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A Monthly publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association & Education


VOL 109 • ISSUE 7

JULY 2008





Upcoming Meeting Programs We will be exploring the origins of our club and the Balloon Fiesta over the next several months. In July, Kim Vesley will present a historical timeline of ballooning in Albuquerque, through about 1980. When did the first balloon come to Albuquerque? You’ll know after this meeting. In August, Dr. Tom McConnell will give a presentation on the beginnings of AAAA. Sid Cutter, the father of modern-day ballooning in Albuquerque, will also be in attendance. For September we will take a break from exploring our history for the Balloon Fiesta Pilot Briefing video. October is open at the moment. Then gear up in November for a recreation of the AAAA fashion shows that were held in the early days of the club. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Then you’ve got to be there. Contact Neida Naumburg for information or if you want to help.


AAAA Board of Directors 2007-2008

President Debbie Fowler Phone: 505.239.1146 chasnpaint@aol.com

Vice President VP Beth Wright-Smith Phone: 505.604.2865 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 Lichele Peete Phone: 505.410.8525 lpballoon@hotmail.com

Community Relations TBA

Education Gary Jantz Phone: 505.286.1704 GDJantz@hughes.net

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@gmail.com

Ways &Means Jim McKinney Phone: 505-350-7930 jimjhobo69@juno.com


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By Debbie Fowler

President Debbie Fowler called the meeting to order at 7:05 P.M.

July…… Summer Solstice has passed, and the days are relentlessly getting shorter. The only good thing about that is we don’t have to have pilot briefing at such an EARLY hour, and I just thought I was getting too old…

Guest: Emily Greenwood from the Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. New Balloons: Neida Naumburg has a new Lindstrand, called Hot Stuff.

We’re smack in the middle of the summer rally flying season. Between our own AAAA Flying Events and Top Gun, there is barely time (and fuel) to travel out of town. I know I’m getting real good at spotting the lowest diesel price anywhere within a 100 mile radius!!! I just returned from a rally in Utah, and some of the pilots and crew were talking about how they are cutting back on travel, at least for now. So it was good to see these folks.

Ballooning in the Community: Gary & Debbie Jantz used their balloon to help the Bernalillo Sheriffs Mounted Search and Rescue horses get ready for Fiesta. Jim McKinney announced that Bobbi Kubisak had passed away on June 14th (those who did not know her you can read about her in this issue).

This month for our AAAA Flying Event, it’s the annual Ice Cream Social. I SO look forward to this one. Phred tells us later in this issue about the festivities planned for Sunday the 13th. Don’t miss that!!!

Program: Beth showed a movie about how Hot Air Ballooning, Fiesta and AAAA got started in Albuquerque. It was really great to see all the old time balloonist, how much they have changed; you could even see Fay Godfrey standing by the food buffet at Sid’s mothers Birthday Party.

Ways and Means has once again produced our AAAA Roster and new pins for the year. All items are available from the committee. Oh, by the way, our M o n t h l y M e e t i n g s H AV E N O T m o v e d t o Thursdays…..just a typo.

Next month Kim Vesely will take us through the 80’s, as the history of AAAA and AIBF continues. Flying Events: Lichele reported that at the June event 38 pilots signed in with only 6 trying to score on the target; with no one making it. She thanked everyone that helped with the event. July’s event will be “The Ice Cream Social”, on Sunday July 13th, with pilot’s registration at 5:30 and briefing at 6:00 A.M. This event will be at Balloon Fiesta Park.

There is a new PZ, (they seem to be cropping up lately) this one is the house on Coors with the white picket fence near the Sandia Area Credit Union and the Village Inn. Please make every effort to not fly low over this property, as there are horses there. Now for something completely different. Have you, or do you know someone who has completed our AAAA Crew Development Program? We have a need to recreate those records. I ask that if you have or know someone who has completed or even participated in the program in the past, we need your help. Please contact myself, (239-1146 or chasnpaint@aol.com) or Phred McAllaster (phredmac@hotmail.com) if you can offer help and information. This is a goal for the Crew “D” Committee this year and I think it’s a great one. It’s been quite some time since this program was on track and we’d sure like to see it again in one form or another.

Crew Development: Phred was not present, but sent in a note that the crew event at the Ice Cream Social will be “Bovinecally Bountied Banana Brigade.” (I think??) He also asked that anyone who has received a AAAA Crew Award in the past please let him know, as he is trying to put together a database for these Awards so there is a record of them. He would like this so the program can move forward. Education: Ray Bair thanked everyone who helped with the AeroTeen Ground School. The class had 13 students, with the class being received so well that the class information will be taken to the BFA Youth Camp.

Everybody have a cool and safe July. Deb Fowler


Gary reported the Back to Basic Class will be August 9th, from 11 to 4, at AIBF office and the last day to register is August 1st. The committee is working on the September Fire Fighting 101 and the safety seminar during Fiesta. He also reminded everyone the committee is always looking for new members.

Board Members present: Debbie Fowler, Beth Wright-Smith, Kay Sant, Lyn Kirkwood, Lichele Peete, Gary Jantz, Phred McAllaster and Jim McKinney

Ways and Means: Jim reported the new Rosters are in and you will be able to pick one up at any meeting. He also said there are more Ice Cream Social pins left and they were collecting things for the September raffle. If you have anything you would like to donate please give Jim, Pam, Debbie, Sam or any member of the committee a call. Their next meeting will be July 8th at the Fiesta Office; 6:00 P.M.

April Board minutes were read; motion by Phred and seconded by Jim to approve the minutes as amended. Passed

Board Members absent: Nancy Johnson and Lorie Guthrie

Board Reports: Secretary: One new member Frank Hunter was read, motion by Gary and seconded by Beth to accept. Passed Treasurer Report: Lyn passed out copies of the current balance sheets; income and expense statement. They were read and discussed, motion by Kay and seconded by Phred to accept reports, Passed. Lyn also passed out copies of 2008-2009 Budget, motion by Beth and seconded by Phred to accept, Passed.

BFA: Troy reminded everyone that the BFA election was coming up. He also stated the Convention had gone really well and knows there will be more to come. AAAI Balloon Museum: Jennifer Greenwood thanked everyone who had helped them out with the Kids Camp this year. Emily Greenwood also thanked everyone and talked about the open house the Museum was having on Sunday June 29th. There will be music, storytelling, crafts, food and drinks. You can meet Sid Cutter, experiment with weather, talk to Ron Behrmann about taking good pictures at Fiesta, and, with weather permitting, see a helicopter close up. All of this is FREE.

Programs: Beth reported that starting in June and ending in August with Dr. Tom McConnell, the programs would be looking at our Heritage. Flying Events: Lichele reported the May flying event had 31 registered pilots with 8 pilots scoring within the target area; 3rd Ray Bair, 2nd Cory Atchley and 1st Jim Ahern. She reported the committee was busy redefining goals, updating rules, the way events are scored and just getting the rules in order. Everything will be posted on the web along with current standings.

Top Gun: Mary Jo Arrel reported that they had a great event in June and thanked everyone that helped. She invited all pilots to come out and fly with them in July, have fun and stay for tailgating. Top Gun flies the 3rd weekend of each month.

Crew Development: Phred reported that the Pandemonius Parade of Pancakes, Pork and Pilots went very well. They had 14 balloon crews making up 7 teams, all had a good time and he would announce the winners at the meeting.

Balloon Explorium: Colleen Valls reported they are looking for people to work at the Explorium during Fiesta. You can call her or Neida Naumburg. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 P.M. Next meeting on July 22nd.

Ways and Means: Jim reported that the committee was already collecting things for the big raffle in September. So if you have anything please let someone on the committee know. He also reported the rosters should be out in May.

BOARD MEETING MINUTES May 19, 2008 By Kay Sant

Education: Gary reported the AAAA Commercial Pilot Ground School was held April 25-27. The class had a total of 8 students registered. The Committee would like to thank everyone for their assistance in ensuring the success of this year’s Commercial Ground School. He reminded everyone of the AeroTeen Ground School; that it would introduce teens to

President Debbie Fowler called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M.


the basics. No boring lectures, just a lot of hands-on activities and practical information on becoming a pilot. You must be at least 14 years of age. When: June 21, from 7:45 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.; Where: AIBF Office, lunch will be provided; Cost: $35.00 which includes materials. Register on-line at www.hotairballoong.or contact Barbara Fricke at 265-2865 or barbaraficke@msn.com for more information.

Weather, Safety Equipment, Pilot Decision Making, and Comments from the FAA. A light lunch will be provided at a seminar cost of $35.00. Cut off date is September 24 (pre-registering) for the Fiesta seminar.

The committee is organizing a Back to Basics seminar for August, A “Fire Fighting 101 for Ballooning” in September, as well as the Safety Seminar during the 2008 AIBF. The committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 P.M.; everyone is welcome.

Flying Events: By Lichele Peete

Registration forms for all the seminars should be available in the Cloudbouncer and at the AAAA web site at www.hotairballooning.org.

The June flying event was a little brisk, but we had 38 pilots sign up with 6 pilots able to launch to attempt to score on the two targets declared by our beloved Balloonmeister Mr. Jim Ahern. Since no pilots were able to score on the target, 200 participation points will be awarded to all registered pilots. Over $50 was collected in donations and 15 pounds of canned goods which will be donated to the Road Runner Food Bank. Thanks to our Balloonmeister Jim Ahern, weather person Cory Atchley, John Hoffer for helping me with registration and our wonderful people who helped me score the two targets; Margo Ahern, Suzi Miller and Pam McCarty. I am truly grateful for everyone’s help and am always in need of volunteers, so let me know if you can be called upon at a moment’s notice, I’d really appreciate it! (lpballoon@hotmail.com)

Community Relations: No report Special Events: No report Old Business: Motion by Gary and seconded by Beth to Limit the wind talker to AAAA and Top Gun. Motion passed with Jim abstaining. New Business: Motion by Beth and seconded by Phred that the board adopt a policy for each committee to report to the board in advance of notification to the general membership, any Charitable allocations they propose to donate, so that the board can provide input as necessary. Passed.

No committee meeting in July, due to 4th of July weekend, we normally meet the Sunday prior to the flying event at Applebee’s on San Mateo & Academy at 6:30 P.M. Don’t forget to join us for the July Flying Event Sunday, July 13th at Balloon Fiesta Park for our Ice Cream Social thanks to a generous donation from CREAMLAND. Feel free to bring your favorite topping to share! Pilot registration at 5:30 A.M., pilot brief at 6:00 A.M.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 P.M. Next Board meeting will be July 14, AIBF office at 6:00 P.M.

COMMITTEE REPORTS Education Committee: The AeroTeen seminar held on June 21, with 13 students was great. Good reviews were received from the young men and women – the future of our sport. [Hopefully, Ray or Barbara sent in an article?]

Ways and Means: 08-09 Rosters are now available. Pick yours up at any general membership meeting. If you live outside the Albuquerque Metro Area your roster will be mailed to you mid July.

Back to Basics seminar, scheduled for August 9th, 11:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., at AIBF. This 4-hour seminar will cover Weather, Ground & Crew Safety, Pilot Decision Making, and Maintenance & Repair. A light lunch will be provided at a seminar cost of $35.00. Cut off date is August 1 to ensure lunch.

2008 annual pins are available at the meetings or call Jim if you need something sooner. Ways and Means committee meets the second Tuesday of each month, at 6:00 P.M. Call Jim at 505-350-7930 if you are interested in joining the committee.

The Fire Fighting for Balloonist seminar scheduled for September 13th is still in the planning stages. The Fiesta Safety Seminar, scheduled for October 7th “Ground Ops” will cover the following topics:


Crew D: Be sure to mark your calendar for the next Crew D competition during the Ice Cream social flying event Sunday July 13th @ Balloon Fiesta Park.

Special thanks to Joe and Debbie Candelaria for inviting Alan and I to the observer's class. We have learned so much and still have more to learn.

Our competition will be the Bovinically Bountied Banana Brigade…

Thanks to Top Gun for giving us, the Cannaday Crew, this opportunity.

For those of you who participated in our last event, it will be very much a similar event with a timed relay race where some kind of Ice cream confection will be amassed and consumed. We’ll provide the fixings, you need to come prepared to have a fun time and like last time the teams will be composed of folks from 2 balloon crews. Who knows, maybe you’ll get to watch your pilot get a brain freeze when they consume the frozen fixings…maybe you’ll get to take home the “Big Dipper” for first prize.

Shelly, Alan, Christopher and Bryana Cannaday.


The 1st Annual Pre-Fiesta Invitational and BBQ Texas Hold ‘Em

We need assistance from those of you who have received a crew achievement award in the past. The records of whom has achieved what level of accomplishment are not to be found, so we are trying to recreate the records with your help.



Minimum Distance Double Drop Name your game. Learn the rules. Practice your strategy. Win Prizes. Enjoy Lunch.

Please e-mail me with the dates of your crew level awards and the levels you have received. This way, we can re-create the program and pass all the information along for future reference. My e-mail is phredmac@hotmail.com.

Watch this space in the Cloudbouncer next month for more information, or check our website at http://topgunballooning.org for updates. Get out your Fiesta skills and come play with us. Tentative dates of 16 and 17 August. A nominal entry fee is required.

I would really hate to see the program go away because nobody kept any records.



“It’s HOT! ….”


June was a good month. I was able to get in a balloon on three separate occasions – first, on a Private Pilot Certification for Christian JeanJean (a French citizen and student of Al Lowenstein; second, some proficiency flying with Wayne Phillips (DET FSDO) while he was flying for his quarterly currency with Clarke O’Byrne; and finally, my own quarterly proficiency flying with Beth Wright-Smith (I’m not familiar with how to turn her GPS off, so I just quit looking at the groundspeed after it passed 12 on our last approach – sometimes, it’s better NOT knowing!). However, one thing all of these flights had in common was – the weather was HOT!

Hello from Top Gun and the Cannaday Crew. We had the June Top Gun Event on Sunday morning. Paul Clinton handed over the event reins to me, Shelly Cannaday and my family. OH MY GOSH, was I scared out of my mind! Thanks to my wonderful family, Alan, Christopher (Billy Ray), and Bryana for all their support and help calling the task. I had such a good time. My biggest worry was if the pilots didn't get to my targets. So glad that most of the pilots made it with two pilots hitting both targets. What a relief! I want to thank Mary Joe and Ray Bair for the extra tips and guidance that they gave me during my first solo experience as event director. Also thanks Ray for being at the first target with me and giving me extra tips.

Ever a gentleman, Ray Bair politely makes references to “The graying of our sport….: While the late George Carlin (never a gentleman) would simply say many of us are “old!” However, all of us are subject


to the perils of heat exhaustion and it can affect some of us more readily than others – regardless of our age. Heat related illnesses have an effect on everyone, whether they are a pilot or a crewmember. Actually, you can suffer from any of the problems below whether you are ballooning or working around the house after ballooning. Recently, the FSDO had an inspector suffer from heat induced illness and missed several days of work.

Pour cool (not ice) water on them and fan them to provide a cooling effect; Elevate their legs; and If the symptoms continue, seek medical attention. I imagine you have probably thought to yourself – “Throw them in the chase vehicle, turn the air conditioning to “Cold” and the fan to “High.” While it sounds like a good idea, most handbooks/safety cards DO NOT recommend this type of “shock cooling” as it may result in the victim going into shock. It took a period of time for them to suffer from heat stress and it should take a while for them to overcome it.

As we move into summer, I’ll offer the following as a refresher course on heat related illnesses/injuries and how to prevent/treat them. (I’m shamelessly copying much of this from some of my old U.S. Army manuals – but the information still applies.) BASIC PREVENTION: Drink fluids frequently (however, avoid diet drinks and coffee – they contribute to fluid loss; and Minimize heat stress by decreasing your work pace/rate – take your time.

Bottom Line: It’s summer, don’t overexert yourself – no matter what your outdoor activities have you doing. Fly safely! JD

HEAT CRAMPS: Muscle cramps in arms, legs, and/or stomach; Heavy sweating (wet skin – even in dry heat); and Extreme thirst. When these symptoms are noted –

SID CUTTER AWARD The Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) is now taking nominations for the Sid Cuter Award. Fist awarded in 1975, this Award is presented in Sid Cutter’s Name by the AAAA to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of ballooning. The nominee should be an individual whose extraordinary dedication has benefited the hot air ballooning community as a whole and is someone whose actions and efforts are not otherwise widely or publicly recognized. Recipients of the Sid Cutter Award are automatically awarded an honorary membership in AAAA. The award is presented during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta awards banquet.

Move the person to a shady area (inside, or alongside, the chase vehicle); Have them drink water, or a “sports drink”; and If the cramps continue, seek medical attention. HEAT EXHAUSTION: Swelling with pale moist/cool or dry/hot skin; Weakness or dizziness; Fatigue, Heat Cramps; Nausea; Tunnel vision; and Rapid breathing. When these symptoms are noted –

Written nominations must be submitted to the AAAA Board of Directors prior to the last day of August. Send nominations to: AAAA Board of Directors, P.O. Box 90160, Albuquerque NM 87199-0160 or email justkay43@msn.com.

Move the person to a shady area (inside, or alongside, the chase vehicle); Have them drink water, or a “sports drink” (at least one pint, or more);

AEROTEEN GROUND SCHOOL Ray Bair Periodically we review the state of the sport of Hot Air Ballooning. Along with bemoaning the fact that


new development and empty lot fill-in continually erodes our landing sites, we note the “graying of the sport.” The participants are getting older and it seems fewer and fewer young people are getting involved. To make a small contribution to helping this problem, a group representing the AAAA Education Committee got together and developed an AeroTeen Ground School. (The name is thanks to the wordsmith, Kathy Smith).

A FAR/AIM (a used 2007 copy collected from AAAA volunteers to each student) An AOPA Air Safety Foundation reprint addressing airspace A Balloon Fiesta map A Balloon Flight Simulator provided by Mike Voorhees The students were charged a registration fee of $30 and the AAAA Crew Development Committee made available scholarships for those who needed them.

Our primary objective from the beginning was to develop a one-day course that would reflect the topics normally studied in the normal course of ground training. We recognized that the 20-hour program normally presented would not work for the introductory seminar we had in mind. We went to work to reduce the content but retain the topics. We also discussed ways to present the material in a fun and effective manner; stressing hands-on and interactive methods.

Finally, student certificates were provided by the Designated Pilot Examiner to those eligible. The development team, comprised of Barbara Fricke, Clare Wade-Callihan, Colleen Valls and Ray Bair have defined some minor changes to the material and expect to offer the course again next summer. The next step is to take the material to Texas for the BFA Summer Camp and present the material in a series of evening sessions. This should provide a second opportunity for comment and improvement for future offerings.

We reduced the program to eight hours and divided the material into nine presentation topics: Balloon Systems, Propane, Instruments & Altitude Weather Theory Weather Services (Online) Mapping Fundamentals Charts, Navigation & Airspace Communications Regulations Aircraft Performance Taking a Flight

SILENT BURNER It is with great sorrow as I write this article; AAAA lost a long time member this month. Roberta “Bobbi” Kubisak passed away on June 14th. Most of you will remember her in the Chase Crew Tower at Fiesta for many years or at the St. Paddy’s Day Rally in Los Lunas selling pins and t-shirts, as she was a member of VFRS also. She also helped with membership packages for many years and anything else if you just asked her.

The first topic included an actual system setup and explanation for two brands of balloons. The last topic was developed to draw together the lessons of the day into a simulated flight plan from contacting the crew to fueling the system after flight. A full PowerPoint presentation for all topics was developed, although some of the instructors opted to teach the material without use of the slides.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to her husband of 53 years, Ed and their 5 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. AAAA has asked Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to establish a fund for a “tile” in her name. If $100 is collected we can purchase a 12” by 12” tile with a standard hot air balloon and 3 lines of print, 18 characters each per line. If $250 is collected, we can purchase a 12” x 12” in a custom design of our choosing. If you wish to contribute, please send a check made out to AIBF and mail to:

The class was conducted on Saturday and started with a 7:30 registration. We included a light breakfast, snacks throughout the day and pizza for lunch. There were 13 students. We originally planned for an age range of 14 to 18 years old. We let a couple of 13 year olds sneak in and they did just fine. The students were provided a packet of information which included:

AIBF for Bobbi Kubisak Fund 4401 Alameda Blvd. N.E. Albuquerque, NM 87113

The presentation materials A copy of the newly published Ballooning Handbook

Any budding artists in our group who would like to help design a custom tile if we get sufficient contri-


butions, please call Jim McKinney 505-350-7930 and we will let you know when those mini-meetings will occur.

Shifts are 9a-12n, 12n-2p, and 2p-4p each day of the Balloon Fiesta. Call Karen Brown at 980-1922 to set-up the best time for you. Call early so that you get the time you want.

Her kindness, generosity, sense of humor and love will be missed. I am sure she will be laughing at all of us as we make our way, in all the traffic to Fiesta.

Please join us in this adventure of the heart and mind! Give to others the joy you have experienced with hot air ballooning. That same joy will lift their lives as it has yours!

I know, I will miss my friend. By Kay Sant



My husband, Steve Makowski, passed away on May 12th. He was a club member for several years.

Then your place is with the Balloon Explorium! The thrill of those smiling faces looking up as you explain the wonders of hot air ballooning melt your heart. Imaginations soar with such interactive exhibits as “The Bubble Box”, flying a balloon on a computer, an interactive balloon basket with real burner sounds when you pull the blast valve open, and more, with new ones on the way. Exhibits are used to explain and teach children and adults alike the thrill and wonders of hot air ballooning. Our adventures take us to such exotic locales as New Mexico State Parks to work with the NM Park personnel, Roswell to teach thousands of regional school kids about ballooning through the Roswell Public Schools, and the Balloon Museum to act as docents for the Balloon Explorium exhibit during the Balloon Fiesta. There are many more locations around the state, as well as an opportunity annually to set up at the EAA Air Show and Fly-in to share and educate folks about the sport we all love so much.

Ginny Hines Makowski aka Momma Feelgood For those who fly near Coors/LaOrilla: There is a new area we need to avoid just NE of the launch site near the Credit Union and the Village Inn, between Coors and the river. A house with a white picket fence has horses. This month a horse was hurt when startled by a low flying balloon nearby. Please avoid flying low in the area with horses. Also avoid flying low over the houses in that area, particularly on weekends, since there have been complaints about that, too. Elizabeth Wright-Smith AAAA VP As part of our exploration into the beginnings of AAAA, Neida Naumburg and friends are planning a fall program based on the fashion shows of the early AAAA days. Anyone who still has some of those old ballooning clothes (e.g. jumpsuits, etc) and who would like to help, please contact Neida at 899-0700 or neidamom@comcast.net

One of our October events is held in cooperation with the Balloon Museum during the Balloon Fiesta. You will meet people from all over the world, spectators and pilots alike. Pilots from other countries you never see on the balloon field show up at the Balloon Museum. They are very interested in our flying rules verses theirs. Equipment is often different and it is eye opening how other countries often are not concerned about the things we are, and vice versa. It can be a learning experience for you as well as the visitors.

SUPPORT OUR HOSTS Many of you are aware that Garduno’s, unlike our past general meeting locations, doesn’t charge us for the room. Please help our hosts cover their expenses by arriving an hour or so early to eat dinner. The menu is included in this issue of the Cloudbouncer. FYI-The bar and the meeting area close at 9 PM so please plan accordingly for post-meeting activities.

The Balloon Explorium has set up shifts to meet and greet the wide range of visitors to our city. After that morning flight, pilots and/or crews are asked to join in this fun event and support the Balloon Explorium.


JULY BIRTHDAYS Gary Jantz Frank Mezzancello Dennis Eker Jeff Dodd Stephen Coffing Don Boyer Jon Wright Jude Keller Cheryl Wildes Reylynne Wilson Inga Mass Gary Haruska Isabel Gabbett Mark Wilson Frank O’Neil Dalese Black Russell James Barbara Doenges Carolyn Grantham David Melton Sharon Hartshorn Patti Norris Barbara Striegel Susanne Provo Mark Leibelt Barbara Fricke Deb Smith Josh Saiz Lana Mason Glenda Watson Bud Hebrlee Diana Myklebust Gregg Hardman Bill Flynt Phyllis Jackson Larry Boucher James Maclay Shelly Foxworthy Barb Sackett Karl Stefan Michael Gibson Denise King Gay Jensen James Eric Greenwood Susan Crim

7/02 7/02 7/02 7/04 7/06 7/06 7/07 7/07 7/08 7/08 7/08 7/08 7/08 7/10 7/10 7/13 7/15 7/15 7/15 7/15 7/16 7/16 7/17 7/18 7/19 7/19 7/19 7/20 7/20 7/21 7/21 7/23 7/23 7/25 7/26 7/26 7/26 7/27 7/27 7/28 7/28 7/28 7/28 7/28 7/30


CLASSIFIED ADS 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 from the most experienced instructor in the Southwest! Call Beth Wright-Smith, 505-604-2865 or email, pilotschool@lobo.net. FAA approved Part 141 school; flexible schedules.

FOR SALE: Exquisite Riley West Custom Home in Paradise Knolls for sale- 3 BR, +Office and Hobby/Exercise room, 3CG. Must see to believe! See a Virtual Tour @ www.circlepix.com/2SWD4Y. Call Lorie Guthrie, Desert Mesa Realty, 505-400-1857 for appointment.


FOR SALE: Immaculate Home in the heart of Taylor Ranch for sale-3 BR, 2BA, 2 CG. Sunken Great Room, cozy fireplace in MBR and lush green landscaping. Call Lorie Guthrie, Desert Mesa Realty, 505-400-1857 for appointment.

Rio Grande Community Farms is seeking volunteer balloonists to participate in the 2008 Corn Maze at Los Poblanos Fields. (Montano Road 1 mile West of 4th St.) Call Minor Morgan at 379-1640 or Ian Simmons at 917-3488 for more information. This is a great opportunity to launch from a beautiful space and see the corn maze from above. Event dates from August 30-Sept. 22. A presentation will be made at the July Quad A meeting. Thank You!

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(505) 999-8120

Free Home Buyer Real Estate services. Call Lorie Guthrie @ 505-400-1857, Desert Mesa Realty.


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“Back to Basics” Balloon Safety Seminar Sponsored By

AAAA Educational Foundation August 9, 2008 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Office 4401 Alameda Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 General Topics: Weather Ground and Crew Safety Pilot Decision Making Maintenance & Repair Back to Basics Registration Form: Cost $35.00 including a “lite” lunch Deadline for Pre-Registration is August 1, 2008 (to ensure lunch) Name:______________________________ Home Phone:__________________ Address:___________________________________________________________ Email:______________________________ Cell Phone:____________________ Credit Card Type:___________________________________ Credit Card Number__________________________ & security Number (on back)____________________ Credit Card Expiration Date:___________________________ Register on-line at www.hotairballooning.org under seminars or complete form and mail with check to AAAA Education Foundation / Tom Schroeder, 6119 Sweetwater NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120, or contact Tom at TerribleTomS@gmail.com


“Ground Ops” Balloon Safety Seminar Sponsored By

AAAA Educational Foundation October 7, 2008 1pm to 5 pm Santa Ana Star Casino Bernalillo, NM General Topics: Weather Safety Equipment Pilot Decision Making Comments from the FAA Balloon Fiesta Safety Seminar Registration Form: Cost $35.00 including a “lite” lunch Deadline for Pre-Registration is September 24, 2008 (to ensure lunch) Name:______________________________ Home Phone:__________________ Address:___________________________________________________________ Email:______________________________ Cell Phone:____________________ Credit Card Type:___________________________________ Credit Card Number__________________________ & security Number (on back)____________________ Credit Card Expiration Date:___________________________ Register on-line at www.hotairballooning.org under seminars or complete form and mail with check to AAAA Education Foundation / Tom Schroeder, 6119 Sweetwater NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120, or contact Tom at TerribleTomS@gmail.com


AAAA Budget 2008 - 2009 INCOME



COMMUNITY RELATIONS INCOME EXPENSES Land Owner Incentives Printing Propane Postage Community Relations Total



200.00 50.00 1,000.00 25.00 1,275.00


600.00 300.00 0.00 200.00 600.00 0.00 1,700.00


800.00 200.00 925.00 600.00 100.00 450.00 3,075.00


2,500.00 1,000.00 3,500.00


BOARD AND ADMIN INCOME Interest Other EXPENSES Accounting Awards and Plaques Board Meeting Expenses Treasurer Elections Postage Board and Admin Total

300.00 0.00


FLYING EVENTS INCOME EXPENSES Prizes Monthly Expenses End of Year Prizes Porta Potties Miscellaneous Windtalker Flying Events Total



SPECIAL EVENTS INCOME EXPENSES Fiesta Tent Miscellaneous Special Events Total




MEMBERSHIP INCOME Dues Corporate Memberships EXPENSES Postage New Member Packets Printing Supplies Membership Membership Total

14,800.00 100.00 800.00 700.00 100.00 250.00 0.00 1,850.00


2,400.00 400.00 2,800.00



1,000.00 1,000.00





PROGRAMS INCOME EXPENSES Room Rental/Speakers Expenses Door Prizes Programs Total








Education Foundation Budget 2008 - 2009 INCOME



COMMUNICATIONS INCOME CB Advertising CB Subscriptions EXPENSES Printing Postage Website Communications Total

1,500.00 0.00


3,750.00 1,100.00 100.00 4,950.00


500.00 2,400.00 2,500.00 200.00 400.00 900.00 100.00 7,000.00


300.00 400.00 50.00 300.00 1,050.00


1,400.00 1,400.00


SPECIAL EVENTS INCOME F&L Sponsors Late Registration F&L Raffle EXPENSES Crew Gifts Tent/Heaters/Generator Registration Reception Banners Porta-Potties Pins Miscellaneous Special Events Total

3,000.00 0.00 1,000.00


CREW DEVELOPMENT INCOME Crew Seminar EXPENSES Printing Prizes Monthly Expenses Youth Balloonist Crew Development Total



BOARD AND MISCELLANEOUS INCOME EXPENSES Accounting Board and Miscellaneous Total




WAYS AND MEANS INCOME Roster Merchandise Corporate Memberships Fund Raising Raffle EXPENSES Roster Merchandise Corporate Memberships Fund Raising Ways and Means Total

2,000.00 2,500.00 250.00 3,500.00 1,100.00 5,000.00 2,000.00 100.00 100.00 7,200.00


100.00 700.00 400.00 2,000.00 3,000.00 1,000.00 7,200.00



1,000.00 1,000.00





EDUCATION INCOME Monthly Seminars PPGS CPGS Fiesta Safety Seminar Books/Video EXPENSES Monthly Seminars PPGS CPGS Fiesta Safety Seminar Books/Video Instructor/Committee Appreciation Education Total

250.00 3,500.00 1,650.00 8,000.00 900.00








WINDTALKER 505-891-1733





AAAA on the internet www.hotairballooning.org

AAAA P.O. Box 90160 Albuquerque, NM 87199-160

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2008 July Cloudbouncer  

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

2008 July Cloudbouncer  

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