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A Monthly publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association & Education


VOL 110 • ISSUE 11

November 2009



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Board of Directors 2009-2010

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 Tonya Griego Phone: 505.463.4318 aaaasecretary@gmail.com

Treasurer Lyn Kirkwood Phone: 505.897.1948 lynkirkwood@msn.com

Flying Events Lichele Peete Phone: 505.410.8525 lpballoon@hotmail.com

Education Tom Fisher Phone: 505.823.9322 tfisher@tomjfisher.com

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

Community Relations Bud Hebrlee Phone: 505.401.9368 buddman327@msn.com Special Events Paul Kress Phone: 505.818.8088 PMKbuild@yahoo.com Ways & Means Debbie Reynolds Phone: 505.761.7054 dar_reynolds@msn.com


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Monthly Board Meeting: Monday November 16th, 6pm AIBF Office Education Committee Meeting: Monday November 9th, 6pm AIBF Office Flying Events Meeting: Monday November 9th, 5:30pm Applebee’s on San Mateo & Academy Crew Development Meeting: Same as Flying Events date and time

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Board Members absent: Tom Fisher


Guest: John Hofer

By Debbie Fowler

Secretary: Voting in of new members. Hi Everybody,

Treasurer: Lyn passed out printed copies of current revenues and expense statements, this was read and Lyn answered all questions. Paul had several questions regarding the amount paid to Ortega’s propane for F&L’s 2008. Paul will follow up with Lorie Guthrie and Ortega’s. The financial reports were approved pending Paul’s follow up on the propane.

As I write this it's still 30 degrees outside; I'm guessing winter is on the way!!! Hope you were at the October meeting, the Fiesta WrapUp was interesting and we even had a visit from our own "Balloon Boy!" As we move into the winter flying season, there is a lot to remember, especially for cold weather flying and crewing! Please look at the Crew "D" section in this Cloudbouncer for details on a November Crew seminar to help with "must know" cold weather information you don't want to be without!

Vice President: The agenda for the October General meeting will include a Fiesta wrap-up. The November program will include instruction on how to contact Double Eagle and what to do if you don’t have an aircraft radio. Flying Events: Lichele is submitting the revised waiver to the FAA and is hoping to have the new waiver available in January. The next flying event will be held November 15th in Rio Rancho, pilot registration begins at 6:00am with pilot briefing at 6:30am. Registration fee will be the regular entry fee – the club will not be participating in Coats for Kids. R2C2 roll-out will also be at the November flying event, more information to follow in the Cloudbouncer. Lichele is checking on times for sunrise for next year’s flying events.

And from the Education Committee, WOW, a record breaking Fiesta Safety Seminar attendance. A special Thank You to all the helped with this event and also to those that attended. A couple of announcements for you: 1. It's been several years since the AAAA Bylaws have been visited. Beth Wright Smith is putting together a committee to take a look and offer changes. If you would like to be part of that group, please contact Beth asap.

Education: The Fiesta Safety Seminar had 250+ attendees, which was an increase from last year. Ground School is planned for February and April.

2. Even though it's November, we have elections on the horizon in March. Positions open are: President, Treasurer, Flying Events, Crew "D", and Education. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please contact Bonni Northcutt, the Nominating Committee Chair. Her cell number is 505-301-6813; please call after 4pm. Her e-mail address is bonninorthcutt@comcast.net

Crew Development: The Cold Weather Crew Seminar is scheduled for November 21st, fee $10. Registration will be on the website. The seminar will include truck maintenance and a first aid portion to be presented by Sam Tzamaloukis and her daughter.

That's enough for now, keep warm and fly safe! Debbie

Ways & Means: Debbie Reynolds had not received the results from the East side Panda Express dinner. Pin Sets are finished for the Corporate Sponsors. The committee is looking into shirts for F&L.


Community Relations: Bud went over the instructions from The Downs of Albuquerque for the glow on Friday, October 23rd. Bud received a flyer from Feather Banners. Bud received one Landowner Certificate from Rudy Tenorio.

President Debbie Fowler called the meeting to order at 5:58pm. Board Members present: Debbie Fowler, Paul Kress, Tonya Griego, Lichele Peete, Phred McAllaster, Lynn Kirkwood, Bud Hebrlee, Debbie Reynolds and Beth Wright-Smith.

Special Events: Paul Kress is still working hard on Friend’s & Lover’s.


Old Business: Guardian Storage at 19th & Golf Course has exchanged a climate controlled 5x5 unit for advertising in the Cloudbouncer. This unit will be used to store historical documents. Beth WrightSmith has agreed to lead a for the by-laws subcommittee – she will be needing volunteers.

COMMITTEE REPORTS COMMUNITY RELATIONS General Manager of Albuquerque Downs, Michael Lazarus wrote, “Thanks so much for all your efforts in putting this together. Everyone was great. We were able to place several balloons on the track, right up close to the folks.”

New Business: No new business. Meeting adjourned at 7:14pm, next board meeting, will be Monday, November 24th at 6:00pm; everybody is welcome to attend.

A special thank you is in order for all those who tried in the past to successfully glow at the Albuquerque Downs these past few years during Fiesta. Unfortunately, it either rained or the wind blew and that ended the story until the evening of Friday, October 23, 2009. The weather finally turned out perfect and AAAA thanks the following pilots for a spectacular glow, well done. Eric Greenwood, Nancy AubolHanks, John Hofer, Paul Kress, Lori Pitman and Mark Trillanes. We also thank their crews who enjoyed a prime rib dinner after the glow. Thank you Albuquerque Downs.

Submitted by Tonya Griego

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES Hi everybody, Thank You Deb Reynolds for taking notes Tuesday night. AAAA Monthly Meeting Minutes Oct 27th, 2009 Meeting called to order 7pm. The membership welcomed 3 guests and congratulated one new private pilot, Dan Meyers.

ReadWest Literacy Day is November 7, 2009. They will celebrate their 20th Anniversary at the Inn at Rio Rancho from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There will be a live auction and I am pleased to advise Blair Kaufman has generously volunteered a certificate for a Hot Air Balloon ride to be auctioned off for the benefit of this wonderful organization. ReadWest has been teaching Adults to Read and Speak English since 1989. Thank you Blair.

Announcing the AAAA 2009 Sid Cutter Award Recipient; Paul R. Smith. Program: Fiesta Wrap-Up presented by Paul Smith and Pat Brake. Even though Paul stressed these weren't the final numbers, this was a good representation; approximate total guests: 761,000; Gondola Club 5,342 guests; Chase Club 1,898 guests; Group Tours 10,066; Park n Ride 68,000.

I am seeking volunteers to give tethered rides at Balloon Fiesta Park on Saturday November 7, 2009. This is for the annual Walk To Cure Diabetes for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This wonderful organization is hoping to reach their goal of $550,000 for diabetes research and they encourage their co-workers, family and friends to participate. Please volunteer if possible by calling me at 505296-2440. I’ll try to provide you with the necessary information as to time and access to the Fiesta Park.

New items this year: Bike Valet 2,400 bicycles; balloon cards to pilots; text messaging 1,012 registered users, (not number of texts sent); Virtual Receptionist 19,910 incoming calls; Balloons 568; Pilots 720; Special Shapes 86; International Balloons 65. Five AAAA member pilots won prizes and/or money; Frank Dickey, Gerry Graff, Bob Mass, Gary Bennett and Richard Abruzzo.

Sincerely, Bud Hebrlee, AAAA Director Community Relations

All in all, a successful Fiesta. November Program: Double Eagle Airport

FLYING EVENTS No October Flying Event due to mass happiness at Balloon Fiesta! Plan on using those competition skills as the Flying Events Committee introduces the R2C2 competition at the November flying event which will be Sunday, November 15th in Rio Rancho. Canned goods or $3.00 will be accepted. Pilot registration is at 6:00am with the pilot brief at

December, no meeting. For board reports and committee information, please see elsewhere in this Cloudbouncer, there is lots going on in the next couple months, so don't miss anything!


6:30am. See John Hofer for questions on the R2C2 competition, he will have flyers available and you can also refer to the Cloudbouncer.

alarmed me that so many pilots accept something that has been passed down through a couple of ballooning generations without thinking about the results. With more than 30 years of pilot experience giving rides, flying corporate promotions and teaching people to fly, I have learned to do several things that are not the “accepted norm,” for the sake of safety.

The next Flying Events committee meeting will be Monday, November 9th at 5:30pm at Applebee’s on San Mateo and Academy - - - - date and time change for this meeting. We will be confirming the calendar and operating rules for next year so any and all ideas will be appreciated! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the last flying event of the year . . . the Jingle Bell non-rally December 12th and 13th at Balloon Fiesta Park with registration at 6:30am and pilot briefing at 7:00am.

People bend at the waist. If they have their bodies facing forward upon landing, especially novices who don’t really know what to expect, they are likely to bend upon the impact and thus fall out. Not only will they fall out, but they will fall out head-first.

CREW D Hey Guys, There’s still some time to register for the last spots available for our Crew D seminar “Fun, Flying without Freezing your Farkles”

There are much more stable ways for passengers to brace for landing. The ride pilots shared their highwind landing instructions with the audience. Their instruction is to stand backwards and hold on. This is the most stable way to brace, especially in a hard landing, but requires more communication from the pilot as to when they will actually touch the ground, since the passengers won’t be able to see as well. (They can, however, see by looking over their shoulders.) With enough input it isn’t really even necessary for passengers to see; it is more important for them to be ready for impact in a hard landing, including not only the direction their bodies face, but not standing in the middle of the basket; instead being braced against something.

November 21st @ Balloon fiesta Office 1-4pm. Deadline for registration is November 15th. You can register online or by mail. It’s only $10. We’ll be discussing topics like: - Winterizing the chase truck for winter flying - How do you pressurize a propane tank - Winter and propane related first aid

Another option during high-wind landings is for the passengers to stand sideways to the direction of travel, lean against the basket while down low and holding on. While there are other ways to stand that are also stable, the most UNSTABLE is with bodies facing the direction of travel. The only people I have known to fall out of a balloon were facing this direction.

And a couple of other topics we’re working on too. Plan to join us so you’re ready for those winter rallies we all enjoy.

FACE FORWARD AND BEND YOUR KNEES… Submitted by Beth Wright-Smith

I suggest that every pilot think about their instructions to passengers and re-think their face-forward instructions. I believe it will prevent some serious injuries if pilots never again tell a passenger to “face forward” on landing.

Among the presentations at the AAAA Safety Seminar during Balloon Fiesta, was a panel of commercial ride operators. During their panel discussion they described their instructions to passengers. Not one said, “Face forward” for landing. From my experience, this is typical of a ride pilot briefing. The seminar participants were then polled on their instructions for landing to their passengers. Over 80% said they tell their passengers to face forward on landing.

TOXONOMY A balloon pilot told me the other day that he was an old-timer. I asked when he got his license, and he said “1991.” I began to think about his 18 years of ballooning (and my almost 37 years) and decided that we “old-timers” needed a classification system. Why? Well, because Fiesta is over, it’s raining again, I am between “honey-dos,” and my son got my 35-year pilot patch.

Telling passengers to face forward is in all the balloon literature, and has been a common landing instruction since a balloonist put it in writing 30 years ago. However that doesn’t mean it is a good idea. It


Scientists tend to like classifications, and Latin classifications are for the birds, what better way to do this than to apply historical data. The brothers Montgolfier, for example, as well as Messrs. Charles and Rozier belong to the 18th century (the 1700s for those of you in Rio Linda). The 19th century belongs to the early 1800s men and women balloonist daredevils, to Thaddeus Lowe of Civil War fame, and to Park van Tassel who inflated and flew a gas balloon in Albuquerque in 1882. The 20th century includes Professor Blondin of 1907 New Mexico Territorial Fair fame, to the Japanese paper/silk balloons of World War II, to Ed Yost and Don Piccard and Jim Winker, then of Raven Industries, to smoke balloonist Capt. Eddie, to the balloonists of the Coupe Gordon Bennett, the European gas balloonists of the Alps, and to our own Sid Cutter. It includes the beginnings of many balloon events, from the 1960s through 1999, including the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association’s Cloudbouncer rallies such as February’s Valentine Day rally (now the AAAA Friends and Lovers Rally), Top Gun, Farmington’s Memorial Day rally, Red Rocks, Taos, White Sands, the Valencia Retrieval Society rally and many, many more in New Mexico alone.

balloonist. We pre-World War II kids more than qualify, especially when folks talk about the Hubble telescope, iPods and BlackBerrys and plasma TVs, and cell phones, and human cloning and other modern phenomena. [I thought of using the term “vintage.” My dictionary defines vintage (adj) as “characterized by excellence, maturity and enduring appeal; venerable; classic.” Then I found a second definition: “old or outmoded.” Also, the derivation alludes to wine, which is appropriate, but many balloonists enjoy the malted and hopped variety of drink, so for two reasons, I abandoned that term.] Given a bit more thought, I began to lose confidence in my effort. Should the dates be from and to midnight of January 1st in each category? Should someone in training in December of 1984 but FAA certified in January of 1986 be allowed the moniker “old-timer?” What do we call the pilot from 1991 that has 18 years experience, and many more logged flying hours than I? We can’t call that person a “new-timer,” can we? For the “Ancient Ones,” should we have “Early Ancient One” for the Union and Rebel gas balloon pilots of the Civil War, but “Late Ancient One” for Ed Yost? And what about the term balloonist? Can a dedicated balloon crew chief of 18 years be a balloonist? Should we allow the word “ballooner” as an equivalent term? Is a “balloonatic” a crazy balloonist?

What words and dates might describe these eras in ballooning? With apologies to all my biological taxonomist friends, here they are: OLD-TIMER ANTIQUE ANCIENT ABORIGINAL

1975-1985 1950-1975 1850-1950 1783-1850

OK, I’m done. Time to check the honey-do list. Tom McConnell, Antique Balloon Pilot -30-


Aboriginal or aborigine means autochthonous. What? It means original native, indigenous, earliest known, from the Greek meaning “one sprung from the land itself,” or from the Latin meaning “from the beginning.” OK, those earliest balloonists, as well as their balloons, whether gas (hydrogen, made from mixing a strong acid (sulfuric or hydrochloric) with pieces of iron), hot-air (burning straw or wood or anything else that would burn) or hybrid (both gas and hot-air), deserve the word original. The Latin ab (“from,” or “away from”) just makes the word fancier, more elitist, which we all strive to be, but deny.

2 Tiered Flying Event (R2 C2 - Rio Rancho Crazy Competition) Purpose: To give AAAA pilots an opportunity to sharpen their flying skills by providing them with a more challenging event with out changing the basic format of the traditional AAAA 12-month cumulative points flying event. This event is not intended to compete with Top Gun but instead provide a stepping stone for pilots into the Top Gun level of competition.

Ancient means very old or aged, occurring in times long past. In my case, for example, when I was born, which was, my mother told me, in 1935.

General Description: This event will take place only at the Rio Rancho Field. The event will incorporate 2 targets. The first will be the target for the AAAA 12-month cumulative points and will follow the AAAA flying event rules. To score in the R2 C2 competition, the distance from

Antique, which is defined as old fashioned, belonging to an earlier time, more than 100 years old, is the way I feel sometimes when I talk to the 18-year


center of second target will be added to the distance from the center of the 1st target. More simply put, #1 target distance added to #2 target distance equals the score for R2 C2. With the exception of point scoring, rules for the 2nd target will also follow AAAA flying event rules. Money and bragging rights will be awarded to the top 3 scorers at each R2 C2 event. The points from the second target will not be added to the 12-month AAAA cumulative points.

- If 2 pilots score the 1st place will receive 50% of the pot and 2nd place will receive 30% of the pot. The remaining money will stay in the pot and be added to the next R2 C2 event’s pot. - Remember the second tier of competition is called Rio Rancho Crazy Competition. Any kind of competition/target could be declared. - AAAA will not be supplying baggies for the second target but baggies for both targets have to be the standard baggy with the pilots name and AAAA number on them.

There could be as many as 6 pilots winning money. First 3 place winners for the standard AAAA target and the first 3 place winners for the R2 C2 event. Or there could be as few as 3 winners. That is 3 pilots taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in both tiers of competition.

The first R2 C2 will be held November 15th. Even though this will be a trial run there will be a $100.00 pot. If you have any questions or comments send them to: John H. Hofer at jhhballoon@gmail.com.

The R2 C2 target, target #2, will be marked with 2-3 helium balloons tied to a string set 200 ft. from the center of the target. These balloons will be located such that they are neither up wind nor down wind of the X.

RAPID UPDATE CYCLE (RUC) WINDS Let me start this month’s column by saying thank you for allowing me to speak at the AAAA Safety Seminar during the Fiesta. I was fighting a bad head cold, so I hope I made sense, but it seemed that many of you appreciated the information I was able to bring.

The Flying Events Committee has the option to change the type of target(s) if they so desire. Remember this is the Rio Rancho Crazy Competition, so look for the helium balloons that mark the second target.

One of the topics that I was surprised to find a majority of balloonists were not familiar with is a weather product recently developed by NOAA – RUC wind forecasts. This product was developed to serve users needing frequently updated short-range weather forecasts.

Winning and Payouts For the R2 C2: - With the exception of point scoring, rules for the 2nd target will also follow AAAA flying event rules. - Unless other wise declared at pilot briefing, pilots can throw their baggies at either target first. - There will only be 3 place winners for the combined scores of the two targets. (R2 C2) - Scores for the R2 C2 will be the sum of the distance from the center of the target to where the baggie landed on each of the targets. - The pilot with the lowest combined distance wins 1st place, next lowest wins 2nd place, next lowest 3rd place. - 1st place winner gets 50% of the pot, 2nd place 30%, 3rd place 20% - There will be only 5 R2 C2 events in a calender year. - Each of these 5 competitions will have $100.00 added to the pot - If the event is weathered out the $100.00 will stay in the pot and be added to the next R2 C2 event's pot. - If no one places, the $100.00 will stay in the pot and be added to the next R2 C2 event’s pot. - If only 1 pilot scores he/she will receive 50% of the pot. The remaining money will stay in the pot and be added to the next R2 C2 event's pot.

Basically it is a winds aloft forecast. The FD’s currently used by pilots and weather briefers during a preflight briefing give the wind forecast in time periods of several hours each through a 24-hour period and in 3,000 foot altitude increments. The Rapid Update Cycle, (RUC) wind data is measured in 50 to 150 foot increments, hourly for a 12 hour period! As you can see this is far more pertinent to the needs of balloonists. The data that the RUC winds are based on comes from the same NEXRAD radar sources as the VAD winds, combined with other synoptic forecast models. There are a few sources currently available to check on the RUC wind data. If you prefer to go straight to the source the website is: http://ruc.noaa.gov. This website has the pressure altitude charts and you can ask for a specific RUC wind readout, but you need to ask for each hour separately – making it more difficult to use.


I prefer to use one of the following websites.

I mentioned at the seminar that the FAA almost did not fund the briefing areas at the Fiesta this year. If you want us to continue to be there, it wouldn’t hurt to send a compliment/comment to Lockheed Martin and the FAA through their websites: www.afss.com (Lockheed Martin) and http://www.faa.gov/contact (to email) or 1-866-TELL-FAA.

www.ballooncast.com gives current and forecast data at a given airport by typing in the airport code. To get the RUC winds you will need to look for RUC PROFILE under the other data. www.pilotsandweather.com is designed to give a standard weather briefing, so once you sign in, you can pull down the tab that says “FLT Plan & Wx Brief” – then click on balloon brief. Once you enter the closes airport code and click on the airplane all the information you receive from flight service or duats or any other vendor is available to you in a standard briefing format. (Scroll to the bottom to see the row of weather products: AWW, WST, METAR etc.)

Again, thank you for inviting me to speak at the event, I enjoyed seeing so many pilots that I have spent time with, flown with, and briefed while working at ABQ AFSS. Rose Marie Kern is currently stationed at the Lockheed Martin AFSS facility outside Washington, DC. If you have questions or comments for Rose, you can contact her at author@rosemariekern.com.

Both of these websites will display the winds for at least the next nine hours using Greenwich Mean Time (Zulu). Combining the Velocity Azimuth Display (VAD) wind readouts that show current winds measured in thousand foot increments updated every six minutes with the RUC forecast winds can give you a significant advantage during ballooning competitions.

SHORT BLAST For all you folks that took advantage of FSS in the Pilot tent during Fiesta, and/or went to the AAAA Fiesta Safety Seminar, please send a comment and a quick Thank You to www.afss.com. It seems they don't understand how important it is to have them at Fiesta....Thanks!!! for helping them come back next year! Deb Fowler

Since this is a recent NOAA product, the Flight Service weather briefers unfortunately have not been trained on RUC winds and do not yet have access to the data – so don’t expect them to give you anything but the normal winds aloft (FD) during your briefing.

NOVEMBER MEETING PROGRAM Double Eagle Tower With the tower open and our typical flying areas close by or inside the Class D airspace, tower personnel will tell us how to talk to them, when to talk to them and what information they need. Things out there keep changing. Be sure to make it to this meeting!



Fiesta Photos


“Crew D” Seminar

Chasing n Crewing 4 Colder Conditions Or Flying, Fun, without Freezing your Farkles

November 21, 2009 1-4pm, AIBF Registration Form Name ________________________________________ Address______________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip________________________________________________________ Daytime Phone Number________________________

Evening Phone Number_________________________

E-mail address________________________________________________________

Seminar is $10 per person

Entry Deadline is Thursday, November 12, 2009

Please include payment with this form. Check made out to AAAA or credit card. Name as it appears on card____________________________________________________ Billing address and zip code___________________________________________________________________ Credit card number_________________________________ Type



Expiration date_________3 digit cvc number______(on back with signature area, after last 4 digits of card #)


Please mail to: AAAA “Crew D” Crew Seminar P.O. Box 90160 Albuquerque, NM 87199-0160 You will be contacted when your registration is received. Questions? Contact . . . Phred McAllaster Phredmac@hotmail.com



Photos from the ABQ Downs Balloon Glow


Photos from the Corrales Halloween Balloon Glow


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2009 November Cloudbouncer  

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

2009 November Cloudbouncer  

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