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A Monthly publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association & Education


VOL 111 • ISSUE 9




SILVER schantz insurance agency Red Rock balloon Rally association IMC INSURANCE AGENCY THE NEXT GENERAL MEETING WILL BE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 AT MCM ELEGANTE 6:30 PM


Board of Directors 2010-2011

President Elisa Trillanes Phone: 505.269.2503 Elisa@Trillanes.com

Vice President Elizabelth 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@comcast.net

Flying Events John Hofer Phone: 505.506.6594 jhhballoon@gmail.com

Education Garry Haruska Phone: 505.830.2225 ltaglh@aol.com

Crew Development: Mike Garcia Phone: 505.659.2473 mike1dwn@msn.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: 505.884.3136 dar_reynolds@msn.com


www.hotairballooning.org Cloudbouncer Lori Pitman Phone: 505.890.8868 / 301.305.0141 cloudbouncer_editor@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_editor@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



Monthly Board Meeting: Monday September 20th, 6pm AIBF Office

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8:00pm. His committee is working on some perks for those pilots who participate. If you are interested, please call or e-mail John at: (505) -263-9539 or email Aurora9254@msn.com.


This was received from Frank Bacon on Saturday, August 14, 2010. Someone lost a trailer license plate on the west mesa last weekend (7th or 8th of August). It was turned over to Frank's crew on the morning of the 14th. The license number is 64430-t/r-H. If anyone knows who it belongs to, they can contact Frank at (505)-344-8315.

As summer fades into the balloonist’s dream of cool clear mornings, AAAA is gearing up for one of our busiest times of year. That would be Balloon Fiesta time, just in case you forgot that it is only a month away. Crew Development has just finished their crew seminar and what a turn out!! I don’t think they were expecting to get such a response. Thank you so much to this committee for the time and effort they put into making this such a great event for AAAA and bringing some new people into our balloon family. Thank you also to our Education committee for their work in getting this seminar approved for pilot insurance discounts.

Mary Felosi sent an e-mail on Friday, August 13, 2010. Hi, we're interested in renting our house this Fiesta or Fiesta, 2011. Could you please inform me as to what is the best vehicle for reaching balloonists (international balloonists welcome) who would like to see our home this year for renting. This is our ad:

Speaking of the Education committee, they are hard at work putting together all the details for AAAA's Fiesta safety seminar. This is AAAA's opportunity to provide a great seminar to not only our local members but to all those pilots that don't have the opportunity in their area. If you haven't registered already go www.hotairballooning.org and get your paperwork completed. The seminar is $35 and if you register online before October 1st your registration fee includes lunch.

HOUSE TO RENT TO BALLOONISTS DURING FIESTA: Owner wishes to rent home to balloonists while on vacation. 4 wheel drive vehicle available/ optional. Located off Paseo del Norte (4 miles from Balloon Fiesta Park). west side of Albuquerque. 2 Bdrm. + study, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished. Call (505)-899-0885. or e-mail busimef@yahoo.com. negotiable. Thank you. Mary Filosi

Even better than a free lunch are the free breakfasts that AAAA sponsors and AAAA volunteers serve every morning in the pilot tent. How wonderful that your club wants to make sure you and your crew start off with the most important meal of the day. AAAA is all over Fiesta Park from the administration to the zebras you can't turn anywhere and not see a member of AAAA.

Respectfully submitted, Bud Hebrlee. Director AAAA Community Relations FLYING EVENTS 34 pilots registered for the event. Eight pilots scored. Keith Takach took first place with a throw of 3 ft. Paul Smith took second place with a throw of 4.5 ft and third place went to Steve Coffing with a throw of 27.8 ft.

Our name may not be as intertwined with Balloon Fiesta like it was in the beginning, but the event wouldn't be what it is without the efforts of so many AAAA members. So a big THANK YOU goes out to all who put so much into making this a great time of year to be a AAAA member in Albuquerque

A lot of school supplies were collected along with $50.00 and all were donated to the Rio Rancho schools. Because of the economy, there are more students this year that need help buying school supplies. Thank you all for your generous donations.

COMMITTEE REPORTS COMMUNITY RELATIONS A friendly reminder so you can place it on your calendars. "Wee" John Pata is planning the Third Annual Corrales Trick or Trunk Balloon Glow for October 31st 2010. Times have not been finalized but John estimates around 6:00pm or so till around

Thanks goes out to the following people who helped with this event: John Green our weather guy, Al Lowenstein, David Tennis, Sam Bradshaw, Lori Halstrom, Evelyn Brickner, and Tom Goettsche.


Our next event will be Saturday September 11 at the Balloon Fiesta Park. Pilot registration starts at 6:15am. Pilot Briefing starts at 6:45am.

WELCOME TO CREW CHIEF’S CORNER! (Copyright 2010 by Gordon Schwontkowski) Safe ballooning is simply more fun, and your club has joined every other US ballooning club in the first-ever nationwide ground school to promote that end. The goal is to get crew chiefs and crew to higher and more uniform standards of knowledge and skill nationwide and to reduce flying risk to near zero as fast as possible. More brains, less brawn, safer fun more often!

The next Flying Events Committee meeting will be Thursday September 2 at the Applebee’s located on north San Mateo. It will start at 6:00pm. CREW DEVELOPMENT So August has come and gone and our first safety seminar is now under our belts. Thank you so much to the members of AAAA for making this seminar a success. We know that it was slated as a crew safety seminar, which allowed all attendee’s to have either a refresher or learn that valuable piece of information that they never thought of. We hope everyone that participated walked away with at least learning one new thing; in that we feel we have done our job.

Crew Chief’s Corner is for all balloonists. Pilots will find information on flying and skill instruction their instructors never provided. Crew chiefs will find indepth analysis of their role never discussed before. And crew will find what to expect and what is expected of them as their ballooning experience grows. Regardless of your ballooning rank, you’ll find a wealth of safety techniques and tips found nowhere else in our sport.

We had 104 people register and 102 people attend. We also offered the attendees the chance to join AAAA and become an official member of our club; we received 25 new memberships that day!

These 48 articles take an honest and thorough look at the mechanics, dynamics, realities, and legalities of crewing. They’re not the only or final word on crewing safety – just the first in ongoing discussion and training among you, your pilot, and crew. The key to safety is adapting fundamentals you find here to your equipment, region, flying style, and needs. Crewing is evolving faster than ever before, and the basics have never been as important as they are now!

We welcome your ideas for upcoming mini-seminars and would also like to put on an advanced crew seminar in the spring. So, start thinking about topics that you would like to see covered….such as fire extinguisher use, drop line safety, or weather for crew. Make sure your voice is heard; e-mail us or talk to me at the meeting. A big thank you goes to our sponsors:

A word of caution for readers: this is not the passive follow-behind “chasing” of the 1980s. Those days are over. Trouble develops when safety demands and skills/expectations are mismatched. Today’s flying demands informed, skilled, and proactive crew. You’ll learn to understand and manage weather, emergencies, high-wind ground handling, and landing safety like a pilot (while acting as crew) for one simple reason: you serve as your pilot’s only redundancy. Skilled, knowledgeable, and proactive crew are often the missing ingredient in safety. A full list of article topics appears below:

ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA ORTEGA’S PROPANE FIRESTONE AIRBORNE HEAT BALLOONING And, Thank You for attending!. WAYS AND MEANS Raffle and Auction items are needed for the September meeting. Please email me at LPBalloon@hotmail.com and let me know if you have any items that you are wanting to donate. I'd be happy to pick the items up, but if you want to bring them to the September meeting that will work too. Don't forget we will also have t-shirts, pins and rosters available.

1. Welcome to Crew Chief’s Corner! 2. Safety Versus Command 3. Finding Great Crew 4. Crew Chief Training and Proficiency 5. Healthy Crew Dynamics 6. Common Crew Mistakes and Misperceptions 7. The Golden Rule and 10 Commandments 8. Dressing the Part 9. FAQs – Frequently Answered Questions 10. Emergency Contacts


11. First Aid and Injury Prevention 12. Equipment Care and Handling 13. Rope and Line Safety 14. Legalities and Realities of Crewing 15. Driving Safety and Vehicle Handling 16. Navigation 17. Weather Savvy 18. When Things Go Really Wrong 19. Preventing and Managing Power Line Strikes 20. Crew Briefings 21. Passenger Briefings 22. Radio Communication 23. Layout to Launch 24. Fan Tips 25. Crown Line Command 26. In-Flight Management 27. Being There on Landing 28. There on Landing – Now What? 29. Drop Lines 30. Farm Landings 31. Unloading Passengers 32. Packing Up Fast and Easy 33. Landowner Relations 34. Handling Hostile Landowners 35. Beware of Man’s Best Friend 36. Propane and Refueling Safety 37. Flight Reviews 38. Cold Weather Crewing 39. Crewing with Children 40. Professionalism 41. Tethers 42. Festival Crewing 43. Plan B’s 44. Commercial Crewing 45. Competition Crewing 46. Special Shape Crewing 47. Media Management 48. Making It All Happen

What’s in it for you? Pilots and crew who’ve taken tips from my articles, book, and seminars use them on their very next flight. Reported benefits include less equipment damage and repair cost, smoother inflations in any weather, fewer emergencies, easier navigation, safer landings, and faster pack-ups. Performance, communication, morale and loyalty all drastically improve. More safety, skill, fun, and profit with less risk, time, effort, and hassle – what more could any balloonist ask for?

What you’ll read is field-tested and proven. I’ve served as crew chief on 2000+ flights since 1982, closely studied 100,000+ more, and worked with 10,000+ crew nationwide. My book “Hot Air Balloon Crewing Essentials” and “Crew Zone” column in Ballooning Magazine address crewing topics in even greater detail. Hundreds of pilots and crew nationwide have agreed this is the most valuable hands-on material of any sort they gain from safety seminars. I’m not the nation’s most experienced crew chief by any stretch, just the one most willing to lead the charge for ballooning safety. That said, you won’t ever see the word “I” in these articles; they’re more about your future safety than my ballooning past. Hopefully, this series will start discussions and create a forum to pull out even better crewing ideas and techniques.


How each club runs these articles – sequentially in newsletters or as a web archive – will vary. Exactly how and how fast your pilot, crew chief, and crew use them is up to you – just apply what you learn. However you access them, thank your club officers for joining this unprecedented safety program which can help unify and grow our sport. My best wishes to you for flights filled with safe fun, adventure, friends, and lifelong memories! Safe Flights and Soft Landings, Gordon Schwontkowski Disclaimer: The information presented in these articles is for educational purposes, may not reflect the opinion of the newsletter publisher, and should be placed in context with personal experience and other authoritative sources. The author and publisher specifically disclaim any responsibility for any liability, loss, damage, or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred or alleged to have occurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents in this series. Watch for Safety versus Command in your October Cloudbouncer

April 17, 2010 Dear Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association,Thank you so much for the generous school supply donations. In today's economy we have many families that can not afford to buy the necessary school supplies for their children. The relief they express when we let them know that organizations such as yours are so generous is heart warming. The children are so proud to have the brand new supplies to bring to school. We look forward to Balloons Aloft in October and to the glorious Balloon Fiesta each fall here in Albuquerque. Thanks again for your donations. Sincerely, Cathy Gaarden Principal - Maggie Cordova Elementary


Top Gun at CNM Rio Rancho Grand Opening

AAAA :0) There are no words to express our gratitude for the many school supplies you all donated! This will help many children in need. Watching the balloons was fun too! Rio Rancho Elementary Betty Scheppmann

Submitted by Shelly Cannaday

Dear Elisa and "Quad-A" Thank you so much for organizing the fabulous balloon event this past Saturday! We loved all the supplies and enjoyed visiting with the pilots and crews. Thank you! Cathy Baehr and Alicia Banes 8/17/10 The dates for the Miracle on Main Street Balloon Rally in Belen has been confirmed for Sat. Nov. 27 and Sun. Nov. 28. Invitations will be sent out soon.

TOP GUN Our September flying event will be Sunday, September 19, 2010. We will be meeting at the parking lot across the street from AIBF offices at 6am. Congratulations to our June event winner..Steve Adams. Thank you to Clark O'Byrne and Top Gun pilots Blair Kaufman and Steve Adams for flying at the grand opening of the Rio Rancho CNM campus on Saturday, August 28, 2010. And, a big THANK YOU to Rudy Garcia, Dean of Students for CNM, as a supportive sponsor of Top Gun.




INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FESTIVAL CHIHUAHUA We are all set to repeat this popular event on the 5th, 6th , and 7th November 2010 keeping much of the flavor of past years and adding a few extras as well as anticipating and dealing with border problems that caused frustration on all sides last time. Most of the same faces will be there, I am the new arrival taking over from Scott Appleman.

INVITATIONS This year we hope for the participation of more balloons from Mexico and a total of 25 to 30 balloons in all. As always Chihuahua looks forward to welcoming balloonists from Albuquerque in particular those who have supported and helped create what is now one of the most anticipated balloon festivals in Mexico. We would also like to bring in a couple of shapes to light up the sky! Budgets are limited this year partly due to the change of local government and some additional costs including bringing in the Mexican balloons – nothing changes in terms of benefits of hotel (one double room), breakfast and dinner, gas, 900 USD per balloon on arrival, local helpers and a welcome package. In fact the launch site and hotel will be the same. These benefits will be secure for the first 15 balloons that register and confirm. We are hoping for at least 10 balloons from Mexico. There will be a reserve list after the 15 and of course anyone who comes paying their own way would be welcome but would still be required to register in the necessary time frame. Shortly we shall send out registration forms which will be fairly comprehensive requiring travel plans, vehicle and tráiler details, as well as the usual balloon and pilot stuff as usual it is contemplated that teams will arrive by road. We would also like a short biography of each participant for the press and photos of balloon and pilot. All this will be a bit further down the road, for now please just send me your interest, an indication of experience and what balloon (make, model, size, year) you are likely to bring, we would prefer the balloons to be banner friendly with velcro and corner tie off points Other information that might be useful as you make plans is that there is likely to be a balloon event the following weekend in Mexico City and of course the Leon Guanajuato Festival will be on the weekend 20 to 23 of November promising 200 balloons (!). In fact we will need to know if you plan to continue, stay on or simply come for the Chihuahua festival and return straight away. In order to participate in the Chihuahua Festival participants will need to arrive on the Thursday or at the latest Friday and be available for the main event on the Saturday and Sunday (which will feature morning flights and a glow with half the balloons on Saturday and the other half on Sunday). On the Friday there will be a press flight and afterwards a number of social events. Departure to the border will be on Monday morning. Please note the customs are not open in Santa Teresa on Sunday afternoons. In this year of triple celebration in Mexico - the Revolution (100 years), Independence (200 years) and also Aviation (100 years) we shall be looking for some Independent, Revolutionary flying! For two important historical figures Chihuahua played a defining role. Pancho Villa, the Centaur of the North as he was know during the revolution leading his ‘Division del Norte’ adopted the state and was assassinated there in 1923 at the age of 45. Born José Doroteo Arango Arámbula, he is a well known and heroic Mexican figure and Chihuahua City boasts the important Pancho Villa Museum in one of Villa’s wives old house (he reportedly married 75 times). The equally heroic Curate Miguel Hidalgo from Guanajuato and the father of the Independence movement , would have other memories of Chihuahua as it was here he was executed by firing squad and consequently beheaded in July 1811 at the age of 58 after his excommunication from the church. Born: Miguel Gregorio Antonio Ignacio Hidalgo y Costilla Gallaga Mondarte Villaseñor there is no doubting his place in Mexico’s history books.


Currently Chihuahua is home to factories producing parts for the most advanced planes in the world and hoping to develop its aerospace business, but more anecdotally Pancho Villa is said to have gone up in a balloon and the American Airforce once set out to look for him in air raids over Chihuahua. So expect some surprises or themes during this Bi-national, Tri-centenary event. Cheers Sean Byrne Balloon and Pilot Coordinator Chihuahua International Balloon Festival sean@flyingpictures.com.mx +52 5553625595 Cel +52 1555 435 5531

If you are interested in the Chihuahua rally, you must contact Sean immediately by email to ensure you get an invitation. He is also working on the issues of crossing the border without the problems of last year..

Sept. Meeting Program: Prepare for Fiesta! Once again Balloon Fiesta is helping speed up registration for AAAA members and will show the pilot briefing video to us at our September meeting. One showing only: 6:05pm at the MCM Elegante in the big ballroom we usually use. Pilots don’t forget to bring your ID. The AAAA general meeting will follow at our regular time; approximately 6:30pm in the same meeting room.

Oct. Meeting Program: Fiesta Pilot Tent What does gray water have to do with the tent? How many donuts were eaten? How does everything this year compare with the early days of the Pilot Tent? October’s program features Carol Bair, who has been organizing the tent for many, many years. You’ll be amazed at what goes in to organizing everything so we all have a place to go in the morning before we fly at Balloon Fiesta.


August Flying Event Winners

Place Pilot's Name 1 Keith Takach 2 Paul Smith 3 Steve Coffing 4 Tom Schroeder 5 Bradley Rice 6 Paul English 7 Jerry Garcia 8 Gerry Graff Hare Randy Myklebust Show Up Point = 412

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St. Jean-sur-Richelieu Rally in Quebec Canada Submitted by Barbara Fricke


Crew Seminar Photos Submitted by Mike Garcia


AAAA Educational Foundation Fiesta Balloon Safety Seminar

A ny Day, Any Flight, Anywhere



Happen to You !

October 5, 2010 1 pm to 5 pm registration starts at 12:15

Santa Ana Star Casino – Bosque Ballroom Casino is on U.S.550 west of Bernalillo, NM Presenters and Topics: Garry Haruska. – A Special Shape Balloon Accident Mark West – A Commercial Balloon Accident Elisa Trillanes – Crew Issues When Things Happen J.D. Huss - Questions and Answers with FAA (Representatives from Schantz Agency will be available at registration and during breaks.)


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Credit Card Type: _________________________ Card Number_____________________________ 3 digit code from card__________ Expiration Date: _______________ Address & Zip code for Credit Card_______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ Make checks to AAAA Education Foundation. Register by mail (AAAA, 1209 Florida St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110) or on AAAA’s web site www.hotairballooning.org until September 28, 2010. After September 28, 2010, register in Fiesta’s Pilot Tent on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, or at the seminar. *Register by Oct. 1, 2010 to receive a box lunch at the seminar.


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2010 September Cloudbouncer  

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

2010 September Cloudbouncer  

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