A Monthly publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association & Education
VOL 111 • ISSUE 1
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THE NEXT GENERAL MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY JANUARY 26, 2009 AT MCM ELEGANTE 7:00 PM
Board of Directors 2009-2010
President Debbie Fowler Phone: 505.239.1146 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President VP Beth Wright-Smith Phone: 505.604.2865 email@example.com
Secretary/Membership Tonya Griego Phone: 505.463.4318 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer Lyn Kirkwood Phone: 505.897.1948 email@example.com
Flying Events Lichele Peete Phone: 505.410.8525 firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Tom Fisher Phone: 505.823.9322 email@example.com
Crew Development: Phred McAllaster Phone: 505.710.9669 firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Relations Bud Hebrlee Phone: 505.401.9368 email@example.com Special Events Paul Kress Phone: 505.818.8088 PMKbuild@yahoo.com Ways & Means Debbie Reynolds Phone: 505.761.7054 firstname.lastname@example.org
www.hotairballooning.org Cloudbouncer Lori Pitman Phone: 505.890.8868 / 301.305.0141 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Monthly Board Meeting: Monday January 18th, 6pm AIBF Office Education Committee Meeting: Monday January 11th, 6pm AIBF Office Flying Events Meeting: Sunday January 3rd, 6:30pm Applebee’s on San Mateo & Academy Crew Development Meeting: Same as Flying Events date and time
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Phred McAllaster, and Beth Wright-Smith
Board Members absent: Paul Kress, Bud Hebrlee, and Debbie Reynolds
By Debbie Fowler
Guest: John Hofer Secretary: 2010 Renewals will be sent out to the membership by the end of the week.
Brrrrrrrrr, Oh Baby, It's Cold Outside!!! I'm writing this at the end of December so we can get this Cloudbouncer out to you at the very first of January.
Treasurer: Lyn passed out printed copies of current revenues and expense statements, this was read and Lyn answered all questions. Motion to accept. Passed. The issues regarding the amount issued to Ortega’s for F&L’s 2009 in the amount of $1467.02 on 08/31/09 has been resolved resulting in Ortega’s issuing AAAA a credit in the amount of $570. This credit will be put towards F&L’s 2010.
I had an opportunity to fly with Eric Greenwood, in his balloon, last Sunday. We flew into the river, over the woods, across town and on to an easy landing at the car auction. It was really nice being just a passenger. Looking over the city and getting my bearings, (it's been a long time since I'd seen ABQ from here!) I gotta tell you, there are lots of landing sites especially as you get south. Eric pointed out all the red areas, yellow areas and places he's landed and at what speeds. This was quite a learning experience for me. As it was a Sunday morning, there wasn't a lot of traffic at the airport, but being a good pilot, Eric called anyway. There are many areas south of I-40 and west of I-25, that truly verify the adage "fly on." Thanks Eric, it was a great morning, and I promise to repeat the day in my own balloon soon…(yes, I'll borrow an aircraft radio!)
Vice President: No program for January has been decided yet. Flying Events: Lichele reported that the Jingle Bell Non Rally flying event had a great turnout. There were 51 pilots with 9 scoring. Third place – Paul Smith, Second Place – Allan Hahn and First Place went to Blair Kaufman. John Hofer did a great job as “The Hare”. 75 Presents were collected and $95 in cash. The waiver was turned into FAA with the requested corrections and Lichele is expecting a response soon.
It's January, and our yearly elections are fast approaching. Positions open are President, Treasurer, Flying Events, Crew "D" and Education. I must say these last 4 years have been very rewarding serving this club, and I'm glad for the opportunity. This is a great way to help your club move forward and I heartily suggest that if you are interested in serving, you speak with Bonni Northcutt or Keith Takach asap.
Education: Reminder that the Private Pilot Ground School will be held 2/19-2/21. Also, Tom spoke to the board about selling books at the Balloon Museum. Crew Development: No report Ways & Means: Debbie was out of town but her committee did meet and has proposed some changes to the corporate memberships. These changes will be presented to the board for a vote.
That's all I have for now, except to wish each and every one of you and your families a very Happy, Prosperous and Blessed 2010!
Community Relations: No report as Bud was not in attendance.
Deb Fowler AAAA President
Special Events: No report as Paul was not in attendance.
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Old Business: Deb Fowler presented a proposal to the board regarding obtaining sponsors for the meeting room. Motion to accept – passed. Website corrections can be submitted to Josh by anyone on the board.
December 14, 2009 President Debbie Fowler called the meeting to order at 6:15pm. Board Members present: Debbie Fowler, Tonya Griego, Tom Fisher, Lyn Kirkwood, Lichele Peete,
New Business: There was a request that AAAA Flying events be listed with the Albuquerque Convention Center. Motion to accept - passed
Our first flying event for 2010 will be Saturday, January 9th at Balloon Fiesta Park, pilot registration will be at 6:45am and brief at 7:15am.
Meeting adjourned at 6:55pm, next board meeting at AIBF office, will be Monday, January 18th at 6:00pm, everybody is welcome to attend.
Mark your calendars for the Friends & Lover’s Flying Event that will be held February 13th & 14th. As soon as we have received the Waiver approved by the FAA all the dates for flying events will be posted. Next flying events meeting will be Sunday, January 3rd at 6:30pm at Applebee’s on San Mateo and Academy.
Submitted by Tonya Griego
COMMITTEE REPORTS COMMUNITY RELATIONS
CREW D Hope this finds everyone relaxing from a safe and Joyous Holiday season. Be safe and have a
FLYING EVENTS We had 2 wonderful days of flying for our Jingle Bell Non-Rally December 12th & 13th. Four different charities in Albuquerque were the recipients of the 86 presents and cash collected at the event. $100 in cash donations was donated to Roadrunner Food Bank where they will be able to turn it into over $800 in food for families in need. Around half of the wrapped presents went to the Ronald McDonald House (they needed presents for infants to 4 years old), Toys for Tots needed unwrapped (we had about a dozen) and All Faith’s Receiving Home received the rest.
prosperous year from Crew D. WAYS AND MEANS Ways and Means is working on corporate sponsorships, ad renewals for the new roster and looking at new pin designs for 2010.
ATC REFERENCE MATERIALS Every sector of aviation has a guide, a reference, a “Bible” that defines the rules and regulations we work by, and usually several supplemental documents that allow for regional variations.
THANK YOU TO ALL PILOTS AND CREW MEMBERS FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
Just as the private pilot has the Aeronautical Information Manual and the published Notices to Airmen, each branch of Air Traffic Control must abide by the rules laid out for them at the national level.
Now onto the flying task. After much deliberation a hare & hound was called with John Hofer being the hare. Launching from Balloon Fiesta Park, he and I had a heck of a challenge deciding where to land and set out the X as the winds were really light and variable. John did a great job working the winds to navigate back to Balloon Fiesta Park. Then the race was on for us to set the target out and watch the baggies come in! Taking 3rd place with a throw of 42’ 9” was Paul Smith. Allan Hahn came in 2nd with a throw of 37’ 11” and Blair Kaufman came in 1st place with a throw of 3’ 6”. Out of 51 registered pilots for the event, 9 were able to score.
For those who wish to be apprised of which stone tablets regulate the actions of ATC, I have compiled a list of publications that are easily accessed through the www.faa.gov/atpubs website. FAA 7110.65 This publication governs the Air Route Traffic Control Centers, Approach Controls and Air Traffic Control Towers. This lovely document covers everything from how fast they are allowed to speak to the basics of separating air traffic both enroute and in a terminal environment.
No scores will be posted until after they are announced at the January General Meeting with the Top 20 awards being presented then. Check out the posted scores on the website and see if you can see who will be in what place when all the year end scores are tallied!
FAA 7110.10 This kissing cousin to the 7110.65 is the governing publication for Flight Service. It covers such things as the requirements of a pilot briefing and the order of precedence regarding procedures. For instance radio calls from aircraft already in flight are higher priority than phone calls. With privatization the book stays pretty much the same, but references to FS21 are being made to reflect the new operating system.
Sunday’s fun fly had weather cooperating for another day of flying over Albuquerque.
FAA 7340.1 Contractions. …All kinds of contractions. It has contractions used in ATC, ICAO and in weather. It contains all the known three letter designators for air carriers across the planet. This is good because the next time that Gessellschaft Fur Flugzieldarstellung airlines flies in from Germany, I will know that the contraction GFD should be pronounced “Kite”. For civilian aircraft it gives the contractions that are assigned to each country – like “N” means USA and XA means Mexico. There are military aircraft type contractions, and the allowed contractions for all the small aircraft. Since a lot of these have changed in the past 5 years, I actually use this portion of the book more than all the rest. (For instance, Cherokees are not PA28’s. They are P28A’s. PA28 will not be accepted by the computer anymore because the computer knows the new designators).
ing ATC and the Lockheed Martin AFSS’s, send her an email at email@example.com
SPECIAL PUBLIC LECTURE AT THE BALLOON MUSEUM Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 2 PM “Sabotage in the Arctic: Fate of the Submarine Nautilus and its North Pole Rendezvous with the Airship Graf Zeppelin” by Dr. Stewart B. Nelson Enjoy this fantastic real-life story by Dr. Stewart B. Nelson, renowned oceanographer, author, lecturer and historian. He will recount the ill-fated 1931 attempt by Sir Hubert Wilkins to be the first to cross the Arctic Ocean in a submarine (the Nautilus) by way of the North Pole and rendezvous there with the famous German airship Graf Zeppelin. Learn what went wrong, and how years later Dr. Nelson helped discover the final resting place of the Nautilus. He will also discuss the proposed and actual exchange of mail between the Graf and a Soviet icebreaker. Lecture is FREE with Paid Museum Admission.
FAA JO7350.7 Location Identifiers When I started working for the FAA, this book was under two inches thick, it is now twice that. It lists every known public and private airfield in the US, Mexico and Canada, as well as Navaids, weather stations and Flight Service Stations. If your job immerses you in location identifiers long enough, you find yourself seeing airport names in every auto license plate on the road. FAA 8020.16 Aircraft Accident and Incident Notification, Investigation, and Reporting …So you have an Oops – big or small, this handbook is used by Flight Standards and Flight Service to accomplish all the required procedural steps and compile the mountains of paperwork necessary to satisfy all the lawyers. FAA 7900.5 Surface Weather Observations Do you believe there is a book over an inch thick that just tells you how to take a METAR? AC 00-45 Aviation Weather Services This one is a bit thinner than the Metar book – but it covers everything you wanted to know about how to interpret all known weather products as they relate to aviation - advisories, winds, surface charts, forecasts, radar, satellite imagery etc.
JANUARY PROGRAM The program at the January AAAA general meeting will be excerpts from the new KNME DVD about Balloon Fiesta. Many of our friends are featured. Even if you saw it on TV, it’s worth seeing again.
So next time you lay around staring at the sky and wondering how in the world all those air traffic people know what they are supposed to do when, just pick up one of these books! Rose Marie Kern works at Lockheed Martin’s DCA AFSS. If you’d like to ask Rose a question concern-
Photos from the Jingle Bell Non Rally submitted by Ian Bell
CLASSIFIED ADS CAMERON BALLOON SALES: Need consultation, information or quotes on a new balloon. Call Beth WrightSmith at 604-2865 or Troy Bradley at 350-2705. PILOT TRAINING from the most experienced instructor in the Southwest! Call Beth Wright-Smith at Airborne Heat, 505-604-2865 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. FAA approved Part 141 school; flexible schedules. Now awarded the contract to instruct FAA personnel. Also see www.airborneheat.com. FOR SALE: 1986 Aerostar RX-7 $3900 On Friday of Fiesta I snagged one of the envelopes during the
pole grab (in this balloon.) and won a Lindstrand Cloudhopper (their one man.) Although it is a really nice set-up, a one-man has no appeal to me and instead Lisa and Phil at Lindstrand were gracious enough to give me a generous allowance for a new system, so we are selling this one. Thank You Fiesta, Lisa, and Phil!!! For details see -- http://www.aerostatz.com/Graff77.html -- email@example.com.
Excellence AT THE 2009 U.S. NATIONALS, SEVEN OF THE TOP TEN PILOTS WERE FLYING LINDSTRAND BALLOONS. WE’D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALL OF THEM ON A TRULY DOMINATING PERFORMANCE.
Nick Donner Fisherville, KY U.S. National Champion 2009, 2003, 2001 60X
WHILE WE CANNOT AND WOULD NOT TAKE CREDIT FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THESE SEVEN PILOTS, WE CAN TAKE CREDIT FOR BUILDING THEIR AIRCRAFT OF CHOICE.
John Petrehn Leawood, KS 2nd Place 56X
Chase Donner Fisherville, KY 5th Place 60X
THE LINDSTRAND X-SERIES IS AVAILABLE IN THREE SIZES, 56K, 60K AND 69K. PERFECT FOR COMPETITION, THEY’RE ALSO GROWING MORE POPULAR AS A SPORT BALLOON BECAUSE THEY’RE SIMPLY FUN TO FLY.
Brad Craig Carlisle, IA 6th Place 69X
OUTSTANDING PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT HAS LONG BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THE AWARDING OF A GOLD STAR.
Joe Heartsill San Angelo, TX 7th Place 56X
Jeffery Sweet Indian Trail, NC 8th Place 69X
WHEN YOU ARE READY TO EXCEL, CONTACT YOUR LINDSTRAND DEALER OR CALL THE FACTORY, AND WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW A LINDSTRAND BALLOON CAN HELP YOU REACH FOR YOUR STAR!
Todd Isley Carlisle, IA 10th Place 60X
Lindstrand Balloons Performance Proven
Lindstrand Balloons USA • 11440 Dandar Street • Galena, IL 61036 Ph (815) 777-6006 • Fax (815) 777-6004 www.lindstrand.com • Email: LBUSA@aol.com
Private Pilot Ground Schools Registration Form
February 19-21, 2010 – Register by January 30th - $175 Ground schools run Friday evening through Sunday afternoon at Fiesta office.
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