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T HE NEXT GENERAL M EETING WILL BE T UESDAY 25 TH OCT OBER 2011 M CM ELEGANT E HOTEL 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
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Ways and Means – 40 year pins are in M ike has inventoried items so that we have supply needed for the AAAA Table at the Landing.
S_pt_m\_r 19, 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 M ike Gonzales
Community Relations – Jane Schill with the Barrett house would like a donation of a balloon ride for a raffle all proceeds are for Domestic Violence Awareness M onth. Khyber Haven House will be holding a candle light visual in 10-19-11 would like balloons to do a glow.
11/5 – Walk to Cure Diabetes. Would like balloons for tethered rides. Balloon Fiesta Park Secretary report – We have several new members from the membership special for Fiesta Safety seminar. All new members were voted on and approved by the board.
Treasurer’s report –As of September 19, 2011, 2011 the AAAA Education Foundation has a balance of $42169.56. As of September19, 2011 the AAAA General Fund has a balance of $15437.43. The books were returned to UNM Press we received a credit memo Dick will contact them for a refund check.
Vice President’s report –Peter has speakers for the next meetings lined up. Peter has been in contact with Emily at the Sheraton for bids on meeting room rates for next year’s meeting. November’s meeting will be moved into a smaller room as a result the rental fee for November will be reduced.
11/6 – Veterinary Cancer S ociety is having an event at the Balloon Museum and would like 2 or more balloons for tethered rides. Location Balloon Museum fat 6:30pm.
11/19/11 Balloon Glow City of Rio Rancho 30 birthday celebration
Please contact Jennifer for information if you would like to participate in the above requests
Flying Events – Thirty two pilots registered for the event. AAAA target Third place went to Paul Smith and Blair Kaufman both with a score of 9ft 6in. Second place went to Keith Takach, 2 ft. 3.5 in. First place went to Eric Greenwood with 1 ft. 0.5 in.
Education – Registration for the Fiesta Safety Seminar is on the AAAA Website and registration is under way. Education Committee is working Fast and Furious on the Safety Seminar.
Special thanks go out to all the pilots who donated the can goods as well as $41.00. All was given to Rio Rancho schools.
Crew Development – November 11, 2011 we will be having a mini seminar on Drop Line Safety. We are working on the logistics to have a CPR Class as well as planning crew safety seminar in M arch.
Thanks also go out to the following people who helped with this event: Weatherman Kirk Hooper, Tom Fisher, Evelyn Brickner, Lisa M ulder, and Al Lowenstein.
Our next event will be Saturday November 11 at the Rio Rancho field. Pilot registration starts at 06:00. Pilot Briefing starts at 06:30. We will not have a club flying event in October due to Fiesta. Flying Events Committee meeting will November 7, 2011 at Applebee’s located at 2600 M enaul Blvd. NE our meetings start at 6:00 pm.
AAAA General Meeting Minutes
S pecial Events – Colleen had a great first meeting at her house with the volunteers for Friends and Lovers rally.
The September AAAA General Meeting w as held on Septem ber 27th, at the Fiesta Landing tent.
Old Business – The addendum for the roster is 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.
New Business – Evolution Insurance has contacted Elisa inquiring about participating in one of club meetings. As the bi-laws of the club state we are unable to full fil this request as they are soliciting business for their company. Gary motioned that we instead let Evolution Insurance have a table at Safety Seminar just as the other agencies have. M otion was passed by board vote. Elisa has a volunteer Jennifer Garcia for the Nomination Chair for upcoming Board Elections. Keith Takach and Cindy Patrick have also volunteered to help with the nominations. Board Positions that will be open next year are: President, Flying Events, and Crew Development
Comm ittee reports were abbreviated and no program was offered. The Fiesta Landing tent was chosen as a special site to facilitate the show ing of the 2011 Fiesta Pilot Video in an adjacent tent and, for the first time, full Fiesta registration w as also offered for those pilots in attendance. This first opportunity to complete registration at a AAAA meeting seemed to be m uch appreciated by the pilots who were able to take advantage of this service. The next AAAA general meeting w ill be held back at the Elegante Hotel on Tuesday, October 25th. Don Edw ards w ill be presenting a wrap-up of Fiesta events and statistics.
membership fee for the remainder of the year. In addition to a reduced membership fee AAAA will also waive the initiation fee. ~~~ Reposted from September~~~ Instructor Refresher: Date: Saturday,
November 12, 2011
T ime: 1 pm to 5 pm Where: AIBF Office on Alameda NE
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.
M embership Sale: If you would like to save $10 on your seminar registration, AAAA is offering a reduced
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!
Second place went to Keith Takach, 2 ft. 3.5 in. ~~~REPOSTED from BOARD Minutes~~~
Flying Events â€“ Thirty two pilots registered for the event. AAAA target Third place went to Paul S mith and Blair Kaufman both with a score of 9ft 6in.
First place went to Eric Greenwood with 1 ft. 0.5 in.
September's Top Gun flying event was a success with 9 pilots participating. Thank You Mike Garcia for being the event director calling 3 tasks. Congratulations to Eric Greenwood for being our September Top Gun Champion. Scores for our flying events are on the website. www.topgunballooning.org You will also find the year to date scores.
Ham Radio Classes The high desert amateur radio club gives classes and exams for ham radio. They will be having a class November 5th and 6th 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.
A special Thank You to Sue Oldenburg's crew, Keith and Michelle Lutz, for the great tailgate food!! Our next Top Gun flying event for October will be, Sunday, October 16, 2011. Pilot briefing will be promptly at 6:30am at the AIBF offices.
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WELCOME TO CREW CHIEF’S CORNER! WELCOME TO CREW CHIEF’S CORNER! (Copyright 2010 by Gordon S chwonthkowski)
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 in-depth analys is 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. HEALTHY CREW D YNAMICS
Chemistry, teamwork, small group dynamics – whatever you call it, how your crew interacts, cooperates, and achieves can trump a world championship, the latest equipment, and decades of experience when it comes to flight safety and ballooning enjoyment. Whether your crew is open source (new faces every time) or task force (familiar faces) matters less than the culture your crew chief creates. Both peak performances and civil wars are created and nurtured from within. This isn’t feel-good pop psychology; it’s essential every pilot and crew chief understands how this works and how to troubleshoot glitches that come up during a flight or season. We’ve all seen it and been there. The Peak Performance Crew is short on hands, faces high winds, smiles and laughs, acts decisively with minimal direction, and somehow launches their balloon perfectly as
if there’s no wind at all. The Civil War Crew is 15 eager faces out of sync, yelling at and over each other, in conflict (pouting and meltdowns), and struggles to hot inflate safely in dead calm conditions. The former bonds and achieves with no apparent effort, the latter implodes after super-human efforts. We’d all like our crews to hum like a Swiss watch, but is this really necessary? And what can you really do when your crew lurches erratically like a cold diesel? Yes, healthy crew dynamics are absolutely essential to safety for every crew. The smallest trigger can begin a spiraling cycle of more stress and less safety and fun. A single bored, frustrated, angry, or disenfranchised crew member can distract or derail an entire crew. Distrust, dislike, misunderstanding, and confusion compromise safety via poor communication, judgment, and decision-making. Discord among spouses, family members, friends, and colleagues who crew together can continue long after a flight and may ruin an entire event, season, or even relationship. Good luck putting a replacement cost on that!
There’s no magic bullet or formula to turn a Civil War Crew into a Peak Performance Crew, and sometimes the dynamics just don’t work. In many ways, the crew chief has an impossible task: leading a team (whose cast, number, skill level, motive, and commitment change throughout the flight) to precisely perform complex tasks in a highly dynamic yet unstructured environment quickly and safely, often with little or no planning. When clearly visualizing results is difficult, the quality of the experience more largely determines the nature of your results. Thus, your crew’s
software becomes as or even more important than its hardware. Not every Civil War Crew can fully evolve into a Peak Performance Crew, but there are steps which clearly improve your crew’s dynamics. You’ll recognize many of these from your own experience; others will only ring true with time. Some seem trivial, others not even worth mentioning. All, however, can make a drastic impact on the quality of your flight safety and crewing experience. Among the most notable in several categories are:
EQUIPM ENT ·
Simplify: streamline everything you do and carry, keep nonessential gear to a minimum, make checklists so nothing’s left behind Keep it clean: pick up after yourself (maintain order, value, and pride) Assign everything a place: make sure everyone knows where things go, then put them there Fix it: replace what doesn’t work NOW whether it’s an inflation technique, fan cage clip, or shoelace - failure can cost many times more than replacement parts Put it back in its place: the next time you need it, you’ll need it NOW with no time to search Ready it for next time: fill it with gas/helium, coil/bag it correctly, strap it down, etc.
CREW · Clarify expectations: both what to expect and what is expected · Consider motives: volunteer crew show up for very different reasons than paid crew · Assign clear roles early: who’s the crew chief, who drives, who fills the cooler, who charges and works the radio, who navigates, etc. · Delegate: ballooning is a team sport, not an individual event · Trust: give every crew member a job and let them do it. How well they perform reflects on you and your training Keep your crew fed and watered: they’ll be more productive, loyal, and agreeable 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. REMEMB ER
Next Committee Meeting will be October 20, 2011 at 6pm. Meeting at Mike and Colleen Johnson's home 4923 Globus Ct NW Albuquerque, NM
TH E FIES TA WRAP-UP IS AT THE NEXT AAAA G ENERAL MEETING O N OCTOBER 25 th
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NOVEMBER Events 7TH – Flying Committee meeting 10th – Crew Development Committee Meeting, 6pm 12th – Flying Event – Rio Rancho Park Registration 6:00am Briefing 6:30am th 14 – Education Committee Meeting, 6pm 14th – Board Meeting @ Balloon Fiesta Office, 6pm 20th – Top Gun Flying Event, 6:30am 22th – Ways & Means Committee Meeting, 5:30pm 22th – General Meeting @ MCM Elegante 6:30pm
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29th Annual TAOS Mountain Balloon Rally October 28, 29 & 30, 2011
RED ROCK BALLOON RALLY December 02 ~ 04, 2011 Gallup 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
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