner's Group have come up with a Memorial patch in his honor. It’s made in the colors of his Harley silver and burgundy. We have sewn them on our motorcycle vests in his memory and I would like to know if you'd like to do the same on your ballooning jackets. We are asking for a donation of $10 and that will help cover the costs of having them made and what is left over will be donated to M.D.A. to send a kid to camp in Steve's name. The patch says: In Memory, Steve "Boats" Early, Ride and Fly Free, 11-11-07.

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If you are interested please send an email to me at skyangel@nmol.com or just give me a call at 505259-8305. Thank you, Tina SkyAngel I would like to thank AAAA for encouraging my love of ballooning. Over the last couple of years, I have made wonderful friends. I want to thank the following AAAA members in particular for the investment they have made in me and the friendship they have given: Mike Shrum, Tim and Winnie Durham, Phred Macallaster, Lichele Peete, Cory Atchley, Clare Wade-Calihan, Don Bonney, Alan Wynn, Wade Lee, Zoe Ciscon, Debbie Reynolds, Al Lowenstein, Debbie Fowler, and Mike Marchand. I will miss being able to spend the weekends with you. I am moving to Dallas and will continue my membership in AAAA. Though my outings will be less frequent, I will continue to serve the ballooning community of which I am proud to be a part.Wishing you all Good Air (and of course, soft landings). Eric Black Good Air Crewing ABQ, NM



BFA Back-to-Basic Seminar Sponsored By

AAAA Educational Foundation & SuperiAire Technologies

April 19, 2008 (Saturday) 7:30 am to 5 pm SuperiAire Technologies 121 Mountain Park Place NW (NE of Alameda and Second Street)

Topics: Weather FAR Updates Ballooning Accidents Pilot Decision Making Pilot/Crew Safety Balloon Maintenance BFA Convention Overview

Balloon Safety Seminar Registration Form - $45 in advance/$50 at the door (includes lunch and snacks) Name: ___________________________________________ Home Phone:_______________________ Circle one: PILOT


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Email: ___________________________________________ Cell Phone:_________________________ Note: Complete form and mail with check or credit card info to one of the following: SuperiAire Technologies AAAA / Barbara Fricke 121 Mountain Park Place NW 1209 Florida St NE Albuquerque, NM 87114 Albuquerque, NM 87110 Fax: 505-858-1686 barbarafricke@msn.com Credit Card Type: ___________________ Credit Card Number_______________________ Credit Card Expiration Date: ____________ 3 digit security code on back of card__________ Name & Address for Credit Card _______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________







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2008 February Cloudbouncer  

Official publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) Hot Air Balloon Club.

2008 February Cloudbouncer  

Official publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) Hot Air Balloon Club.