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T HE NEXT GENERAL M EETING WILL BE T UESDAY 27 TH SEPT EM BER 2011 AT BALLOON FIESTA PARK 6:30 PM
Bo[r^ of Dir_]tors PRESIDENT Elisa Trillanes Ph: 505 269 2503 President@Hotairballooning.org
VICE PRESIDENT Peter Cuneo Ph: 505 265 2865 PeterCuneo@msn.com
SECRETARY Diana Rutz Ph: 505 490 2412 Secretary@Hotairballooning.org
TREASURER Dick Rice Ph: 505 239 0200 email@example.com
FLYING EVENTS John Hofer Ph: 505 506 6594 firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY RELATIONS Jennifer Greenwood Ph: 505 362 3167 email@example.com
EDUCATION Garry Haruska Ph: 505 830 2225 firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL EVENTS Colleen Johnson Ph: 505 417 5605 Johnson_ec@aps.edu
CREW DEVELOPMENT Mike Garcia Ph: 505 659 2473 email@example.com
WAYS & MEANS Mike Gonzales Ph: 505 563 0029 Steampwr6@live.com
Primary photographs By: Pat Chando
Website www.hotairballooning.org Cloudbouncer Editor ~ Pat Chando Editor@hotairballooning.org
Please submit your photographs for possible addition to the Coudbouncer at Editor@hotairballooning.org Remember to say when and where it was taken. Thanks, Pat
The Cloudbouncer is a monthly publication of the AAAA Education Foundation. PO Box 90160, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87199-0160 Subscription rate: $17 annually; Electronic Copy FREE to AAAA Members in good standing. The AAAA Education Foundation 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: Editor@hotairballooning.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 published in a future issue, if they are still relevant.
August 16, 2011 M eeting was called to order by President Elisa Trillanes at 6:00pm
Members in Attendance - Elisa Trillanes, Peter Cuneo, Diana Rutz, Dick Rice Jennifer Greenwood, Garry Haruska, Colleen Johnson, M ike Garcia, John Hofer Abse nt: , M ike Gonzales Guests: Pat Chando – Cloudbouncer Editor , Alan Cannaday Secretary report – We received 4 new memberships
Special thanks go out to all the pilots who donated the school supplies as well as $147.00. All was given to Rio Rancho schools. Thanks also go out to the following people who helped with this event: M ike Johnson, Augusts’ Balloon M eister, weatherman Sam Bradshaw, Tom Fisher, Evelyn Brickner, Dan Koeler, Lisa M ulder, and Al Lowenstein. Our next event will be Sunday September 11 at the Balloon Fiesta field. Pilot registration starts at 06:15. Pilot Briefing starts at 06:45. Flying Events Committee meeting will be canceled due to Labor Day Holiday. Community Relations – Request for Volunteers September 2011 9/2 – S.A.F.E. (Student Achieving For Excellence), Would like a balloon presentation in the morning. Location would be Rio Rancho Elementary or M aggie Cordova Elementary. I requested more information about the type of presentation and time frame
Ken Youst-Commercial Pilot , Kathry Youst, Charity Blanchard- Private Pilot Bob (Robert) Gurley All M emberships were voted on and approved
9/24 – Autism Society is looking for a balloon to do tethered rides for 25 kids. The location is UNM Johnson Field at 8:00am.
Treasurer’s report –As of August 5, 2011 the AAAA Education Foundation has a balance of $43241.06. As of August 5, 2011 the AAAA General Fund has a balance of $16354.01
9/24 – Project PeascePal is having an annual event at the Balloon M useum and is requesting a balloon for a balloon glow. The location is the Balloon M useum from 8:00pm to 9:00pm.
Vice President’s report –August speaker will be the safety manager from PNM giving a presentation on power line safety. The remaining Kittenger books will be returned to UNM Press for a refund. Peter asked the board if we should retain a few of the Kittenger books for club use. Peter also informed the board he would be absent from the September Board meeting. Flying Events – Thirty three pilots registered for the event. AAAA target Third place went to Barbara Fricke, 58ft 6in. Second place went to Kirk Hooper, 11 ft. First place went to Neal Jackson, 4 ft 7 in. Two pilots scored on the second target but only Neal Jackson scored on both the AAAA and the R2C2 targets. His combined distance was 9 ft 2.
9/26 – Habitat for Humanity is having their 1st annual Golf Tournament and would like to have a balloon to participate in their “Ball drop from a balloon”. Individuals will purchase a golf ball that is numbered and then placed in a bucket. They will have the balloon fly over a hole and drop all of the golf balls. The ball that gets closes to the pin wins. *No specified date in September – T’siya Day School on the Zia Pueblo would like to have a balloon come to the school and do a static display for the children. October 2011 *No specified date in October – Preschool off of 4th street and Candelaria would like a balloon to do tethered rides for the children and parents. M orning set up.
*During Balloon Fiesta – A request was sent in for a ride during Balloon Fiesta for a 37 year old developmentally delayed man who is deaf in one ear, legally blind and has a heart of Gold. Josh and his family cannot afford to purchase a balloon ride and is looking for a volunteer to take him up one of the days during Balloon Fiesta *10/15/11 Balloon tether Contact Tami Bradley November 2011 11/5 – Walk to Cure Diabetes. Wants balloons for tethered rides. Balloon Fiesta Park 11/6 – Veterinary Cancer Society is having an event at the Balloon M useum and would like 2 or more balloons for tethered rides. Location Balloon M useum at 6:30pm. 11/19/11 Balloon Glow City of Rio Rancho 30th birthday celebration Crew Development – On September 11 we will be having a field mini-seminar on Flag Etiquette following the morning flights. We are working on the logistics to have a CPR Class as well as planning crew safety seminar in M arch. Education – Registration for the Fiesta Safety Seminar is on the AAAA Website and registration is under way. Gary inquired whether Dick had access to the pay pal account to receive payment information in the pay pal account. Dick does have access to the account. Pilot refresher course is November Ways and Means – M ike Gonzales absent S pecial Events – There will be a committee meeting at Colleen’s house for the Friends and Lovers Rally. The meeting will be at Colleens house on September 1, 2011 time will be given at the general meeting. Colleen is looking for more volunteers for this committee. Old Business – The addendum for the roster is almost complete; Diana has verified all paper membership applications for 2011 in the database. An updated extract file was sent to Sam Bradshaw he has already sent Diana the most recent roster listing. In the next week Diana will verify the new
roster listing to ensure all current and new members data has been down loaded properly from the database. New Business – Pat Chando has request permission to purchase editing software for the Cloudbouncer. He has found a downloadable program that is $70.00 for one computer only. Currently Pat is using several program as well as his personal computers to compile all the data for the Cloudbouncer. As this program is for only one PC Pat has also requested permission to research prices and programming for a laptop to purchase for the club for the sole purpose for creating the Cloudbouncer. Gary motioned the board for approval of Pat’s request to research a laptop. With the provision that once Pat has completed his research and found a laptop that has all the programming needed to create the Cloudbouncer. He will email all the information to the Board and we can proceed with a vote on purchasing the laptop via email. Dick seconded this motion the board approved. Alan Cannaday requested after discussion with other members that birthdays are added back into the monthly Cloudbouncer; Diana will email Sam to inquire if this information can be downloaded from the database. Elisa will be sending out an email blast with the criteria for nomination for the 2011 Sid Cutter award. The dead line for nominations for the Sid Cutter Award is August 31, 2011. Septembers Board meeting will not be the fiesta office. We will have our September board meeting at the Cooperage at 6:00 pm.
AAAA General Meeting Minutes August 23, 2011 M eeting was called to order by President Elisa Trillanes at 6:30pm
Guest Speaker: PNM Power Line Safety. Emergency Call Number 888-342-5766 Did you know more people are killed annually by 120 volts? It is not the voltage that will kill a person it’s the amperage 1/10 of an amp will stop the heart. Power lines provide the vital link between power plants that produce electricity and the homes and businesses that rely on electricity every day of the year. PNM owns and maintains about 17,400 miles of power lines within New M exico.
Transmission lines (above) account for about 16 percent of that total. High-voltage lines, usually carrying electricity at either 115 or 345 kilovolts, bring electricity from power plants to substations in cities and towns. The transmission network is a highly complex and integrated network that works well because it has been carefully designed and constructed according to strict operating standards. PNM 's transmission network is connected to the larger grid serving the entire western United States so that power can be moved quickly in case of an emergency. Distribution lines are smaller lines, carrying electricity from substations into and throughout neighborhoods everywhere. M any of these distribution lines run behind homes and businesses. In newer neighborhoods, distribution lines often are buried rather than installed on overhead poles. Substations play a critical role in the delivery of electricity. Substations in and near neighborhoods, along with transformers along a line, decrease the voltage for delivery to homes and businesses, typically at either 120 or 240 volts. M ost household appliances run off of 120-volt power, while larger appliances, such as electric dryers and stoves, require 240-volt power
Guests: Kenny Ferguson and Ashley Ferguson, Phillippe Buron-Pilatre New Pilots/Ratings: None Secretary report –No report
Treasurer’s report –As of August 5, 2011 the account for the AAAA Education Foundation has a balance of $43241.06. and the account for the AAAA General Fund has a balance of $16354.01
Vice President’s report – September’s meeting will be at Gardunos on the Green. Viewing fiesta video .Registration for Fiesta will begin after the video at either Gardunos or at the landing. Bring all your necessary documents for the FAA
October 2011 th
*No specified date in October – Preschool off of 4 street and Candelaria would like a balloon to do tethered rides for the children and parents. M orning set up. *During Balloon Fiesta – A request was sent in for a ride during Balloon Fiesta for a 37 year old developmentally delayed man who is deaf in one ear, legally blind and has a heart of Gold. Josh and his family cannot afford to purchase a balloon ride and is looking for a volunteer to take him up one of the days during Balloon Fiesta *10/15/11 Balloon tether Contact Tami Bradley November 2011 11/5 – Walk to Cure Diabetes. Would like balloons for tethered rides. Location : Balloon Fiesta Park Community Relations – Requests for Volunteers September 2011 9/2 – S.A.F.E. (Student Achieving For Excellence), Would like a balloon presentation in the morning. Location would be Rio Rancho Elementary or M aggie Cordova Elementary. I requested more information about the type of presentation and time frame 9/24 – Autism Society is looking for a balloon to do tethered rides for 25 kids. The location is UNM Johnson Field at 8:00am. 9/24 – Project PeacePal is having an annual event at the Balloon M useum and is requesting a balloon for a balloon glow. The location is the Balloon M useum from 8:00pm to 9:00pm. 9/26 – Habitat for Humanity is having their 1st annual Golf Tournament and would like to have a balloon to participate in their “Ball drop from a balloon”. Individuals will purchase a golf ball that is numbered and then placed in a bucket. They will have the balloon fly over a hole and drop all of the golf balls. The ball that gets closes to the pin wins. *No specified date in September – T’siya Day School on the Zia Pueblo would like to have a balloon come to the school and do a static display for the children.
11/6 – Veterinary Cancer Society is having an event at the Balloon M useum and would like 2 or more balloons for tethered rides. Location Balloon M useum fat 6:30pm. .
11/19/11 Balloon Glow City of Rio Rancho 30th birthday celebration
Please be aware of a new PZ east of the Coors and La Oreille Launch site. The homeowner has horses and request that pilots fly high over her property or not at all. She has been known to call the FAA as well as the Land owner’s hotline when pilots fly to close.
Flying Events –John was absent from General M eeting. Flying event standings are in the Board meeting minutes. (From Board M eeting minutes : Thirty three pilots registered for the event. AAAA target…
First place went to Neal Jackson, 4 ft 7in Third place went to Barbara Fricke, 58ft 6in.
Second place went to Kirk Hooper, 11 ft.
Two pilots scored on the second target but only Neal Jackson scored on both the AAAA and the R2C2 targets. His combined distance was 9 ft 2. Special thanks go out to all the pilots who donated the school supplies as well as $147.00. All was given to Rio Rancho schools.
Thanks also go out to the following people who helped with this event: M ike Johnson, Augusts’ Balloon M eister, Weatherman Sam Bradshaw, Tom Fisher, Evelyn Brickner, Dan Koeler, Lisa M ulder, and Al Lowenstein.
working on a CPR certified class for anyone interested. Space will be limited and costs and location will be determined soon! Keep your eyes and ears open! Any new things you would like to see email us. December’s mini – seminar is on drop lines
Instructor Refresher: Our next event will be Sunday September 11 at the Balloon Fiesta field. Pilot registration starts at 06:15. Pilot Briefing starts at 06:45. Flying Events Committee meeting will be canceled due to Labor Day Holiday.)
November 12, 2011
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm Where: AIBF Office on Alameda NE
Please note that the flying committee now meets the M onday before the weekend of the flying event. We will be meeting at the Applebee’s located 2600 M enaul Blvd. NE the meetings start at 6:30pm
Ray Bair is organizing this seminar. This will be a practical approach to instructing. It will include guidance for flight and ground training. Help will be provided for getting the endorsements right and complete. Time will be available for specific questions and problem solving. Registration deadline is October 28, 2011, or when the maximum of 24 register. Fiesta Safety Seminar:
Crew Development- September 11 we will be having a field mini-seminar on Flag Etiquette following the morning flights.
Date: Tuesday - October 4, 2011
Time: 1 pm to 5 pm
Registration: Starts at 12:15
Where: Santa Ana Star Casino – Bosque Ballroom Casino is on U.S.550 west of Bernalillo, NM
September’s mini – seminar is going to be about flag care while ballooning. We are currently
After September 27, 2011, register in Fiesta’s Pilot Tent on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29 & 30, or at the seminar.
*Register by Sept 30, 2011 to receive a box lunch at the seminar. M embership Sale: If you would like to save $10 on your seminar registration, AAAA is offering a reduced membership fee for the remainder of the year. In addition to a reduced membership fee AAAA will also waive the initiation fee. For the small fee of $15.00 for an individual or $17.50 for a family you will save $10 off your seminar registration, not only for the Fiesta Safety Seminar but also the upcoming Instructor Refresher Seminar coming up in November!
Join before Fiesta! Your membership card(s) will give you access to the pilot tent at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. For the rest of 2011 you will receive AAAA’s monthly newsletter (The Cloudbouncer), and you will be a member(s) of The Albuquerque Aerostatic Ascension Association. For information on joining
Our August flying event was a success, even with the unpredictable weather that we had. Six pilots made it in the air with the challenge of 3 tasks called by our Event Director, M ike Garcia.
AAAA please see our Membership Page.
Ways and Means – The roster is ready and being distributed in the back of the meeting space. We are still in need of more volunteers for the committee please contact M ike for more information.
There will be a committee meeting at Colleen’s house for the Friends and Lovers Rally. The meeting will be at Colleen’s house on September 1, 2011 between 5:00pm and 6:00pm
1st place : S teve Adams
2 place : Neil Jackson 3rd place : Blair Kaufman 4th place : Brooke Owen th 5 place : M ike Johnson th 6 place : Kirk Hooper Top Gun welcomes our new member Kirk Hooper! Our September flying event will be Sept. 18th. Top Gun will meet at the Flying Star on Corralles Road and Alameda Blvd. Pilot Brief will be promptly at 6:30am. This Top Gun fun event is the same weekend as the White Sands Rally.
September Top Gun Board meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 7th. M eeting at El Vincino’s at 6:00pm.
Fiesta - Don Edwards reported that this will be Pam’s last year at Fiesta and pleased to announce that Elisa Trillanes has accepted the position.
See you all next M onth!!!! Shelly Cannaday Top Gun Secretary ~*~
Fiesta Welcome Committee: Nancy Abruzzo the Committee chair is looking for Volunteers please contact Nancy for more information if you are interested in joining this new exciting committee. You can contact Nancy via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BFA – Troy Bradley: announced the winners of this year’s BFA elections:
ADDED BLAST on the above subject. M ark Trillanes – HACD Southwest Region, Peter Cuneo – Gas Division Board , Troy Bradley – Gas Division Board , Drew Egerton – At-Large Director, M ick M urphy – Northeastern Director Cory M iller – Western Director, M aury Sullivan – HACD At-Large Gary Britton – HACD Great Lakes Region, M ark Trillanes – HACD Southwest Region Peter Cuneo – Gas Division Board, Troy Bradley – Gas Division Board
Balloon Fiesta 2001 is seeking volunteers to act as a Liaison/Ambassador for fiesta pilots. Each volunteer will be assigned a group of pilots and will be the main contact person for them. The main focus is to provide a person level on attention. Your primary method of communication will be email, text or phone, you set the limits as to how much you want to provide your group. You will be provided all the necessary information to make your time efficient. If interested please contact Balloon Fiesta and reference the "Welcoming Committee"
BFA is revamping the website if you have any content you would like to contribute to the website please contact Troy. .
Also Nancy was contacted requesting volunteers for a tether display for the United Way Foundation if you are interested please contact: Nikki Peone via email: email@example.com
AIBF Seeking Portuguese- and German-Speaking Crew M embers If you speak Portuguese or German and would be willing to support one of these balloon crews, you could have a great impact on an international pilotâ€™s experience at Balloon Fiesta. Pilots will be interested in help with information and instructions shared at pilot briefings, competition rules and interactions with spectators and officials. To be paired with an appropriate balloon team, please contact M elissa Winters at 821-1000. AAAA Members As of September 5, 2011 Balloon Fiesta Park gates will be locked. Please be advised that if you have a card for the north gate it will not work again until after Balloon Fiesta. Balloons will still be allowed to use the field for launches, but you will need to enter via the south gate (by the museum) which will be unlocked daily by 6am. Elisa N. Trillanes
Ham Radio Classes The high desert amateur radio club gives classes and exams for ham radio. They will be having a class late June or July and would like to see if any members of AAAA would be interested in taking this class. The charge would be $25 dollars which includes the $15 dollars for the FCC test. If you are interested please call Fred Lete at 261-7464 or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken Polk- This year is the 10th annual Leon Rally is November 18-24 and is still in need of fifteen pilotâ€™s information is available if you are interested in participating.
WELCOME TO CREW CHIEF’S CORNER! (Copyright 2010 by Gordon S chwonthkowski) CREW CHIEF TRAINING AND PRO FICIENCY Crew chiefs contribute to flight safety by turning a pilot’s “ what” decisions into “ how” and “ how well” with the help of other crew. Their half-co-pilot/half-crew nature balances every flight’s ground and aerial needs as they truly manage many flight-related events and risks. Crew chiefs are expected to manage all ground-related activities, represent their pilots on the ground, and even step in to prevent or handle emergencies. This role’s safety redundancy has no counterpart elsewhere in aviation and is invaluable, provided it can be reliably trained, expected, and delivered. Until now, ballooning has done little to maximize the safety contributions of crew chiefs and crew. Pilots have a wealth of resources for training: experienced instructors, operation/regulation manuals, written checklists, online courses, flight simulators, test preparation, and much more to meet clearly defined and even measurable skill minimums. Training flights allow student pilots to develop and hone their skills as well. What’s expected from of pilots is highly structured, standardized, formalized, and crystal clear. Crew chiefs, on the other hand, have no such structure or recognition in mastering the parallel yet distinct skills needed for flight safety. There’s little discussion and no agreement within ballooning as to what and how a crew chief should perform. There are no recognized standards, skill inventories, or minimum proficiencies to act as a crew chief. There’s virtually no crewing literature or resources, and pilots receive virtually no guidance in training crew beyond basic inflation duties. Nearly all pilots agree a crew chief is essential for safety, yet this vaguely defined role leaves everyone begging for clearer instructions and expectations. What to expect and what is expected is often highly uncertain. Certifying or regulating crew chiefs probably isn’t the answer, but standardization of their role may be. Voluntary crew chief training by every pilot may get us all further ahead – and faster too. On-the-job training isn’t the standard for 747 co-pilots or flight attendants, and crew chiefs can’t be expected to learn as they go. A training approach much like what pilots enjoy – skill proficiencies, time/flights devoted to training, etc. –
would skyrocket crew skill levels and ballooning safety nationwide. A few hours here and there, a full day, or a hands-on weekend pays back in flying that’s safer, easier, and more fun for all. Defining what knowledge and skills will prevent or minimize the most common incidents and tragic accidents in ballooning provides a crew chief proficiency standard for maximum safety. This is not meant to replace others provided by local clubs or national groups. Rather it takes a cue from the FAA in that a certified pilot has met basic skill minimums from day one – now, on this flight when safety and results are needed, and not some ill-defined “ sometime” down the road. Proactive and prevention-minded crew can interrupt an accident chain long before a pilot must provided they’re trained. A crew chief must be skilled in many areas to reliably deliver flight safety from the ground. Below is a starter list of skills every crew chief – and crew member - can master in a single flying season. Review this list with your pilot and other crew (crew often get “promoted” to crew chief with little or no notice) and decide how best structure and schedule your training and how to measure/test skill. Next, tailor it to fit your needs; crew chiefs for a “racer” pilot with a 4WD pick-up and a ride operator with a partitioned basket and 18’ double-axle trailer will do the same thing very differently. While it’s not one-size-fits-all, it contains the universal skills a crew chief will need on a flight of any nature:
1. Vehicle: familiar with, 4WD lock in/out, drive using mirrors only, change flat tire 2. Traile r backing: hook/unhook/inspect trailer hitch, straight, left/right turns, jack-knife angle 3. Lift-gate ope ration: identify pinch/hazard points, up/down, latch, secure basket 4. Eme rgency contacts: complete local list, lost balloon plans, know where it’s kept, practice calls 5. First aid: CPR, stop bleeding, treat burns, handle sprains, locate/use first aid kit 6. Passenge r management: give briefing, demonstrate landing position, gather waivers 7. Cre w brie fings: cross-train crew, give briefings, identify goals/hazards of each role 8. Rope /line safety: tie/untie knots, fan avoidance, staying on ground, equipment care 9. Fire management: locate/use fire extinguisher, shut down tanks, vehicle/field fires
10. Fuel management: identify/manage leaks, shut down fuel system, enforce no smoking, estimate flight length for payload/temperature/fuel on any flight 11. Powe r line strikes: prevention strategies, manage all aspects of various line strikes (touching, draped over, hanging or severed basket), do’s and don’ts 12. Weathe r information: call Flight Service or automated/local sources, access online resources, interpret reports/briefings/forecasts 13. Weathe r observation: release/read pibals, determine wind speed from visual cues, identify first signs of rain, know how/when to pull red line on inflation 14. Flight plan: know duration, flight profile (high/low), and red zones along flight path 15. Flight path: plot or project likely flight paths onto flying area maps and/or software 16. Navigation: determine likely driving routes, road choices, flight hazards, and landing sites 17. Radio protocol: turn on, proper channel, power sources, transmitting, what not to say, appropriate message “ codes” which won’t alarm passengers 18. Launch site selection: determine adequate size, downwind hazards, likely layout direction 19. Equipment set-up: assist pilot/crew in complete basket/envelope unloading and set-up 20. Fan safety: start, stop, shut off fuel, brief handler, load by self, secure for travel 21. Tie -off safe ty: identify suitable anchors, secure both ends, create no-walk zone, proper/safe release 22. Throat handling on inflation: know where to stand/hold, possible pilot commands 23. Crown line command: calm/moderate/gusty condition techniques, secure when walked in, handle to deflate in tight spots with hazards 24. Inflation: assign crew, manage spectators, tab parachute, know what “normal” looks like 25. Weight-on: how/when on cold/hot inflations and landings, do’s and don’ts 26. Pre -launch check list: spare strikers/radios/maps onboard, pilot and crew checklists complete, all lines secured, no overhead traffic, spectators away from tie-off, crew weight-off 27. Landing site s: identify suitability by size, approach path, power lines/fences/livestock, access 28. Livestock management: identify type, spot when hidden, know risks, radio pilot, dog safety
29. Landing assistance : radio information to pilot, handle crop/airport/road landing, add weight (how/when to or not), manage vehicle and spectator traffic 30. Drop line handling: when to use, when to hold or release, how to hold, “ walking” the balloon 31. Landowner relations: find the landowner, ask permission, handle hostility 32. Quick pack-up: proper and efficient basket/envelope packing, storage, and transport 33. Te the ring: set up lines, passenger/crowd management, weather updates, stable ground handling 34. Me dia management: interview do’s and don’ts, damage control when real or perceived 35. Refueling safe ty: precautions, do’s and don’ts, fuel fire management, fight/retreat choice
This list isn’t complete but will prevent or minimize the most common mishaps: burned throat fabric, wild inflations, lost balloons, landing incidents, passenger/crew injuries, power line strikes, and many others. Becoming a more informed, decisive, skilled, and proactive crew chief creates the redundancy needed to make flying and crewing safer, easier, and more fun than ever before. Use this list as a supplement and not a replacement for other materials local clubs or other organizations may have provided. While some have suggested using this as a national standard, the intended goal is voluntary compliance. If we don’t enforce some sort of safety protocol on our own, we’ll see regulation or action from government, insurance, or events which will be beyond our control and much less to our liking. T rain and police ourselves or be regulated – those are our choices. Commit to your crew chief and crew learning ALL of these skills – do NOT stop part way. Resist the urge to sub-categorize experience levels – there’s no reason to accept or stop at anything short of complete safety. Stopping short saps motivation and momentum. Master these as quickly as possible. Not only will training be more effective, you never know if that mishap or accident will occur on your next flight or at the end of the season. A trained crew chief can also provide skill continuity at festivals or other times regular crew can’t make it out. An ideal arrangement is several crew members mastering these skills; everyone feels safer and more relaxed when they know anyone can handle anything.
How and how fast you learn these depends entirely on you, your experience level, and other factors. One- onone, a weekend crash-course with several pilots and crews, cold inflating when passengers are cancelled, or discussions throughout the season – the goal remains mastering these aspects of flying and crewing safety. And don’t think you’re exempt because you only fly or crew occasionally. Crewing for a recreational pilot may make these skills even more crucial for flight safety; fewer chances to develop habits and refine skills may make their flawless delivery more critical yet. Don’t stop here if you need more information on flying and crewing safety. Refer to any of the articles in this series for starting points on specific skills for crew chiefs and crew. T he book “ Hot Air Balloon Crewing Essentials” holds far more information yet on all aspects of crewing. Join your pilot and attend an off-season safety seminar for a real eye-opener on current issues pilots must deal with on every flight. Many seminar committees have recognized crew’s unique role in safety and added presentations on crewing to their core topics. And to reach the highest level of skill proficiency, volunteer to speak on crewing at a safety seminar. Nothing will clarify, scrutinize, and solidify skills and information like standing in front of 100 pilots to teach. Many crew chiefs go on to complete pilot training, and this introduction speeds the process and gives you access to and the support of an extensive flying network. Every crew chief can always know more and do things better and faster. Some pilots may resist the idea of devoting time exclusively to crew training, but there is no better investment. A crew chief can often spot – and break – the first link in an accident chain before a pilot can. Trained crew offer benefits far beyond convenience: more safety and fun with less risk, time, expense, and effort. Best of all, they offer unmatched safety and redundancy that nothing else can offer. Decide today how you’ll start your crew training – there’s no reason every crew chief nationwide can’t raise their skill levels this high by the end of this flying season!
Based on the book “Hot Air Balloon Crewing Essentials” available through the author (see the end of the “Welcome” article for more information).
SAVE THE DATE FRIENDS AND LOVERS RALLY February 10-12, 2012 Applications Available on the web site www.hotairballooning.org November 1, 2011, also in the November Cloudbouncer. Next Committee Meeting will be October 20, 2011 at 6pm. Meeting at Mike and Colleen Johnson's home 4923 Globus Ct NW Albuquerque, NM
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Education Committee Meeting [Canx due to Fiesta] 13th – Crew Development Committee Meeting, 6pm Flying Event – [Canx due to Fiesta] 16th – Top Gun Flying Event, 6:45am 17th – Board Meeting @ Balloon Fiesta Office, 6pm 25th – Ways & Means Committee Meeting, 5:30pm 25th – General Meeting @ MCM Elegante, 4:00pm
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“Making Your Dreams Come True” ● Buyers Representation ● Listing Services ● Investment Properties Lorie Guthrie, Realtor (505) 400-1857 LadybugRealty@comcast.net Visit m y Website for All Your Real Estate Needs!
www.LadybugRealtyNM.com Keller Williams Realty (505) 897-1100 6240 Riverside Plaza Ste 100 Albuquerque NM 87120
CL@SSIFIED @DS CAMERON BALLOON SALES: Need consultation, information or quotes on a new balloon. Call Beth Wright-Smith at 604-2865 or Troy Bradley at 350-2705.
PILOT TRAINING from the most experienced instructor in the Southwest! Call Beth WrightSmith 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.
Pilot School: FAR pt 141 training from the most experienced instructor in the Southwest. Flexible schedules. One-on-one flight or ground school. private, commercial or add-on. Biennial flight reviews. Awarded the contract to instruct nationwide FAA personnel. Cameron Balloon Sales: Buy from a dealer with over 20 years of experience flying and selling Camerons, without overhead costs. www.airborneheat.com In Albuquerque, email@example.com or 505-604-2865
White Sands Balloon Invitational September 17 ~ 18th, 2011 Alamogordo, New Mexico
Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta September 10 ~ 11th, 2011 Elephant Butte State Park Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Emergency Numbers AAAA Roster General Emergency
Power Line Contact
ABQ International Airport Control Tower
ABQ International Airport
846-1478 846-7913 846-7926
Sandia National Lab
Petroglyph Park & Open Space
Double Eagle Tower
352-5595 352-5596 352-5597
Double Eagle Automated Weather
Search and Rescue
Albuquerque Fire and Rescue
Bernalillo County Sheriff
Corrales Fire and Rescue
Sandoval County Public Safety
NOTE: These 2 Numbers are for the entire
Sandoval County: ALL Police, Fire, Rescue for Rio Rancho and Admittance to Pueblos, including Santa Ana Pueblo, Sandia Pueblo AAAA Ballooning Information
CLOUDBOUNCER A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE ALBUQUERQUE AEROSTAT ASCENSION ASSOCIATION AND EDUCTION FOUNDATION P.O BOX 90160 ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87199-160
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