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Board of Directors 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 rwrcpa@flash.net

FLYING EVENTS John Hofer Ph: 505 506 6594 jhhballoon@gmail.com

COMMUNITY RELATIONS Jennifer Greenwood Ph: 505 362 3167 communityrelations@hotairballooning.org

EDUCATION Garry Haruska Ph: 505 830 2225 education@hotairballooning.org

SPECIAL EVENTS Colleen Johnson Ph: 505 417 5605 Johnson_ec@aps.edu

CREW DEVELOPMENT Mike Garcia Ph: 505 659 2473 mike1dwn@msn.com

WAYS & MEANS Mike Gonzales Ph: 505 563 0029 Steampwr6@live.com

Website www.hotairballooning.org Cloudbouncer Editor ~ Pat Chando Editor@hotairballooning.org

Photographs By: Patrick Please submit your photographs for possible addition to the Coudbouncer at Editor@hotairballooning.org Remember to say w hen and w here it w as taken. Thanks, Pat

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and that the May event will cover Lindstrand and Cameron systems.

JANUARY 16, 2011 Meeting was called to order by President Elisa Trillanes at 6:00pm Members in Attendance -Peter Cuneo, Dick Rice, Jennifer Greenwood, Garry Haruska, Colleen Johnson, Mike Garcia, Mike Gonzales, John Hofer Absent: Diana Rutz Secretary’s report – Diana was not able to be present so there was no Secretary’s Report. Treasurer’s report – Dick is almost finished reviewing and converting the AAAA accounting records in to Quick Books format. As of December 31, 2011 the AAAA Education Foundation has total assets of $43,934.04. As of December 31, 2011 the AAAA General Fund has total assets of $12,002.54. Vice President’s report – Peter reported that this month’s speaker will be Tom Goettsche talking about ballooning apps for your smart phone. Next month will be a re-running of the 1991 episode of Rescue 911 featuring an unexpected solo flight by an eleven year old boy. Peter also reported that a contract has been signed with the Elegante Hotel to continue to hold the AAAA general meetings there through this June, 2012. Education – Garry reported that a Safety Seminar and both a Private and Commercial Ground School are all in the planning stage. He also reported that a site used for the past three Fiesta Safety Seminars will not be available this year. Alternate sites are being investigated Crew Development – Mike Garcia reported that the March Flying Event class will demonstrate Balloon Works balloon systems

Ways and Means – Mike Gonzales reported that corporate memberships have been sent out. He also needs more donated items for the March silent auction. Community Relations – Jennifer Greenwood reported that there were two requests for stand-ups or tethers in the near future. One for West Mesa High School on Feb. 11 and one at Coors and I-40 for Feb 17. Flying Events – John reported that the AIBF Fiesta is unavailable for the 2012 Jingle Bell Rally. An alternate site will be selected. The board discussed the possibility that commercial balloon rides could be conducted at AAA flying events in violation of the terms of the AAA’s waiver. Special Events – Colleen reported on Friends & Lovers: The newly re-opened Fiesta on the Green (formerly Garduno’s on the Green) will be the site of the Friday evening dinner, with catering by the Cooperage. A silent auction will run from Friday evening until the brunch on Sunday. Auction items are needed. There will be a social scavenger hunt and raffle on Friday night with a D.J. for dancing and fun. This will also be the location of Pilot brief both days and the tailgate on Saturday. The Crowne Plaza will be the site of the Sunday awards brunch with silent auction and raffle finale. The Elegante Hotel will provide rooms for a few out of town pilots. Pilots who provide rides for sponsors will receive propane. If funds allow, a tent (partially sponsored by AIBF) will be erected outside the Fiesta on the Green for pilot briefings and socializing. Application deadline is being extended to January 24th at the AAAA general meeting. Nominations Committee: Jennifer Garcia reported the status on the following open board positions: President, two members are considering accepting a nomination; Flying Events: Rudy Garcia has agreed to be nominated;

Treasurer: the incumbent, Dick Rice, has agreed to be nominated; Crew Development: Craig Pendleton has agreed to be nominated. Old Business – None New Business – Elisa reported that the 2012 AAAA Flying Events Waiver has been approved by the local FAA FSDO office. She also reported that all members who received inaccurate membership renewal forms have been notified and sent corrected forms.

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Bob Ruppenthal Education Award. This award is given in honor of Bob Ruppenthal, a charter member of AAAA, an avid balloonist who chaired the first AAAA Education Committee. First awarded in 1981, this award is made to a AAAA member who has contributed significantly to the education of others in the area of balloon safety and operation. This person must have contributed significantly in time and effort and must have participated actively in the organization and/or instruction of ground schools and safety seminars for AAAA and/or the ballooning community at large. P.B. "SLIM" RAWLEY CREW AWARD The Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) Board of Directors is currently taking nominations for "Slim" Rawley Crew Award. This award is given in honor of Slim Rawley, a AAAA member since 1976 and an avid, dedicated crew member. The award is given to a AAAA member who has contributed significantly to the sport of hot air ballooning. The recipient should be someone who has distinguished him/herself in support of ballooning through such activities as crew member, observer, scorer, event volunteer, AAAA committee member, or general goodwill ambassador to the community. The award is to go to the "unsung hero" who has gone the extra mile to promote, expand, and support the sport of hot air ballooning. Elisa Trillanes President AAAA



Tom Goettsche HI DEF BOB RUPPENTHAL EDUCATION AWARD The Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) Board of Directors is currently taking nominations for the

2012 Nominations

Bio’s Treasurer- Dick Rice. 1975- Started

ballooning during the 2nd World Championships, was a scorer for the event. In 1976 was a scorer again for the World Championships, shortly thereafter purchased first balloon, a Balloon Works FF7, it was delivered on St. Patrick’s Day of 1978, the colors were green, orange and white! Its name was Windsong. Started working on pilot’s license and got commercial right after. From the mid 70’s till 1983 was President of Fiesta. Left the Fiesta board in 1985, returned to Fiesta as a “past president” in 2001. Then in 2002 became the treasurer and still is Treasurer for the Fiesta Board. Has also been a CPA since the 60’s, and is still flying with son, in the balloon “Hearts of Fire.”

Crew Dev elopment- Craig Pendleton. I grew up around balloons attending the earliest Balloon Fiestas in the early 1970s as a babe in arms. I still remember my first crew experience holding the fan and going on chase for Ballooner Sooner. Shortly thereafter I had my first flight with Buzz Wills in Amarillo, TX at age 5. Spending another 20 years as crew before becoming a pilot in 1996 gave me great appreciation for the importance of well trained crew to the safety and enjoyment of balloon flights for crew, pilots, and spectators alike. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to crew both recreationally and professionally, on regular and special shapes, from sea to shining sea. The AAAA Crew Development committee is a great resource for

continuing the crew education opportunities already established by its hardworking members. In addition, I think we have an opportunity to expand our reach to invigorate teens and children to understand the roles and responsibilities of quality crew which will contribute to extending the viability of our great sport into the next generation.

Education- Garry Haruska. I first joined AAAA in 1986. After traveling around the country flying commercial contracts I returned to Albuquerque and rejoined AAAA in 2003. I started my ballooning career in 1976 in the Midwest. I am a commercial pilot. I have participated as an instructed or as an organizer for 14 safety seminars. In the mid 70’s ballooning was a lot different than it is now, ballooning has evolved and the instruction and education process for ballooning has also evolved. I think I can help in the evolution process for the education and continuing education of AAAA and the ballooning community. The education for ballooning is not just what it takes to pass your written but to keep everyone up to date on all aspects of ballooning – regulations, equipment, procedures, airspace, and outside influences. The education of our members is not a oneperson

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Here are three great opportunities for community involvement: West Mesa High School is hosting the New Mexico State Student Council Conference and would like to have a balloon do a stand up as the delegates are leaving on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Please contact me if you are interested. Horizon Academy West would like for a balloon to do a stand up at their school. They are located behind the Wal-Mart on Coors and I-40. The time would be between 9am and 11am (note you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to stand up the whole two hours, that is allowing for set up, take down, etc.). The possible dates are February 17, March 9, 23 and 30, April 6 and 27, May 4, 11 and 18. Remember the donation of your time, mileage, etc. is tax deductible. If you are interested please contact me. The Jewish Family Services which provides a food pantry, medical transportation for the elderly and assistants to the community in a number of ways is looking for a balloon ride donation for their April fundraising event. Please contact me if you can donate a balloon ride to be auctioned off at this event. Thank you for considering these requests Jennifer Greenwood 505-362-3167 jgballoon@q.com

JANUARY FLYING EVENT Twenty-nine pilots registered. Eleven pilots scored. Troy Bradley took third place with a distance of 15.6 feet,

second place went to Ray Bair with a distance of 8.83 feet

Balloon Fiesta Field. Pilot registration starts at 06:00. Pilot Briefing starts at 06:30. John H Hofer Flying Events Director

Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association 2012 AAAA Flying Events Schedule

and first place went to Bently Street with a distance of 5.58 feet.



January 14, 2012 (Saturday)

Balloon Fiesta Park

February 11 & 12, Friends 2012 & Lover’s Rally March 11, 2012 (Sunday)

Balloon Fiesta Park

April 14, 2012 (Saturday)

Rio Rancho

May 13,2012 (Sunday)

Balloon Fiesta Park

June 9, 2012 (Saturday)

Rio Rancho

July 15, 2012 (Sunday)

Balloon Fiesta Park

August 11, 2012 (Saturday)

Rio Rancho

September 9, 2012(Sunday)

Balloon Fiesta Park

November 10, 2012 (Saturday)

Rio Rancho

December 8 & 9, 2012

Balloon Fiesta Park

Registration Time 6:45

6:00 Balloon Fiesta Park

6:45 6:15 5:30 5:30 5:30 6:00 6:15 6:00 6:30

.………………… ……………………… ……… …………… ………… Balloon Fiesta Park ABQ VOR 038 Radial 14NM Rio Rancho Site ABQ VOR 015 Radial 15NM

Our next event will be the Friends and Lovers Rally, February 11and 12 at the

Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association Crew Development Scholarship 2012 BFA Balloon Camp Eligibility: Students applying must be a Member, Family Member or Junior Member of AAAA and 13 to 18 years of age (by May 1st). Parent or Guardian must sign release acknowledging application for Scholarship. Selection Criteria: Academic Record: Applicatant should have at least a 3.0 GPA (based on 4.0 scale). Official Transcript, GPA must be included on the transcript. Resume of Extracurricular Activities: school, church, community, employment, athletics, leadership, honors. Student Essay: Submit essay on 8 ½ by 11 white paper, double spaced. Essay should be 400 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 500 words. Do not use your name or school name IN the essay. TOPIC: Why I want to attend BFA Jr. Balloonist Camp, and why I would be a good ambassador for AAAA. Two letters of Recommendation: One needs to be from a teacher. Others can be from an employer, coach, counselor or other adult who knows you well, preferably on letterhead. Letters may not be from a family member, unless you were their employee and they were your supervisor or they were your home schooled teacher. Submit all paperwork no later than April 30, 2012 to: AAAA Crew Development BFA Camp Scholarship Committee PO Box Albuquerque, NM Children of AAAA Crew Development Scholarship Selection Committee members are not eligible. All applications and supporting documents become property of AAAA and will not be returned.

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Top Gun had a challenging flying event on Sunday, January 28th. Thank You Mike Garcia for being our Event Director. You are so appreciated! We had 10 pilots in the air which colored the skies of West Albuquerque.

Congratulations to Neil Jackson for being the January Champion.

Second place going to Ray Bair

and third place going to Jonathan Wright

Thank you Paul Smith for the use of the Fiesta Building. Awards were given to the top 10 of 2011 along with the "Rookie of the Year" award going to Neil Jackson. Top Gun welcomes new directors for 2012. Mark Trillanes - President Jason Buckner - Vice President Dave Bagley - Treasurer Shelly Cannaday - Secretary Alan Cannaday - Director Fred Peek - Director Mike Garcia - Director Steven Adams - Director Keith Takach - Director Top Gun will be hosting a long jump competition on February 18th, weather permitting with possible back-up dates of 2-19,2-25 and 2-26 Top Gun will have our regular February flying event on Sunday, February 19, 2012. (could cancel due to long jump so check for updates) Meeting at AIBF offices with the doors opening at 6:15am for registration and pilot briefing promptly at 6:45am. MARK YOUR CALENDARS Top Gun State Championships May 25 - 28. 2012

And M ike Johnson

, resulting in a tie for third. Congratulations! Thank you scorers, Shelly Cannaday, Dave Bagley, Bill Kennedy, Beth Talbert, Mary Jo Arell, Joan Coffing, Steve Coffing. A special thanks to Pat Chando for being onsite with his wonderful cameras. 2012 wecomed two new Top Gun pilots, Tom Goettsche and Jonathan Wright. On January 21, 2012, Top gun hosted their Annual Top Gun meeting at AIBF.


February 11-12, 2012 Applications Available on the web site www.hotairballooning.org Registration is now available! REGISTRATION DEADLINE is January 23, 2012 Late fee after 1/23/12 will be $50.00 •

balloon crew members in the area and to give back to the community by raising money for charity. This year, rally proceeds are earmarked for the American Heart Association. Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans? In fact, someone dies from CVD every 38 seconds! Heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. And congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. Embracing a healthier life is one of the best gifts we can give to ourselves and those we love. Through your donation to the American Heart Association, you're helping build a healthier, stronger legacy one heart at a time.

AAAA Members: FREE •

Non-AAAA Members: $35.00 • •

Balloons with banners or advertising must pay a Contributing Sponsor Fee of $150.

All fees must be paid by the Registration Deadline. This year is the 35th anniversary of the The Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally. The rally is produced by the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA). Join us February 11 and 12 at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque,NM. Over 100 balloons, including competition racers and special shapes, fill the sky on this winter weekend. While this rally has a playful Valentine’s Day theme and is open to the public it is mainly put on to recognize the support ballooning receives from the multitude of

Rem ember to Register for the 2011 Friends and Lovers Rally by January 23, IT’S FREE for all AAAA mem bers! After A fter the 23rd the cost is $50.00. Registration forms can be found on the AAAA website – hotairballooning.org

Greetings Pilots;

First of all, let me acknowledge my appreciation in your participation in this year’s rally. W ithout you we would not have such a wonderful event. The Friends and Lovers Committee has worked very hard to make this year’s rally a huge success with great prizes awarded to crew and pilots. W e are hoping you all make great new friends, who knows, maybe cupid will be there.... Please read the attached schedule of events for the 2012 Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally. There have been a couple of changes for this year’s event. The dinner on Friday will take place at Fiesta on the Green (the old Garduno’s on the Green). The rally is paying for you and three crew member’s dinner, catered by the Cooperage. If you need more tickets to the dinner, the cost will be $15.00 per person. You must let me know if you need extra tickets by Monday, February 6th . A cash bar will be open from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The silent auction will begin at the dinner and conclude at 11:00 on Sunday at the brunch. Don’t forget to bring you decorated baggie for best decorated baggie contest!

Fiesta on the Green. If you plan on tailgating on your own it will have to be on the south end of the field. If it is great weather we can use the roof top deck. Please plan on tailgating together, get to know someone new! Propane will be available from Cross Country Propane @ $2.50 per gallon. Location of propane to be determined. Commercial Pilots who fly sponsors will have propane provided for that flight.

*** Balloon Museum

Saturday/Sunday flying will fall under the AAAA rules/waiver and those rules spelled out in the waiver will apply to EVERYONE whether you are fun flying, flying sponsors, or competition flying. Flying competition will be explained at the Saturday morning Pilot Brief. The crew games on Saturday will be so much fun, we hope all will participate! Crew games will help accumulate points for the overall score for the weekend’s competition. Tailgate after crew games and flying will be located at Fiesta on the Green as well. We are hoping for a community tailgate, if weather is bad, we have the use of inside

Balloon Museum : Special Speaker Jay Miller, world-renowned aviation authority and aerial photographer, will be at the Museum for a special program. Date and Time: Saturday, March 3, 2 p.m. Topic: Aviation photography.

Double Eagle AWOS Since the Double Eagle weather isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t available by phone once the tower opens, I called them to see if it was possible to have it available both by aircraft radio and by phone after 6 am. The tower personnel told me the system is incompatible with having them both on, but if balloonists wanted to get weather by phone, they could call the tower at 3525595 and get a real-time weather update from them on current conditions at the airport.

$100.00 Dollars a Flight ?????????????????????????? Most of us have heard of Obama's proposed $100 user fee, but I don't think the full impact of this proposed rule has been fully realized. The Obama Administration attempts to alleviate the fears of light aircraft pilots by stating:


"All piston aircraft [and] aircraft operating outside of controlled airspace ...would be exempted..."


This gives the impression that the new tax will only affect the corporate jet world. Problem is, balloons are not 'piston aircraft' and therefore will not be exempt from the $100 per flight tax.

The High desert amateur club is putting on a technician class and test for those of you that would like to get your amateur radio licence . The cost for this class is $25.00 to include the test fee, lunch ,coffee and donuts on Saturday morning. This is a one and a half day course with the test given afterwards. The location is at the NM-TF1building . details when you register with me. Fred Lete letefred@aol.com

When we fly in Class E airspace (in the Albuquerque area above 700 feet AGL) or if we get into Double Eagle or the Albuquerque International airspace we will also not be exempt. Please take a few minutes to sign the petition to the Obama Administration to exempt gliders, balloons, electric aircraft and ultralights from the $100 per flight user fee at: http://wh.gov/K4Q We need 25,000 signatures in 30 days!




8th – Flying Committee Meeting 8th – Crew Development Committee Meeting, 6pm 11th ~

12th –

Friends and Lovers Rally, Fiesta Field, Registration 06:00am

13th – Education Committee Meeting

Full Page….. ..$110.00 Half Page…….$55.00 Quarter Page..$28.00 Eighth Page…$14.00

20th – Board Meeting at the Cooperage at 6:00 pm 18th – TOP GUN flying event Registration at 6:15am Pilot Brief promptly at 06:45am 28th – Ways & Means Committee Meeting, 5:30pm 28th-General Meeting @ MCM Elegante 6:30pm

Classified Advertisements $2 per 50-characterline; prepaid only All prepaid advertisements

MARCH Events 5TH – Flying Committee meeting

7th – Crew Development Committee Meeting, 6pm 11th – Flying Event – Balloon Fiesta Park Registration 6:45 am th 12 – Education Committee Meeting, 6pm 19th – Board Meeting @ Balloon Fiesta Office, 6pm 19th – Top Gun Flying Event, Registration at 6:15am Pilot Brief promptly at 06:45am 27th – Ways & Means Committee Meeting, 5:30pm 27th – General Meeting @ MCM Elegante 6:30pm


“All advertisements must be prepaid with a Credit Card. The deadline for advertisements is the third Friday of the month. Email advertisements to Beth Wright-Smith pbtsmith@lobo.net An invoice will then be emailed as well as payment instructions.”

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, pilotschool@lobo.net or 505-604-2865


CLASSIFIED ADS 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, pilotschool@lobo.net. FAA approved Part 141 school; flexible schedules. Now awarded the contract to instruct FAA personnel. Also see www.airborneheat.com.

EAGLE LIFTGATE for sale, model 60 x 30. Lindstrand cloth squeezer, Briggs and Stratton five horsepower inflator fan with wood prop. Composit prop for sale, pibal reader and more. Call Mary Jo at 235-2347.

AAAA LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD BOARD MEMBERS Are you the person for the job? Are you ready to serve as a AAAA Board Member? Elections will take place at the March 27, 2012 Annual Meeting, with nominations during the January 24 and February 28 meetings. Nominations will be accepted for President, Treasurer, Flying Events, Education and Crew Development. Board Members are: expected to operate the club effectively and efficiently and to be responsible to the needs and wishes of the membership as a whole. Expected to attend board meeting, general meetings, and appropriate committee meetings. Expected to receive and respond to any and all complaints directed to the board by club members. Members of the board elected to serve as liaisons to standing committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shall be responsible to: appoint or act as committee chairperson; assure the committee meets as necessary to perform assigned tasks; report committee activities to the board and report decisions or requests to the committee. Please check out the By Laws and Operating Rules listed on the web site www.hotairballooning.org . By Laws; Section 7; Powers and Duties (page 6 and 7) list the duties of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and the Board of Directors. In the Operating Rules, Section IV; Board of Directors (page 4 -10) lists the duties, and purposes of the committees. If you are interested in running for a position, or have questions about board positions, please contact: DebbieTennis 505-259-8159 cell

Emergency Numbers AAAA Roster General Emergency


Power Line Contact


ABQ International Airport Control Tower


After 4pm


ABQ International Airport


Kirtland AFB

846-1478 846-7913 846-7926

Sandia National Lab


Isleta Pueblo


Petroglyph Park & Open Space


Flight Service


Double Eagle Tower

352-5595 352-5596 352-5597

Double Eagle Automated Weather


Southwest FSDO

764-1200 1-800-531-1124

Search and Rescue


Albuquerque Fire and Rescue


Albuquerque Police


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



WINDTALKER 505-891-1733




AAAA P.O. BOX 90160 ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87199-160

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2012 February Cloudbouncer  

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

2012 February Cloudbouncer  

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